I grew up in Freeland, Michigan, on the banks of the Tittabawassee River. In college I studied English language and literature, and went on to teach writing for 38 years at Henry Ford College. Married to an Italian immigrant, in 41 years of marriage I have learned the language and food of Italy. For a number of years I led excursions to Rome, Florence, and Venice, slow travel tours focused on local culture and heroic eating. In retirement my wife and I divide our time between Michigan and the Republic of San Marino.