Upstate New York: A Travelogue

The goal was to visit family in northwest Massachusetts, cross a corner of Vermont and then head into New York to see the Berkshire, Catskill and Adirondack autumn colors, the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, and whatever else we could find along the way. Click through for the full travelogue as well as individual reviews of tourist sights, restaurants and B&Bs. Read more

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Here are a couple pictures of a cake that Lita made for the Halloween party at Golden Lotus Lodge O.T.O. This pumpkin cake recipe is four layers of pumpkin bread, and for the frosting pumpkin butter puree was mixed with cream cheese frosting. The pumpkin stem was a biscotti and the leaves are waffle cookies with green food color veins. Fun and yummy! (Photos by Carly Burks) Read more

Pearl and Garridan: A Roma Love Story

Just Published! Two stories come together in one book about a family of Roma Travelers set in Romania in 1871. The first story tells of a romance between a young girl named Pearl who travels in a vardo wagon with her family, and her lover Garridan who lives in an ancient and haunted forest. The second story tells of Garridan’s exceptional talents as a wood carver who brings new life into a Romanian Village. Read more

Release Day! An illustrated book for kids…

Lita’s first children’s book, The Town with the Feather Crest, has just been released on Amazon Kindle! This illustrated adventure in poetic rhyme tells the story of Drew, a young man who comes across a fantastic castle. The book teaches empathy for the greater good, courage to go forth in the world, and ingenuity to fulfill a difficult task. Read more

5-Stars The Sylvan Woods of Lake Nemi

“What follows is Elena’s fascinating and sometimes harrowing journey in which we along with her learn of the forgotten traditions and folklore of bygone Rome, along with the rituals performed within its sacred sanctuaries – not just as mere observers, but as actual participants. ” Read more

New: 5-Star Review for Sticks and Balls

“…a rare delight for sports enthusiasts and linguistics lovers alike. Encyclopedic in scope and style, this book is about the duality of words in sports that also have a sexual meaning. Those who are curious about oddities and quirks of the English language will find this study fascinating, whether or not they have any interest in sports.” Read more