How I Spent My (Sorta, Kinda) Winter Vacation….

Blogging's been light over at Chez Schiffer in the last week!That's because I've been a bit of an itinerant--not traveling the globe, like fellow Patheosi Lisa Hendey who's recently home from Tanzania and Hawaii, but moving around the South, with stops in Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina. *     *     *     *     * In Atlanta, I visited the set of the upcoming movie "90 Minutes in Heaven" which is scheduled to hit theaters next Fall.  The movie is based on Don Piper's  … [Read more...]

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Why It’s Hard to Get Ice Cream in Turkey

In Turkey, an ice cream vendor is not just a sales clerk--he's an artist and a talented showman.This video will give you an idea of just what you might have to go through to get a simple ice cream cone in Istanbul!  … [Read more...]

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Vatican Apartment Up for Grabs?

I first saw this ad over on Connecticut Catholic Corner:A Vatican apartment for rent on Craig’s List!  Wait…. What?In my mind, I saw it:  that unused papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace.  Remember how, when Pope Benedict left for the last time and flew by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo, the Swiss Guards came along and applied a heavy wax seal to the door?  The apartment would remain vacant until the next Pope was elected….Well, Pope Francis has never moved in.  The furniture mu … [Read more...]

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