Grew up in my grandmother's Italian home surrounded by the boisterous warmth of visits by her 9 siblings. Theater was the only way to continue that sense of human connection. After 35 years working in professional theater as an actress, director, arts educator, writer, and manager of my own theater company, with children grown in careers of their own, I decided to seek out the atmosphere of my grandmother's home. I found it in a little town in Abruzzo, Castiglione Messer Raimondo, and bought a house there. One of my chief joys is sharing it with others.