Mardi Gras, ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’

Today is Mardi Gras, Let the Good Times Roll! But, what is this big party and how did it all begin? Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.  This ritual of feasting began in Venice and Rome and…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Curl Up With a Good Book

  Good morning, good morning! Come in out of the cold! What in the world has happened to our nice warm, winter weather?  We are used to maybe the 40’s with it warming up at least to the low 60’s, sometime during the week! At least the sun is shining and it looks like it…

Festa del Corpus Domini, Orvieto, Italy

We are walking quickly, in the direction of the drum beats, following everyone else. Families, children, the young and old all seem to be on a mission; follow the sound of the drums. The late afternoon breeze is filled with the scent of honeysuckle. Mass growth of the plant sweeps the doorways, covers the walls. …