Summer Adventures

April 2, 2019

It occurs to me that I may have left out an important detail in yesterday’s announcement about me going to Italy after the academic year ends.

I’m not actually MOVING there… yet. But I WILL be staying for five weeks.

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Accepting the inevitable

April 1, 2019

Given my many posts on the subject over the past year or two, this will probably not come as much of a surprise… but after I finish this academic year and my on-campus teaching is done, I’m doing something pretty drastic and awesome.

I’ve rented an apartment in Siena, Italy. And I’m going there alone.

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Imparando l’italiano

January 16, 2019

I recently mentioned that we’re excitedly returning to Italy in a few weeks, for our fifth visit to the country. This isn’t just because we like to vacation there; we’re legitimately conspiring to move there in a few years. Regardless, these frequent visits have started to chip away at the feeling of being a tourist, and instead have helped it feel like a place we know well and in which we fit in. Except, as long as we’re English-speaking visitors, we’ll always be stranieri, or foreigners.

Which is why I’m learning Italian.

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Italy, take… five?

January 15, 2019

Friends and longtime readers probably are sick to death of hearing about Italy from me, but my love affair with the country continues unabated. If anything, our several visits have made me more enamored by Italy, rather than less.

And it’s only going to get stronger in 2019.

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They like me, they really like me!

January 14, 2019

Though I can hardly believe it’s true, I’ve finished an entire semester of teaching on campus. This means that I’ve completed an entire undergraduate term and two grad school terms (the regular semester is split into two 7-8 week terms) in person, rather than the online classes that I’ve been accustomed to.

It turns out that my experience has been completely unlike what I expected… in some very good ways.

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Home vs. home

September 9, 2018

This has been a week of “homes” for me: I left West Palm Beach to go spend Labor Day weekend in NYC last week, and today spent a few hours at the Charlotte airport on the way home from a work trip. I’m on my way back to West Palm Beach now.

My head is spinning from it all.

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Kevin 3.0

August 27, 2018

Two years ago, I embarked on a quest that I called “Kevin 2.0“. I had realized that I was being very negative, complaining frequently, and sharing bitter, cynical messages with the world. I announced a rebranding effort to put more positively out into the world.

Well, friends, it’s time for another upgrade: welcome to Kevin 3.0.

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