Angela Kelsey

Tell the Story


Filed in Memoir, Stories, voices, Writing :: December 17, 2011

My friend bought this notebook for me on her recent trip to Florence.

Ten years ago, we were there together, with our then-husbands and other friends.

I’ve written memoir and fiction about that trip, but the story still resists and begs for a best way to be told.

Maybe a ricetta:
Start with six friends.
Stir in one red Ferragamo purse, Michelangelo’s David, dinner at Cibreo, a visit to the Uffizi, and a rabbit.
Store them overnight in convent rooms.
The next day, place the mixture in a van and whirl in traffic roundabouts escorted by polizia.
Using white-coated men, remove from van and allow to rest for an afternoon.  Season to taste with pharmaceuticals.
Return to van and proceed to Venice.

Thanks, LM, for the memories and the blank pages.



  1. Lourdes Mansour

    Dearest friend,
    You never cease to amaze me. From one gourmand to another, this is by far the best depiction yet, of our strange and wonderful time in Florence ten years ago. I think we both agree that the most delicious ingredient in that ricetta is the red Ferragamo bag.

    I will always keep the blank pages coming, and eagerly await how they will be filled. XOXO

  2. wholly jeanne

    what a beautiful journal – italian leather. there’s nothing finer. except maybe this post. can’t wait to hear the story that goes before and in between and around these delicious bits.