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…the center for activities promoting another economy (organic farming, fair trade, renewable energy, reuse and recycling, responsible tourism, ethical finance, open communication plus a ‘bio’ caffe’ and store) housed in Testaccio‘s ex-mattatoio (old slaughterhouse) is the place in Rome where I feel most at home these days and the Sunday market has become a highlight ..

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…this afternoon with a young local resident living in cozy top floor quarters of a 1930’s fascist apartment block (previously cheap working class housing, now expensive sought after real estate my Italian friends envy) which he once shared with his grandmother – is the first in a series of 35 profiles we are doing with ..

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…tonight’s live, recorded, and simultaneously projected three hour performance in Vatican City by Christian Jankowski at Ospedale di Santo Spirito in Saxia (the city’s oldest hospital, dating back to 727 and first reconstructed in 1204) had a Catholic American Idol Broadway Chorus Line Biblical soap opera vibe – with a series of svelt swarthy actors ..

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…the 1996 book by Joan Retallack (subtitled ‘Cage Muses on Words * Art * Music‘) features fantastic reflections on, interviews with, and poetry by this humane, earthy, soulful, rigorous, funny, free-spirited, creative colossus of the 20th century who has always seemed like one of the critical figures for me to get my head around, but ..

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…took place this morning in grand style with freshly cut dusty green leaved olive branches covering much of the ground after the garden crew had come through to trim each tree back into a classic hollow bowl-shape which allows more light into the center of the tree. (more on pruning and more on ..

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…the latest freely distributed print project by The Llano Del Rio (masterminded by Robby Herbst) describes, charts and maps (see the print side here) a certain special Los Angeles flavor of recently initiated radical cultural activity on the streets of the city (which makes me miss the place so much this year) and I think ..

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…from the Roman Rooftop Homestead is very good indeed, with the happy plants beginning to climb up the pea-stake branches that were just installed for them, and today I notice the first peapods hiding in the bright green foliage, and then, as often happens when first discovering something, you begin to realize it is e..

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…where the equestrian events of the 1960 Roman Olympiad were held and where occasional equestrian events are still staged today within the public park and gardens of Villa Borghese – where I find myself this morning on my way to see a conversation / presentation /poetry reading on 86 year old Italian artist Carla Accardi ..

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…is a term that has been around since at least the 1970’s, so it was with some surprise when we heard the press swirling with stories about a kooky homesteading clan who actually went through the trouble to trademark it (I was equally surprised to discover that they had purchased the domain name edibleestates.com a ..

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…the 1994 book by Oretta Zanini de Vita full of fascinating accounts of Roman’s relationships to food through time featuring folklore and recipes (with chapters including Mills on the Tiber, Pastoral Kitchen, Papal Table, Carnival, Osterias, Poet G.G. Belli, Jewish Cooking, Sweets, Tourists & Movie Stars, Tuscia, Sabina, Castelli, Ciociaria, Pontine Marsh, Ex-Terra di Lavoro, ..

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…there’s nothing quite like it to make you appreciate the little things again (you know, like being able to walk across the room at more than a shuffle, and feeling like you might be around next week, and morning coffee, and actually eating food, and going outside, and sleeping, and stuff like that) – and ..

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…is what I found in the pond at Villa Doria Pamphili this afternoon, installed by some thoughtful human, allowing the many duck residents to access the extensively wooded refuge of the island (sort of Animal Estatey) – but after spending some time duck-watching it seemed that one dominant territorial duck in particular was guarding the ..

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…or ‘black cabbage’ (a loose-leaf Italian cabbage, or kale) has been on our plates almost every day this winter, and today will be no exception, as I harvest the lastest tangy dark leafy green bounty from the back garden where I help out Wednesday mornings when I can – and ‘cavalo’ is an extra expressive ..

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…the Gent based dance company featured at the Equilibrio Festival at Auditorium Parco della Musica tonight, performed ‘Primero – Erscht’ – staged on bright green astroturf with vintagey furniture and costumes and a frenetic madly child-like sometimes repetitious but usually bordering on senseless sequence of complex detailed movements that can really thrill and scare you, ..

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