Maple Leaf Mamma by Michelle Tarnopolsky

Where feminist motherhood meets expat life in Italy

My son’s involved dad and a salute to men like him

We already celebrated Father’s Day in Italy on March 19. I got Andrea some flowers and took him out for dinner. And I got the distinct impression he was in meagre company. Italy still has […]

Jun, 15 · in Feminism,Italy,Parenting

Italian love graffiti: call for submissions

No one does cheesy graffiti quite like Italians do. And don’t we love them for it? A few months ago I started a little pet project called Italian Love Graffiti, a tumblr blog that celebrates […]

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Mar, 29 · in Art,Italy

Keeping record: Peanut at aged three and three quarters

I had a scare recently. I couldn’t open the CD containing my “Development Notes” on Peanut, the only place I had saved it. The notes run from six months to two and a half years. […]

May, 07

Mother Art Monday: The Visitation by Mariotto Albertinelli

I shudder to think what I would do without my women friends. They totally keep me sane. I’ll never forget the time about ten years ago when, as happens to young expats in Florence, one […]

Mar, 31

An interview with CBC Books for Canada Blogs series

CBC Books interviewed me for their Canada Blogs series! Read the interview here and check out the other great blogs featured in the series listed at the bottom of the page. I especially appreciated being […]

Mar, 21

Mother Art Monday: Family Matters at the CCC Strozzina

A few Twitter-savvy women pals and I decided to #drinkaboutmuseums last Friday night by following up a visit to the Strozzina Centre for Contemporary Culture with some drinks out. With a name like Family Matters I was […]

Mar, 17

Playing with gender norms and bucking the school smock trend

When Peanut started public preschool last September, Andrea went out to buy his first grembiule with my instructions to get one in any colour but blue or pink. He was unsuccessful. While school kids in Italy […]

Mar, 11

IWD in Italy: issues, artists, friends

I must say on this Women’s Day in Italy I am feeling a really exciting wave of change. Since I moved back 6 years ago, there has been a marked increase in public talk about […]

Mar, 08

Cécile Kyenge and racism in Italy

The election of Congo-born Cécile Kyenge as integration minister back in April 2013 has put a global spotlight on Italy’s race problem and revealed some deeply conflicting feelings among Italians about immigration. Though international observers […]

Mar, 04

Pretending to be a super hero and bonding over food

Peanut and I have been spending a lot of time together these past few days. He contracted scarlet fever and his doctor prescribed two weeks at home. While that eventually got shortened to 10 days, […]

Jan, 29

Mother Art Monday: Multitasking by Ricky Mujica

I am so in love with this painting, Multitasking by Ricky Mujica (thanks blue milk). Unlike classic breastfeeding images would have you believe, nursing moms aren’t always just gazing at their babies. They also look at […]

Jan, 13

Sex-positive motherhood, Italian-style

How delightful and refreshing to see that blogger The Yummy Mom (“I’m a mom, not a saint, thank goodness”) has teamed up with the owner of a new online sex shop for women called MySecretCase (those […]

Jan, 10

Mother Art Monday: Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley

I always go to Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir for movie recommendations, and the documentary Stories We Tell is at the top of his top-ten for 2013 (though it was released in Canada in late 2012). In fact, I’ve been […]

Dec, 30

Mother Art Monday: the Madonna del Latte by Ambrogio Lorenzetti

Welcome to the inaugural post for Mother Art Mondays, my new (semi)weekly series! I’ve already been asking readers to send me mother art since this blog’s early days, but only one of you has heeded […]

Dec, 23

Nelson Mandela and my dad: human rights warriors

Sometime in the 1980s, my dad, Walter Tarnopolsky, accepted an honourary doctorate on behalf of Nelson Mandela, who was in prison at the time. My father was being presented with the same distinction in recognition […]

Dec, 06

Italian holiday food culture

Since I’m still too busy to write an original post (I promise one is coming!), I thought I’d share some holiday-food-themed offerings by some of my favourite Italy bloggers, all posted in the last few […]

Dec, 05

Photoset: a taste for tiding over

Being the good Canadian girl that I am, I want to apologize to my readers for going MIA. Life has been intensely hectic lately, though happily all for great reasons. I have moved out of […]

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Nov, 10