About Sara Stamey

Award-winning author Sara Stamey’s journeys include treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduras; backpacking around Greece and New Zealand; operating a nuclear reactor; and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Resettled in her native Pacific Northwest, she taught creative writing at Western Washington University. She shares her Squalicum Creek backyard with wild critters and her cats, dog, and paleontologist husband Thor Hansen. Visit her BVC Ebookstore bookshelf.

The Rambling Writer’s Greek Island Easter

Join me for a celebration of Easter on my first trip through the Greek islands. NOTE: I’ll resume my Virtual Italy Vacation posts next week with the Vatican Museum. This week, I’m revisiting memories of my first backpacking trip around … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 9: St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Your virtual Italy vacation continues as Thor and I visit St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering a virtual vacation and … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 8: Trastevere and the Forum Boarium

Your virtual Italy vacation continues as Thor and I ramble across the Tiber River to Rome’s Trastevere district, and more. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering a virtual … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 7: Rome’s Pantheon and the Bone Church

From the Sublime to the Macabre! Your Italy virtual vacation continues with the beautifully preserved Pantheon and a chapel decorated with Friars’ bones. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 6: Senatus Populusque Romanus

Your Italy virtual vacation continues as Thor and I ramble around Rome and ponder the evolving history and politics of the ancient abbreviation SPQR. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog … Continue reading

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Cafe Reads: THE WOLVES OF MIRR, by Paul Piper

The Wolves of Mirr, an eco-thriller/mystery/magical realism novel that defies easy classification, hits several of my sweet spots: Poetically-rendered wilderness settings, complex characters, intertwining physical and psychological dangers, and a strong thread of ancient Greek mythology. … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 5: Fountains of Rome

Join Thor and me as your Italy virtual vacation continues with walks taking us to some of the famous fountains of Rome. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering a … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 4: The rest of the Roman Forum

Follow along with Thor and me as your Italy virtual vacation continues with our ramble through the Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 3: The Roman Forum

Your virtual vacation to Italy continues as Thor and I explore the ancient Roman Forum, center of political, religious, and commercial life. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 2: The Roman Colosseum

Your retro virtual vacation to Italy 2008 with Thor and me launches with a deep dive into ancient Rome and its signature Colosseum that hosted gladiatorial combat. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started … Continue reading

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