My story began in southern California. I (my personality) did not choose my origin — but it determined the God I would speak to, the passport I would hold, the languages I would speak, the lullabies I would hear, the traditions I would learn and the foods I would be fed.
Every city has great buildings, but Chicago is its’ great buildings. Everything is framed by remarkable architecture and the windy city blew me away.
Although it’s a sports town, which I have no interest in, I was gawking at the stratospheric, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry’s swooping silver Pritzer Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass Robie House.
When I lived in New York, I spent a labor day week-end in Philadelphia, with a friend. I had been on the east coast eleven months, and it was an end of summer farewell. I loved the historical points of interest that I witnessed from my window seat as she drove along the Delaware River. She was half- Irish and half- Philippine and classy in every sense of the word. She had a decade on me, and had lived in Italy, serving as an attaché to some dignitary.
ummers make me think of my trip to Greece. I couldn’t believe where lies the cradle of civilization it was not possible to have an intelligent conversation, much less a philosophical one. That’s when I figured out that cold climates breed indoor activities and intellectual pursuits such as playing an instrument, classical music, painting, playing board games, doing puzzles, knitting and reading.
Summer is time for conversing and being with family and friends in outdoor activities such as swimming, playing volleyball, picnicking, bike riding, and cricket.
Having a lemon tree I can’t help but think about France, and there are a few American things (I have to use my imagination) that can put me at a sidewalk café, mid-afternoon, for a pause and some people-watching. One of them is citron pressé.
In 2010 I saw a version of the traditional bright red phone booths in England, transformed. Inside shelves had been installed stocked with books, with an opportunity for the reader to choose a book and swap one out.