May 22, 2017

How to Make a Bronze Statue in 7 Easy Steps

This technique is called ‘the Lost Wax’ method. It is the method that Master Andrea del Verrocchio used to create his timeless sculpture of “David” among others. This method was widely used during the Renaissance period, and is still used by some masters today.

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May 22, 2017

Master of the Masters

Andrea del Verrocchio (pron “ver-OH-kee-oh”) Born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de’ Cioni, he was trained under a master goldsmith, Giuliano Verrocchio, from whom Andrea took the name, which translates to “true eyes.” He grew up with Lorenzo d’Medici (aka, Lorenzo the Magnificent) as a close friend. Although a bachelor for life, he lived with […]

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February 9, 2017

Patty Civalleri Interview with Fiverr

Historian, photographer and new author Patty Civalleri launches a new kind of Travel Guide, “FLORENCE: A Traveler’s Guide to its Gems & Giants.” Designed to take you a step deeper into your trip to Florence, Italy, Civalleri has created it as a set of four products: a Paperback Book, an EBOOK, a FunBook, and an […]

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October 5, 2016

Egyptian Archaeologists Dig Up Mounds of Ancient Treasures

October 6, 2016 For Immediate Release by Patty Civalleri Archaic Roman Winery, Baths, a New Prayer Temple, and the King Tut Debate Santa Ana, Ca – Egyptian Archeologists Dr. Mostafa Waziri and Salah Elmasekh will visit Southern California this month to reveal the latest important archaeological discoveries in a public forum to be held at […]

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August 1, 2016

6 Steps of Time Traveling

People love to travel. There is something inherent in our wiring that titillates our curiosity about that grass which grows on that other side of the fence. Does its lushness make us dream of living over there? Are there more flowers among those blades than there are on our side of the fence? Does it get […]

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June 23, 2016

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Surprisingly, I am asked about this obscure and unimportant topic. Lorem Ipsum. What and why? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry, and by software and website developers. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry standard dummy text ever since the 1500s when an unknown printer took a galley of type […]

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June 23, 2016

Our Thirst for Micro-Content

In the 1950’s “Cliff Notes” became available by Cliff Hillegass to give students a quick-and-easy way to get familiarized with a book or topic. In the early 1990’s “DOS for Dummies” burst onto the scene to fill a much-needed gap in consumer-friendly materials for up-and-coming programmers. Its expansion into a wide variety of topics catapulted the concept […]

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June 23, 2016

Road to Literary Awareness

Everyone knows the rules. There are thousands of books and website, blogs and tweets about how to get your first book published. All of the rules are the same: Research the Agents who work in your genre Formulate a Query Letter and an Intro. The Query must be no more than 500 words, and it […]

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June 23, 2016

Florence: Finding Verrocchio

Andrea del Verrocchio ~ Master of the Masters 1435-1488 Goldsmith, painter, sculptor Born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de’ Cioni, he was trained under a master goldsmith, Giuliano Verrocchio, from whom Andrea took the name, which translates to “true eyes.” He grew up with Lorenzo d’Medici as a close friend. Although a bachelor for life, […]

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June 23, 2016

Peru: The Lost Moche Civilization – pt 2

If you have never been to Peru, you are in for a brilliant adventure. Just like the US, Peru has many regions, each trumpeting their own unique bent on food, clothing, and language. The national drink there is Pisco, which is mixed in a variety of creative ways, and which you will find everywhere, from fancy brass-and-glass hotel bars […]

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June 23, 2016

Peru: The Lost Moche Civilization – pt 1

When you get the call, it is difficult to say ‘no’. “Hey Patty, are you available to disappear for a couple of weeks into Peru?” “Sure,” I replied. “But we’ve been there already, so why are we going again?” “We know you’ve already experienced the touristy side of Peru when you went to the Alta […]

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June 23, 2016

Oh, the Places I’ve Seen

I am a lucky girl! My life has presented me with many opportunities to travel, and I have taken full advantage of those opportunities. An unexpected souvenir that traveling gives you (whether you like it or not) is the gift of big-picture (cinematic, even) perspective. The ability to contrast, analyze, balance, measure, juxtapose, observe and ponder. […]

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June 23, 2016

Today I Received My First Literary Rejections

Getting a book published for the first time is not for the anemic. For the trillionth time, I find myself sitting at my desk, stuck. With an extensive list of to-do’s arranged by alphabet, category, and time allotted for completion, one would think that it would be difficult for a person to get stuck. But […]

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June 23, 2016

A Fine Buon Giorno – pt 2

Knowing that I was going to be in Florence for 3 months was exciting. I wasn’t staying in a hotel with all of the usual amenities and services. I had rented a little apartment in a local neighborhood called San Frediano. There aren’t any tourists here – mostly just locals. Perfect.  Because I wanted to get as […]

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June 23, 2016

A Fine Buon Giorno – pt 1

Many of us dream of replanting ourselves into a foreign land, even if only temporarily. The thought of immersing yourself into a world of new colors and landscapes, of enjoying the aromas of freshly-baked yummies emerging from local centuries-old ovens. Of startling your self-image with a new style of togs to match your new-found surroundings. […]

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June 23, 2016

The Ababda: A Vanishing Culture

The California Science Center, already well-known for their creative and inspiring collection of Brain Food, recently sponsored the Cleopatra Exhibit in 2013. Throughout the afternoon, I  sported memories of footprints in the Sahara sand, the shape of the Queen’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid, and watching as my son started at the top of a […]

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