From October 28th-November 11th, I’ll be touring the US with my son and Beatrice, Stefano and their son Bernardo to “raise the barn” on our new farm project in Italy. After many years of work, we are finally very excited to share that our community is coming together on the farm and we’re starting new… Read More Announcing our Borgo Basino Barnraising Tour!
Sitting down to eat together is a cornerstone of Italian culture. Perhaps you’ve heard about this or experienced it yourself, but for Italians food is a sacred substance and sharing it with others completes the rite. After years living in this country, I catch myself performing rituals of this culinary communion that I’d never imagined… Read More Sea Change
I don’t often dine beside the Parthenon, but as I stared at it this particular time, something felt familiar. I was leading a group of American students from my new part time job on a study tour of Greece for Spring Break. By this time we’d had several meals while gazing on the acropolis from… Read More Basecamp
Looking outside our windows these days of solstice, you would see the first hard frost of the season covering the hills, freezing the last fall leaves still hanging in the forest around us. Another bright autumn of reds and oranges is giving way to the greys and whites of winter. The snowline is clear just… Read More Solstice Greetings from Italy!
We’re back on the farm! We knew upon returning to Italy that the House of Peace would be a temporary place for us, and one of the key things to decide was where the kids would go to school. The preschool we found near La Casa della Pace was actually pretty nice for a short… Read More Back (to School)
After our last post, a friend offered this comment: It’s impressively optimistic to name a home “House of Peace.” Even the smallest inter-personal conflicts can disrupt a harmonious atmosphere, and I’m always impressed with groups of people who attempt to live together in community. Having watched a local commune in Oregon for years, as it… Read More 5 questions about community, 5 answers about immigration
Whether for the first day of Ramadan or for the annual gathering of an international Catholic community, we negotiate our separate experiences into our shared moments together. … Read More The House of Peace
We’re back! Our last post here more than a year ago spoke about the space of possibility and potential near the edges of one thing and another. We’ve been skating along the edges ever since, with little time to write or even to be clear what we’d say. Perhaps it’s still foggy, but at least… Read More Alignment
In Italian, le rive are the banks of a river or stream. The liminal space. I’ve almost certainly mentioned how much we believe in the power of this transitional space, but it bears repeating. We find transitional spaces in small moments in our daily lives as well as in the era of global changes we’re experiencing,… Read More On the banks of the RIVE
It’s the beginning of the year. It’s also been more than 13 months since we moved across a continent and an ocean. It should be a time for reflections but I’ve been refusing to do it. So many friends and family have been asking for updates and I don’t want to disappoint them, but mainly,… Read More Expecting Good Humor and Good Luck