I am a professor of English, linguistics and teacher education in Virginia. I have lived in VA for 15 years now but love Italy and the mountain desert areas of the US, in particular, redrock country. My husband is retired from psychotherapy, and is very involved in landscape photography. My hobbies are road cycling (100 miles/week in Spring/Summer/Fall), weight lifting, and studying Italian. I have spent 5 weeks in Summer 2011 and 2012 studying Italian in Perugia, Italy. I return for 4 weeks to Florence, Italy in Summer 2014. Oh, and don't forget our great golden retriever, Bogey! We love him!