Food is one of my passions, a close second to writing. When penning the scenes in the Reschen Valley series, I make sure that my characters eat and drink. Namely, because it is so inherent to the cultures I cover. Regardless of how I inject the art of cuisine into...

The Italian woman must follow Italian fashion. Taste, elegance and originality have demonstrated that this initiative can and must be successful.

- Italian Fascist Party edict


Early on in my readings of the Reschen Valley series (which covers the interwar per...

August 18, 2019

Each of my novels requires anywhere from 20 to 30 books of research about the era I'm writing in. For the Reschen Valley series, I read German and English materials, and use translation engines for Italian documents. But the gold nugget for The Option (the 4th book in...

In the second of this two-part series, I'll introduce you to the top museums dedicated to depicting the historical battles of WW1 (and WW2) in the Italian Dolomites, South Tyrolean territory. In our post in June, we gave you a little bit of background about the unique...

In this two-part series, we're going to take you on a hike through the Italian Dolomites in South Tyrolean territory. In our post in July, we'll give you a list of the museums dedicated to bringing the region's war stories up close and personal. Virtual tours, movies a...

Last month, I posted the first of two parts regarding the Catholic rituals and heritage of Palm Sunday through Easter Monday. Having grown up in a Ukrainian-American household in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then moving to Austria, I have acquired quite the multi-culti...

April 29, 2019

 This year, my husband and I celebrated Catholic Easter in Pitigliano, Italy. Our "big bash" was on Orthodox Easter a week later. I grew up with both traditions.

One of the things I have to deal with as an ex-pat and when communicating with my family is to justify all t...

March 14, 2019

Like the United States has George Washington as its iconic founding father, an Austrian province in the middle of Europe, called Tyrol, gives homage through paintings and memorabilia to one man. His name was Andreas Hofer.

When Napoleon defeated the Hapsburgs in 1805, t...

February 17, 2019

European Traditions and Cultures around Carnival and Lent

January 28, 2019

Before I started the Reschen Valley series, I was writing about Ukraine in WW2. Shortly after I completed my debut novel, I realized I still had a story in me from that period. I sat down at a camping table somewhere in South Tyrol and hand-wrote "Souvenirs from Kiev"...

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