Beginning in the End 

I visited the catacombs today just outside of the Roman metropolis. I expected it to be creepy and a morbid part of me was excited to see some skeletons and shrouds.  However, what I ended up finding: rows upon rows of empty tombs (the bodies in the areas open to tourists have been relocated) and…

To the Hermitage of St. Francis

I've been abroad in Rome for the past ten days, but today I was- to the relief of my introversion- able to escape to the countryside of Assisi. There, I hiked to the Hermitage of St. Francis and every step of the way thought, "This is the most beautiful sight...wait, no. THIS is!" It was…

A Lesson from a Hat

I remember Meg Ryan's character in one of my all time favorite movies, You've Got Mail, saying of a wayward butterfly, "I believe he was going to Bloomingdale's to buy a hat, which will turn out to be a mistake, as nearly all hats are." I recently learned from a particularly unique hat that this is…