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Greetings from Mondovì: A Proper Winter

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 13 January 2021 We’re having a proper winter, snowy and cold, the kind we haven’t seen for a couple of years.  The landscape is just as it should be—snow-covered hills, bare branches—a perfect study in black on…

Greetings from Mondovì: December 2020

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE I could quote Sweet Baby James to tell you about the first of December, go on to describe the hush and sweep of falling snow, how it dropped a curtain between house and valley and filled our…

Greetings from Mondovì: With November comes la nebbia

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE With November comes la nebbia, the fog that rises from Piemontese valleys and blankets the plain of Lombardia.  On the day before the United States presidential election I watched it form above our prato, the damp air of a chilly afternoon…

Greetings from Mondovì: October might be my favorite

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE October has been kind from beginning to end—sunny days, cooler nights and early mornings, leaves of red, gold, flame, and russet filtering the incomparable light of autumn afternoons.  As the month ends, I have taken my car…

Greetings from Mondovì: 30 days

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE September is over.  I’ve written next to nothing, but our cantina is filling up nicely with potatoes, onions and winter squashes, apples for cider, jars of salsa, fruit preserves, pickles.  Any thoughts that might have been worth…

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…