Platonic Diversions

Greetings from Mondovì: Not Wanting to Talk about It

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE It’s been 26 days since travel resumed between regions in Italy.  We are watching 10 new coronavirus clusters, located in every part of the country, from Piemonte, Lombardia, and Toscana to Campania, Sicilia, and Calabria.  Despite the…

Greetings from Mondovì: Living with the Virus

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 15 May I got a call today from the receptionist in our dentist’s office, and now my appointment of 13 March is re-scheduled to Friday, 22 May.  This feels like a momentous occasion; the cancellation of my…

Greetings from Mondovì: White Flowers

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 8 May Forget everything I wrote earlier about getting accustomed to leaving the house with protective gear.  I feel the way one does around the end of January–weary of arming myself against a harsh environment every time…

Greetings from Mondovì: Fase 2

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 2 May Here we live slowly, synched to daylight and the weather (and the recycling schedule, but that is a topic for another day).  Our bedroom windows face east so we are up early.  Coffee, then breakfast,…

Greetings from Mondovì: If you love Italy

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 23 April The numbers still mount in Italy: more than 25,000 are dead.  In the United States almost twice that number have died, but eight state governments have yet to issue a general stay-at-home order.  Beaches are…

Greetings from Mondovì: Sun and Rain

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 13 April A grim milestone this evening: 20,000 Italians have died from COVID-19.  Five hundred sixty-six died today, which is 135 more than yesterday.  The numbers roll out day after day until they begin to lose all…

Greetings from Mondovì: Pasquetta

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 13 April Today is Pasquetta, “little Easter.” In Italy, the day after the holiest day of the Christian calendar is also a national holiday, traditionally a day to relax after the emotional rigors of solemn church vigils…