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Having lived a basically dull life until early middle age I decided to go to law school. It was fun but didn't make much difference until a chance meeting with a long missing friend provided an opportunity to run away to the Circus (Maximus). In reality I went to work for the Rome headquarters of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for four years as a legal advisor to the director of human resources. When the contract was up my husband and I returned to the US but pined for Italy - pasta, vino, fields of red poppies and antiquity were all missing in our lives.
But the gods smiled and offered a chance to return to Rome, this time to work for the World Food Programme. Our allotted six years passed too fast again. Now I travel to Italy and other places on my list. When not stuffing and emptying the suitcase I volunteer for arts, literary and scientific organizations.
Whenever I am in Rome I toss coins into the Trevi Fountain, thus the name of my memoir: Coins in the Fountain.
You can find my website at www.coinsinthefountain.com and my blog at