Melinda Gallo
Expat in Florence, Italy | Fiction & Non-Fiction Writer | Blogger | Polyglot (English, French, & Italian) | Hapa | Instagrammer |
A view of Florence, Italy from San Miniato al Monte

This morning while I was contemplating what to write in my bio, the words “my five-year hiatus in the US” kept spinning back around in my head. I have used those words many times over the years to explain my absence from Florence. It was my way of containing the…

Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island) in Berlin, Germany by Melinda Gallo

After two weeks of lockdown in Italy, I feel a great sense of tranquility. Initially, I only saw how disrupted my life was and how I couldn’t do what I did before. Over time, I not only adapted to the lockdown, but I began to revel in it.

As time…

Sunset along the Arno in Florence, Italy — Melinda Gallo

Anaïs Nin wrote, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” I can say the same about photography. The first time I experience beauty, the moment is intense and richly satisfying to all of my senses. …

There are two significant dates I need not mark down on my calendar: the day my mother took her first breath and the day she took her last. At least a week before these two dates, a deep sadness bubbles up inside of me and simmers right below the surface…

Sanssouci Park (Potsdam, Germany) by Melinda Gallo

As a writer who juggles multiple writing projects and navigates them by inspiration, I grapple with faith as it relates to having confidence in myself, my abilities, my projects, and my future.

My faith wavered: sometimes it walked alongside me and at other times it was nowhere to be found.

Butterfly in the Bardini Gardens (Florence, Italy) by Melinda Gallo

The moment I arrived at the top of Bardini Gardens, I was greeted by a butterfly that encircled me twice before joining a few other butterflies and bees buzzing around a lavender bush. As I watched the butterfly drink nectar from the center of the lavender blossoms, I thought about…

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