To blog or not to blog…

Apart from a couple of posts, I stopped writing here at the end of last summer.

I believe in positive thinking, and when things go pear-shaped the only way to go is humour. But finding things funny when they’ve got into a serious rut has become energy-draining. So should one just be in denial and write in a vacuum?

We just had national elections here in Italy last Sunday. One person out of six voted for the hard right – I shall demurely call them anti-immigration. A third voted for the grassroots populist party that’s making such a mess of trying to run Rome.

(thinking positive)

Here’s a short, very conservative overview of real life in The Eternal City – as opposed to tourist life: haphazard garbage pickup we’ve got used to, all things considered. Water shortage is under control, at least till the summer. We deal pretty well with bus and metro breakdowns you can rely on when there are no strikes, though the city transport agency will probably go bankrupt before the end of the year. Real estate laws were modified years ago, the municipal administration departments never adapted and have been hibernating ever since the populist Junta took over, so tens of thousands of would-be buyers/sellers are stuck in limbo, presumably for at least another couple of years.

Since our historic ten-centimeter snowfall two weeks ago, our cracked asphalt streets and roads have been in a state of even more dangerous disrepair in the whole city. They’re literally riddled with potholes often bordering on ravines. Statistics are one every fifteen meters, leading to over two-thousand car and moped accidents just in the last couple of weeks. Some three hundred trees have either given up the ghost right onto the roads, cars and pedestrians, or simply dropped their heavier branches on them. Either way, they haven’t been removed and are adding to the chaos.

(more positive thinking)

Tweets and FB posts are rife with hilarious jokes about it all – Romans have seen it all. After all, their 2000 year history should serve some kind of purpose: it helps them react with a mix of cynical but usually very funny sense of humour. Check them out if you can navigate Italian.

Angst is running high, as the political party running this city are now claiming the right to run the country.

I want to stay sane, so I think I’ll take the high road (pun intended). I’ll go for the “writer in an ivory tower” view, and try to find other subjects to blog about from now on.

Any suggestions?

Photos: all irrelevant  – 14thcountry

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16 Responses to To blog or not to blog…

  1. Hi Bea,

    Your positive attitude is very inspiring. I love how you find the positive in any situation.


  2. Bea, your powers of observation are finely tuned. You bring the world around you to life for those of us who have never been to Italy. Slice-of-life pieces are fun to read!

  3. Ellen Hawley says:

    These are scary times. I wish I had advice but all I can do is say that I think I know how you feel.

  4. atmikapai says:


  5. roninjax says:

    Taking the high road is a good course of action. If we could actually make some positive changes that we see then we know for sure our actions become more inspiring. I still believe in the power of one and you do make a difference. It’s just that it will wear us down if we focus intensely and frequently on things that need changing without adjusting to other enjoyable, often lighthearted thoughts. Looking forward to your future posts.

  6. nananoyz says:

    Thinking positive thoughts and sending good vibes!

  7. equipsblog says:

    When I lived in California, we had similar problems with infrastructure. They blamed the bad roads on the rain, when Southern California was in it’s 6th year of drought….. Good luck with your government and your infrastructure.

    • Bea dM says:

      Goodness knows there are problems everywhere. You also had your huge fires not long ago. Maybe resilience starts with not complaining …

      • equipsblog says:

        When you continue to see/hear things that aren’t right or don’t make sense, it’s hard not to complain or at least think out loud or in writing.

  8. M. L. Kappa says:

    Again, this sounds just like Athens… So sad, we have beautiful countries and such a mess has been made of things. I was stuck in exactly the same rut on my blog, since it’s so hard to stay positive – do readers want to keep reading of our miseries, the refugees, the crisis, the hopeless politics? I seem to be turning more and more to art as a consolation…

    • Bea dM says:

      I always feel we’re on the same wavelength when I read your blog. Envy isn’t on my radar, but I do feel you have one up on me with your art. Anyway, keep tuned, I’m getting ideas on how to proceed 🙂

  9. We hope that you keep writing and posting! Since we don’t get the world view anymore now that we are back in the States, we do like knowing what is happening in Italy. That said, writing about things that bring you joy might not only save your sanity, but make you happier as well. 🙂

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