Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, recently had a birthday. (I didn’t get her anything, did you?)

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Bet she’d like this selfie.

Girl with a Pearl Earring and a Silver Camera. Digital mashup after Johannes Vermeer, attributed to Mitchell Grafton. c.2012.

Our Tracy is no Material Girl. As a matter of fact, she gave something to me. Twelve words.

Don’t write about what you know – write about what you are interested in.

Wise words from the woman who researched and wrote a novel in just eight months so that she could be present, literally and figuratively, for the birth of her child.

Good advice for Patty and me, a couple of news junkies besieged by intriguing headlines that jumpstart ideas and spawn connections, well, all over the place.

Tracy shows us how it’s done. She links the art history world, Johannes Vermeer, and that mysterious girl (daughter Maria?) in the painting.

So, taking my cue from Tracy, today I’m thinking (and loosely linking) MKP-1, Angelina Zooma Zooma, and Aunt Phil.

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MKP-1 is a darling of Yale researchers. They identified this gene as a possible culprit for depression. The study says that MKP-1 may even be the primary cause of this debilitating condition. The next step is to see if the findings can lead to a medication that will inhibit the gene. (I wonder, will mice be involved?)

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But what about boilerplate blues? What lifts your spirits?

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For me, it’s music. I Sing. Loud. And in Italian.

Try it. Sing along with Louie Prima. The lyrics are below. You’ll be smiling before you reach the spumoni.

I eat antipasta twice
just because she is so nice
Angelina
Angelina
the waitress at the pizzeria

I eat zuppa and minestrone
just to be with her alone
Angelina
Angelina
the waitress at the pizzeria

Ti voglio bene
Angelina I adore you
Ti voglio bene
Angelina I live for you
E un passione
You have set my heart on fire
But Angelina
never listens to my song

I eat antipasta twice
just because she is so nice
Angelina
Angelina
the waitress at the pizzeria

If she’ll be a my cara mia
then I’ll join in matrimony
with a girl who serves spumoni
and Angelina will be mine

C’e’ la luna ‘n mezzo ‘u mare
Mamma mia me maritari
Figghia mia a cu te dari?
Mamma mia pensaci tu
Si ci dugnu li musicanti
iddu va, iddu veni
sempre lu strumento ne manu teni
Si ci pigghia ‘a fantasia
lu strumento a figghia mia

O mamma, zooma zooma baccala
O mamma, zooma zooma baccala
o mamma, zooma zooma baccala
zooma zooma zooma zooma
zooma baccala

C’e’ la luna ‘n mezzo ‘u mare
Mamma mia me maritari
Figghia mia a cu te dari?
Mamma mia pensaci tu
Si ci dugnu pisciaiolu
iddu va, iddu veni
sempre baccala ne manu teni
Si ci pigghia ‘a fantasia
baccala a figghia mia

O mamma…

SINGING IN ITALIAN REMINDS ME OF MY AUNT PHIL (on the right) FROM JERSEY.

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Come meet her on Toni’s page.
She was a heck of a bookie.

Toni  10/19/15

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