The Grand Tour

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

Marina Mengelberg is a Dutch-born Italian tour guide who lives in the heart of Tuscany.  My friend, business partner, and co-collaborator Wyatt Waters and I met her when we first started leading tours in Tuscany.




Mac & Cheese: Sometimes the simplest of foods are the tastiest, but I wouldn’t know...

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

There were a lot of crappy foods in my childhood meal rotations— cereals with way too much sugar, cheap meats, odd sandwich combinations, and frozen dinners— but I never ate macaroni and cheese until I was in my 40s. To this day, I have only eaten mac and cheese a few times.




Summertime memories of Pine Island and how my mother – and a boat – saved our family when we needed it the most

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

Memories come in all shapes, sizes, sounds, smells, and sights. Occasionally a song strikes a note that trips a memory, other times we’ll see something that reminds us of another thing, that reminds us of still another thing.

Sometimes all of those components come together at once to bring back a vivid recollection.





MAM-MAW: She was selfless, pure, and good-hearted – a perfect example of a gracious southern lady

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

Note: Portions of the following column are included in a foreword I wrote for the upcoming book, “Life Lessons for Our Grandchildren,” by Marilyn Tinnin. You’ll be able to find the book in all of usual places this fall.

My paternal grandmother, Eunice Holleman St. John, was the greatest influence in, and on, my life.


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