Natural Awakenings’ Leaf — Collaborative

Thank you to all who participated with the 2017 Natural Awakenings Collaborative. The recent Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporations’ (NAPC) biennial event was awesome, where we publishers got together from all over the states, plus Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. This year, as you may know, we met in Orlando, Florida. Day one I was brought…

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Pie' di Marmo

Piè di Marmo (Marble Foot)

With hundreds of pictures taken in Rome, some beg to see the light of day. This photo of  is one of them. I could not get this image out of my mind. Maybe it was how I was ‘reintroduced’  to the ancient artifact on my recent trip to Rome. The first morning in Rome I worked on finding…

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From Rome with Love

Pictured is a typical street trash receptacle. I like the idea it’s see through and not meant for heavy trash. Yesterday afternoon I was surveying the area around a street vendor selling little souvenirs near the Vatican. One had fallen onto the street. I picked it up and placed it back on his table. I…

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The Beach, Italian Style: Castel Fusano

Since I live on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, I wanted to make sure I experienced the beach here in Italy. I took the train west to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Along the way I chatted with an Italian gent and he recommended I go to Castel Fusano. And so it was. I headed to the…

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Piazza Farmese

I went to what I might consider a local farmer’s market today. At closing time, I saw the vendors leave behind bags, paper, plastic and wooden boxes, along with food “scraps” and other items they didn’t want anymore. As the wind kicked up much of the lightweight debris went flying toward the adjacent restaurants’ outside sitting…

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Roman Charm

It’s been wonderful to roam around the city. The Italians are very friendly, helpful and yes, charming. Walking the city is amazing. It seems everywhere I walk there is an interesting looking building, shop, Palazzo or person to talk to. Just to sit and watch people move about has been fun. When we’ve stopped to eat…

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Trevi Fountain Collaborative

After seeing the Cesar Palace, Forum and Colosseum we headed to the Trevi Fountain. At the bottom of the central steps leading down to the fountain was what looked like the remains of a small newspaper, with individual pages strewn about. My friend and I walked past this area, then settled on a section of shaded…

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Between the Cracks…

After seeing the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and the 15th century Basilica of Saint Peter my friend & I sat down to just be with the space of the Piazza. The litter from yesterday was gone. As I set my sights on de-littering an area on the west side by the columns which seemed relatively litter-free, as photographed…

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When in Rome…

I arrived today in Rome and headed to the Piazza San Pietro, it was only a ten minute walk from the B&B where I booked a place to stay. I was surprised to hear from a priest as to why there was litter in the Piazza. On this particular walk I did not take my…

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What’s the Use?

Sometimes people will ask me that. I recently had a friend suggest that my focus on picking up trash was a bit inane. I think his intention was to make sure I wasn’t “overdoing it,” to let go of the litter thing and allow myself time to “smell the roses” and cast aside whatever limitations…

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