TRUE PERSPECTIVE: Visiting the American cemetery in Florence is breathtaking

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY— There have probably been times in my life that I thought that I understood “sacrifice.” 

There might have been times I even though I made sacrifices. Those times probably had to do with the loss of certain creature comforts, or— more than likely— a lack of material things during leaner times.




WHAT DEADLINE? Life in Tuscany moves slower – just like in the Deep South

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

TAVERNELLE VAL D’PESA, ITALY— Years ago, when I first came to Tuscany, I wrote a few columns about how this area reminded me of home. It spoke to me like no other country or region in Europe.

Life in Tuscany moves slower, just like life in the American South. The people seem to stop and enjoy the simple things.




WEDDING THROWS: St. John: This column is the beginning of movement to bring back rice to be used in the pelting of departing newlyweds

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

I was the best man at my best friend’s wedding last weekend. It was a great event, and everyone who knows the bride and groom are extremely happy for both of them— chief among them, me.