During so many events at the Olympic games, the local crowds have tended to cheer against the U.S. But will they feel the same about the women’s soccer team? We’ll see. One fan thinks that Tobin Heath is secretly Brazilian. And there are rivalries in South America. My Peruvian sister-in-law is always happy to cheer … More U.S.A. vs Colombia at 6:00 pm Eastern and 3:00 Pacific!
My soccer novel about an American girl playing on an Italian boys’ team in Italy was released as an e-book today. Since DEFENDING IRENE originally came out in 2004, a few sections will undoubtedly read more like historical fiction. But so many things hold up. Italian women and girls are making slow but serious headway … More Defending Irene was Released as an E-book Today
My name and heritage might be German, but I’ll be cheering for the Azzurri this Saturday, July 2, at 3:00 Eastern time and noon Pacific time on ESPN 2 when the Italians take on Germany in the Euro quarterfinal match. After all, once upon a time, my American son dreamed of playing for the Italian World … More Italy vs. German: Euro Cup 2016
On my bookshelf, I have all sorts of outdated Rick Steves guidebooks from the days my husband I roamed around Europe with our kids. In one of his books, he recommended that parents have their kids watch movies to help get them excited about different locations before they arrived. I remember picking up the Italian-dubbed … More A Few International Reads
I”ve been watching the U.S. Women’s Soccer team with delight. Less than 10 minutes after this blog post goes up, I’ll be plopping myself in front of the TV to watch them take on Japan. Both teams arrived at this moment because of their skill, determination, conditioning and desire. Players like Abby Wambaugh, Hope Solo, and … More Finding a Way to Win
One thing about blogs is that people will generally read things from newest to oldest. So I’m going to work my way backwards from my decision to submit SUSPECT to Peachtree to how I came up with the original idea for SUSPECT in the first place. It was essentially a ten-year journey from my first scribbles on … More Reverse Chronological Order/Explanation of Dedication Page
I first heard the songs from the musical CHESS back in college. One of the guys in my Douglas Houghton Hall dorm at Michigan Tech was demonstrating the astonishing clarity that his new CD player brought to the music. (And yes, this was the latest thing back in the early 80’s.) He started with the radio hit “One Night in … More “O Light the Heart that Lingers in Merano”