Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mamma Mia : Italy!

Today I participated in a Google Hangout hosted by CONNECTIONS: Forum for Relationships, Expression and Healing with Heidi Hornlein (who's been living in Italy for the past 30 years) and Margherita Crystal Lotus.

The panel consisted of myself with Nazim Beltran and Nuccia Ardagna. The topic was Italy! We intended to discuss what the country of Italy means for us, what tourists can get when they go there, what you get when you chose to live there, why life seems easy there - and really difficult, and why we, ultimately, love this country and are proud to show it to visitors.

Take a look and see what foreigners living in Italy have to say and how children of Italian immigrants view the country of their parents. I hope you enjoy this snippet of our chat about Bella Italia.

NOTE: As I re-listened to this show, I realized I mistakenly said (37:00) that my son was required to wear a seat belt in Switzerland when I meant a BOOSTER CHAIR. Of course we wore seat belts! But at 10 years of age my son DID NOT want to sit in a booster chair that usually preschoolers use. I hope those watching the show will realize my gaffe and not think me irresponsible!! LOL

The hosts of this show were:

Heidi Hornlein

She came to Italy 30 years ago to study Italian Opera. She fell in love with the country and with an Italian partner she moved to Umbria where she created an organic farm and a countryhouse becoming a guest house and seminar center during the years. It is now called Paradiso Integrale. She felt quite isolated in the countryside until Internet became an option. Since January she hosts the CONNECTION SHOW with Margherita and in November she will start a new Show on G+ “The wisdom Factory” with her present husbandMark Davenport - an American in Umbria, following the call of love….

Margherita Crystal Lotus

She is an Intuitive Mentor/Healer/Author/Creative Artist and Consciousness Explorer and founder of The Crystal Lotus

+ Heidi Hornlein. Transformational Relationship Coaching/Integral Practice/ Integral Voice Training, Paradiso Integrale Live Coaching Retreat

*Connections replays on:*

On the panel:

Nazim Beltran

In his own words he is “an American living in Italy since 1992 thanks to his wonderful wife (+Elisabetta Chiesi) who dragged him to this wonderful paradise, together they are involved in the +Casa Chiesi Italian Lifestyle Project. (”

Nuccia Adagna

Nuccia was born and raised in Montreal. She has a passion for writing and blogging especially about beauty. A year ago she was diagnosed with Celiac disease and being Italian, it forced her to change her entire eating habits. She wanted to help others in their journey with celiac and gluten intolerance and as a result, has written a book in hopes that it will help them answer their questions. The traditional Italian and Sicilian recipes contained in the book prove that going gluten-free doesn't have to be a sacrifice. It can be delicious! Find Nuccia here:

Laura Fabiani

Laura Fabiani is an author, book reviewer, entrepreneur and blogger since 2009. She blogs about books at Library of Clean Reads and owns iRead Book Tours and Italy Book Tours where she organizes professional virtual book tours for authors and publishers. Laura is the daughter of Italian immigrants and lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where there is a large Italian community. She is the author of Daughter of Mine, a novel set in Italy and inspired by her mother-in-law's stories of her childhood in Naples.


  1. I have bookmarked this, and will come back to watch it. It is late, the kids need to get to bed soon, Church tomorrow. HaHa....

  2. It was such a great hangout and I was so happy to have been a part of it! Great to learn a little more from the natives and hear the different perspectives of such a beautiful and historically rich country!