Monday, November 22, 2010

Cool Moon Last Night

Last night there was a cool moon in the sky with clouds around it. I decided to try the different settings on my cell phone camera and see what resulted. These are some of the results.

From The Rime of the Acient Mariner

The moving Moon went up the sky.
And nowhere did abide;
Softly she was going up,
And a star or two beside-

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My mom is doing great!

I'm visiting my mom and sister in Italy and she is doing wonderfully! It's as if she had never been so ill two years ago!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

From Viva Vienna Festival

Originally uploaded by Joe Ganci

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Saturday - Goals for the Day

1. Finish writing my article on Raptivity for Learning Solutions magazine.
2. Go for a long walk - start getting in shape! I'm sooo out of shape.

If I get the above done, then:

3. Do some organizing in my office
4. Clear out my inbox.
5. See what else is on my long list!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Foggy Philly

Our Travails at the Italian Consulate

One of our sons, who is 24, is moving to England. He, like his brother and I, are all dual citizens (Italian and American) but we have never exercised our rights to get official Italian paperwork, like a passport. However, for my boy to live and work in England, he needs to be a member of the European Union, so he really needs his Italian passport.

We went up to the Italian consulate in January and obtained the paperwork and instructions. We were told then that once we mailed everything to the Consulate, they would send my son his passport in 2 to 3 weeks. I sent it all up to them and we waited. Last week, while I was out of town, my son called to say he had received a packet from the Consulate. Unfortunately, it didn't contain the passport. Instead, it contained all the paperwork we had sent up with an attached letter. The letter said that this could only be done in person by appointment and that the next available appointment 2011!!!

So Monday morning we drove the 4 hours back to the Consulate and there we waited an hour to speak with someone. We felt a lot of relief when the nice lady said that we shouldn't worry, they would make it happen now. About the time we were being helped, visiting hours were almost over for the day (noon) and we still needed to get photographs made, so we left and booked into a hotel. After we took care of what we needed to do, we went to see the Liberty Bell and settled in for the night.

The next morning we went back and waited an hour and finally finished up everything. They even made the passport right then and there and showed it to us! But, they said, they couldn't give it to us right away but that it would be sent to us. How tantalizing!

After all that, we are very grateful to the personnel at the Consulate for accelerating the process!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

So I am thinking of starting to post to my blog again...

What do you think? Should I? I've been pretty active on Facebook but haven't updated my blog much at all. Let me know if I should start updating my blog again, all!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


A huge snowfall today! See the pics I took last night and today...