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Barry’s Barn Dance

Barry’s Barn Dance

I got the invite from my Blue Heron friend Barry to attend one of his infamous Barn Dances. Some of you may know Barry as the mother-pluckin’ banjo player from the Tiger Maple String Band. So Saturday night, me, Camelia and Beth loaded up the Mini and headed north.

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An Ode To Greensburg

An Ode To Greensburg

It could have been a different life, and it almost was.

In the long series of events that unfolded in to what my life is now, it would have only been a few folds different for me to wind up in Greensburg.

If Siemens had not given me a job offer back in June 2011, I’d probably still be at the Elliott Company, and its more than likely that I’d have an apartment in Greensburg today. I even went to the trouble of touring several locations at the time, and at the moment when I got closest to pulling the trigger, some little piece of instinct bubbled to top of my brain and told me to wait for a few months.

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Officially an Italian Citizen

Officially an Italian Citizen

Pictured above is definitive proof that my application for dual citizenship has been processed and granted. I got a strange package over the weekend from the Italian Consulate. I ripped it open, expecting to see my passport application. Instead, a bunch of documents written in Italian and two strange cards, one red, one blue. My poor Italian skills aside, I was able to figure out exactly what they were: election ballots for the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, the two houses of the Italian parliament.

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