and i said to my body. softly.
i want to be your friend.
it took a long breath. and replied
i have been waiting my whole life for this.

~ nayyriha waheed

Basilica di San Francesco d'Assisi

We couldn't think of a better place to begin our journey of peeling off all the psychological layers of life. You know the ones I'm talking about: Fear, Self-loathing, procrastination, anger, disbelief, etc.

St Francis is the patron saint of Italy and of animals. His Saint Day is October 4th.

HRH was happy to Ascend on Assisi!

Welcome to Caked-on Makeup

The Queen and I have started a blog! A couple years ago, but as you can see there isn’t that much here except a whole bunch of chaos. Maybe you can relate. Chaos seems to be synonymous with midlife. Oh well, I’m digging myself out, and am putting what’s been useful for me here. HRH has her own musings from time to time also.

Recent Stories

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    GoFundMe: Kimberly’s Italian Exodus

    Dearly Beloved, this is a GoFundMe crowdfunding medical emergency post. I really need your help! Donate to Kimberly’s Italian Exodus Fund We are gathered here today to help a woman, me (Kimberly), who has given her entire life to others. I have given and given and given, and finally I followed my dream and moved … GoFundMe: Kimberly’s Italian ExodusRead More »

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  • Vlog – My First Attempt and Lessons Learned
    Vlog – My First Attempt and Lessons Learned

    I need someone to write for me. Seriously. I thought I liked writing, but it turns out that I really don’t. Because of this new discovery, I have decided to switch to a vlog style blog, though I may switch to podcasting in the future. Who knows? Do you remember that I told you I … Vlog – My First Attempt and Lessons LearnedRead More »

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  • Bellissima Cucina is in Birth Mode
    Bellissima Cucina is in Birth Mode

    Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to welcome the newest addition to my entrepreneurial journey. I hope this one begins the trend of the success that I have been dreaming of. I want to chronicle the steps I’m taking to start this one for posterity’s sake. While I was trying to come up with … Bellissima Cucina is in Birth ModeRead More »

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