Russell J.T. Dyer

Just some guy, hanging around Milan.

the activities and musings of an american writer and editor in milan, italy • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 - 12:00AM • hits: 22670 for site today; 384 for page this week

The Pumpkin Stand

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A Helleu Acquisition

Earlier this year I started acquiring art work for my home. A few months ago I bought an etching by Paul Cesar Helleu, a famous artist from Paris. It was made around the year 1900. I had it reframed recently and hung it in my bedroom this week. It’s marvelous. I got it at a very good price and I’m delighted to have it in my home.

posted: oct 30, 2014

First Performance at La Scala

After many years of living in Milan and wanting to see a performance at La Scala theater, I’ve final gone to one. I went with a a friend visiting from Sweden this week. They’re world famous for their operas, but they also produce ballets and symphony orchestera performances. Their tickets can be from one-hundred to two-hundred euros each. However, we managed to buy deep discounted tickets for only eleven euros a ticket to a ballet, Romeo and Juliet.

posted: oct 24, 2014

Finding Clarity

To learn how to use the Leica M9 camera for studio photography, while in London this week, I spent a day taking private lessons with a professional fashion photographer who uses the same camera for his work. He hired a model for the lessons. It was fun and extremely useful.

posted: aug 12, 2014

Basic Cooking Classes

For a few years I have been trying to improve my cooking skills. I’m fairly good at cooking now, but I have gaps in my understanding and skills. I don’t know how to cook many things I’d like to be able to cook. There are things I’m still uncertain about how to do. So I started taking classes at a cooking school in Milan.

posted: jun 10, 2014

Original Art

As a child, we had plenty of original art in our home. I like original, hand made art. It feels more genuine than prints. It feels more like a home. Since I’ve been on my own, I haven’t had any original art, though. I’ve discovered recently on-line art auctions. It’s fun and exciting. A couple of weeks ago I bid on my first picture and won. It arrived last week.

posted: jun 9, 2014


Below are recent musings of mine. Click on an entry heading to read its full text. Click on the musings tab at the top left to see all of them.

A Postcard from the Past

In digging recently through a box of old postcards, I discovered one from long ago that was sent to me when I was a young man. It was from Europe, from San Marino in particular. I remember the card and remember thinking when I received it how wonderful it would be to go to Europe.


Deleting Skype Contacts

Over the past few weeks I have begun to delete friends most of the people from my Skype contact list. I have deleted friends, actual friends with whom I regularly communicate. I am down to eleven contacts in Skype now: eight colleagues, two friends, and my daughter.