Antipasto means 'before the meal' in Italian:  an appetizer.  In this context we're talking about our traditional antipasto, served as an appetizer on special occasions.

The idea behind this blog emerged late one night while visiting my mother, Barbi.  She suggested that these fragments of prose were really constructed to stimulate conversation the same way that an appetizer is intended to stimulate the appetite... for a meal to come.

So enjoy.  I'm looking forward to the meal.  And thank you, Mom.


At the moment I'm busily restoring an old blog from 2004 when we were living in Italy.  If you click on the 2004 link to the right you'll see a breakdown of several dozen articles by date, authored by me, Doreen, Sarah and Alex.

Here is a little more context and some "highlights."

Antonio Ducci was the patriarch of the Sienese family we've been deeply connected with on so many levels since my first visit to Siena in 1978.  Here is Antonio Ducci's Liberation Story: http://sqnet.blogspot.com/2004/05/antonios-liberation-story-by-steve.html

Here is another one of my posts about Sarah's makeover:  http://sqnet.blogspot.com/2004/04/sarah-gets-new-look-by-steve.html

But if you ask me, I'm finding our kids stories even better than mine.  They're wonderful!  Here's one of Sarah's about the Duccio exhibit:  http://sqnet.blogspot.com/2004/02/the-duccio-exhibit-by-sarah.html.  She was 15 at the time.

And here's one from Alex, who was only 13: http://sqnet.blogspot.com/2004/05/paying-for-gita-scolastica-by-