Glad you're calling NC home for now. Loved that the memoir was written in many "voices," from childhood to the present. Please talk a bit about gardening in both the South and in Tuscany. Doesn't that keep you connected to the places you love?
Yes, very grounding!! Just wish I had more time for it, esp. the vegetable garden which does require monitoring. The roses need periodic help but are pretty hardy on their own. I try to plan things that return rather than annuals, though I can't resist some of the bright colors.