Stocking Stuffer - Book about Street Painting in Italy:
I always loved having my stocking stuffed! When I was a child, my three brothers and I were told that we could wake when we wanted and were allowed to take our stockings off the mantle and see what was inside, enjoying their delights. But we were not allowed to wake our mother until 8 a.m. nor were we allowed to open any presents that were not inside our stockings. We each emptied our stockings at our specific place at the dining room table, trying desperately to be quiet enough not to wake our mother, but dying of curiosity and pure awe after viewing the spectacle of dreams and mysteries under the tree. The seeing, but waiting was sweet agony! Our squelched excitement for what seemed like two full hours is one of my absolutely favorite memories of Christmas morning! [You may well imagine the release of joy experienced at 8 a.m. as we ran in unison into our mother's bedroom, jumping onto her bed to wake her up with smiles, kisses, and giggles.]
So, for me there has always been a kind of magic for a silent hour or two of "stolen" time for oneself. Forbidden (literally or imagined) to disturb others while enjoying a rare treat is fun precisely because it does not happen often. The effort is always rewarded.
We each have our personal pleasures. I often enjoy reading, when I can find some time in which I am not falling asleep. Maybe that was why I wrote a book that is mostly images, captions, and short stories. If you enjoy seeing masterpieces from art history recreated in a contemporary street painting, learning more about the performing artists and street life in Florence, Italy, or just want to get away from your normal routine (or know someone who does), perhaps you would enjoy buying my book for you or a friend. It is called "My Life as a Street Painter in Florence, Italy" and that catchy title covers four years of my time here doing that work with a group of artists from around the globe. You may see some of the pages inside on Amazon.com. The book is available on Amazon sites in several countries or from me here in Florence, Italy.
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