ORIGIN early 17th cent.: via French from Italian gazzetta, originally gazeta de la novità (because the news-sheet sold for a gazeta, a Venetian coin of small value)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Beginning Blog

Friends have encouraged me to try my hand at blogging, and although this format feels unfamiliar and scary at the outset, I've decided to launch the "Gazzetta."  Although I plan to muse about reading, writing, teaching, and translating, I begin my blog with... with politics.  Just a week ago, I stood on the South Lawn of the Capitol and witnessed history with my own eyes as Barack Obama was sworn in as our 44th president.  I was with my sister Susan who had traveled from the Big Bend area of southwest Texas to write an article for her regional newspaper. (Check out her article at www.bigbendgazette.com.)  

It was an absolutely unforgettable moment.  The joy, the relief, the hope, and yes, the satisfaction, were palpable.  I can't think of a better way to start my blog posts than by rejoicing in the fact that President Obama is now at the helm of our nation!  Enfin!


  1. And ask your friends to comment on the blog, not to send you separate emails about your blogs.
    Love the picture!

  2. congratulations on your brand new blog. the moment is auspicious ... indeed we have moved into a new era, one in which it is our responsibility to look into each others eyes (figuratively and literally) and communicate and work for change. Finally we have HOPE.

    by the way, who is your photographer? you look fabulous!

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