Rebecca Helm-Ropelato

American free lance writer and blogger living in Italy.

Those images worth a thousand soundbites: new White House Vlog

With its new, weekly video log -- "West Wing Week" -- the Obama administration is offering a pearl beyond price (no sarcasm intended), it seems to me. ...more

Silver lining among all that volcanic ash?

With all the chaos caused by the Iceland volcano for air travelers, I've been hoping to see a front page discussion pop up about new travel alternatives for the future. Yesterday, the New York Times obliged with a discussion forum on its Room for Debate series. Titled "The New Age of Travel: Blimps and Beyond" (April 22, 2010), the Times editors pose the question... ...more