Category Archives: Italy

The Leisurely Cobbler and Hats: Definition of Success



There’s a cobbler in Italy, slightly slanted off the tourists’ path. He cobbles his shoes in the morning and plays his guitar in the afternoons. He leisurely goes inside when it’s time to resume work.

This story was told to me this morning in an interview I did with an artist in Bend, Oregon. The key word that I tripped over was “leisurely.” It’s how this artist defined success. Yes. As an artist and business owner you wear two hats: creator and manufacturer. Both are needed to survive.

But the ability to wear two hats, to take time off to swim in the lake or play guitar in the middle of your work day, could be a sure sign that one has reached success.


A Shrine Remembered in Siena, Italy

Medieval arches in Italy







At the end of the winding battlements beyond her shuttered windows  
over the waves of red tiles and the intricate vineyards of Siena  
where the delicate grapes are still christened by dew  
she saw the hollow of the arches pointing  
toward St. Catherine’s shrine infinitely absolving  
the pedestrians on the narrow streets beyond the medieval piazza  
out there her husband’s infidelity was being lauded with wine