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Want to Change? Fight for It!

Gasping for air, I tried to resurface to catch a breath.   But try as I may, I could not break through. It didn’t take long to realize my head was deliberately being held down under water and for a brief moment I wondered, “Is this it?”   Thankfully our coach was on deck and told the… Continue reading Want to Change? Fight for It!

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The Tale of Two Sisters – Metamorphosis and the Silk Worm

Wednesday afternoon - meeting Miriam and learning about the silkworm, silk, reviving traditions and metamorphosis was for me (next to the ancestry portion) the highlight of the trip. First of all, I am very interested in the older generation. I feel like they are rich in knowledge and wisdom and I would love to spend… Continue reading The Tale of Two Sisters – Metamorphosis and the Silk Worm

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The Tale of Two Sisters in Italy – Wine, Wine and more Wine

My sister had done a lot of legwork previous to our once-in-a-lifetime trip. She worked with the travel agency MyBellaVita who specializes in heritage/ancestry tours. Cherrye put together an itinerary for us based on our needs and desires. Today we were to visit Statti Winery. I had been wine "tasting" before when I was 21… Continue reading The Tale of Two Sisters in Italy – Wine, Wine and more Wine

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The Tale of Two Sisters in Italy – Our Family Heritage

The purpose of this trip was to visit the city that our great grandmother was from. My sister arranged a "heritage" tour and we sent our family background information ahead of our visit. Our driver/heritage tour director Domenico had done a lot of research on our behalf. He showed up at our hotel at 9:00… Continue reading The Tale of Two Sisters in Italy – Our Family Heritage