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Merry Christmas - Buon Natale - Feliz Navidad!

It's Christmas Eve and although we are here in the States, we won't be celebrating the holiday with family and friends in Jersey because we are way too pregnant to travel. Despite not being with the fam, it's still an exciting time for us because there is so much to be grateful for from this past year.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I hope that your holiday is full of love, laughter and memories you'll cherish forever.

Here's to a fantastic 2013! And, I also hope this explains why my photography posts have been slacking lately. The third trimester is no joke. Carrying around this extra weight plus a camera reminds me of walking around with a Ruck Sack that I just can't put down. LOL I look forward to resuming my clicking finger when our little joy is born in early 2013. 

All photography by Liesl Marelli of Girona Consulting. (all rights reserved)

A Unique Art Gallery Quarterly (January - March 2013)

Here you go. The first magazine issue from A Unique Art Gallery is ready for viewing. You can view it online or purchase a copy. I'll provide both methods ...

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A Unique Art Gallery Quarterly Magazine: January - March 2013          
 By Liesl Marelli in A Unique Art Gallery Presents its Quarterly Art Magazine  40 pages, published 12/17/2012      
A Unique Art Gallery presents the first edition of its quarterly art magazine. The Gallery, based in Jupiter, Florida (Palm Beach County), currently represents more than 20 local and international photographers, painters, sculptors and mixed media artists.        

As the new year begins, the gallery also is beginning a new venture: a quarterly magazine. During this issue you will be introduced to many of our wonderful artists and read about upcoming Juried events and Art Exhibitions. 

From the gallery’s inception in 2010, it has continued to grow and evolve into a beloved hub for local and i…

Honor and Serve - Photography Exhibit

Honor and Serve - Event
April 10, 2013, 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
At A Unique Art Gallery 
Jupiter, Florida, United States
Hosted by: GironaC
Photography Exhibition opening night: April 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at A Unique Art Gallery located at 226 Center Street in Jupiter, Florida (Palm Beach County). Join us for a night of art, music and complimentary wine and h'orderves. 
Artist Liesl Marelli served as a military photojournalist in the Army for nine years. During her time in service, she deployed to Iraq where she documented the war efforts made by American Soldiers and Marines. She strived to capture and share moments with viewers to help provide insight to a perspective they may not otherwise know. Each photograph she exhibits captures a moment in time where the viewer can visualize the outcome they see and feel. It’s through this freedom of thought that she strove to capture the American spirit. 
A local musician will open the event. Proceeds from the exhibit will be shared with a loc…

Pausing to Give Thanks


2012 Veteran's Day Parade in West Palm Beach

We attended the Veteran's Day parade in downtown West Palm Beach for the second year in a row. The weather, once again, was absolutely perfect, which made the day even more enjoyable. There were a few surprises with this year's parade ...
There were soooooooooo many beauty pageant girls and women in the parade. I'm not sure how they correspond with Veteran's Day but it sure was a strange addition, in my opinion. Even more peculiar were the titles such as "America's Perfect Woman" and "Miami's Perfect Miss." Admittedly, I don't keep up with pageants but those titles seem a bit pretentious to me. I couldn't imagine applying for those titles let alone wearing them ... but diversity makes the world go 'round, right?There were no Marines that we noticed. There were a lot of Sailors and Soldiers but we missed seeing Marines this year. If they were there, maybe they did some kind of Urban Operations and moved tactically down Clematis Str…

It's Veteran's Day. Do you know what a Veteran looks like?

Last month I was dumbfounded when a woman shared her perspective about what Veterans "should" look like. She was told me that she wanted the photos depicted of Veterans to be more ... graphic, heinous and display grotesque injuries instead of just people in regular clothes doing regular tasks. "How would anyone know they are Veterans?" This was a big issue to her since she fund-raises for a Veteran's organization.

As an OIF Veteran, I was pretty annoyed once the first sentence rolled out of her mouth. After listening to her perspective, I was basically thrown over the edge by her "rationale" for wanting only physically injured Veterans displayed as if the other Veterans didn't count.

Here's why I was so confused/frustrated with the perspective ...

Their organization supported Veterans with physical and mental/emotional injuries ... so whether they were an amputee or suffered from PTSD or mTBI, their organization supported them. So, what does s…

Fat, Rude and in a Hurry?

I'm getting to the point where I'm "very noticeably" pregnant. One of the perks about being obviously pregnant (and not mistaken for fat) is that strangers spark up conversations all the time about it. I don't ask but people just love talking to pregnant people about their life - at least, that's the impression I get.

If I rub my belly, people ask, "Is the baby kicking?"  "Do you know if it's a girl or boy?" Sometimes people just guess. They point at my stomach and pick a gender. Yes, I correct them when they guess it's a boy and proudly tell them I'm having a little girl. 
It's kind of cute because I find that people just want to share info about their lives with someone. I'm the pregnant one so ... sure, tell me what's up with your kids and how much you enjoy being a parent. If I'm not in a rush, I certainly don't mind a little conversation about what makes you happiest in life. 
Today, after a gentleman f…

Enchanting Italian Travels & Facts (Continued)

It’s Roman artichoke season again (for the record, it’s officially February-May, by IGP standards). You can hardly turn around without seeing one of these seasonal thistles, and there are plenty of places in Rome to try its classic preparations–check out this post I wrote last year for a traditional artichoke itinerary. There are also tons of other ways to eat artichokes this season, here are my top 5 must try dishes (or slices!) and where to find them:

Carciofi alla romana Renaissance style: L’Arcangelo recreates Bartolomeo Scappi’s dish of braised artichokes with mint, granulated cane sugar, and grated pecorino.

Carciofi infarinati: At La Gatta Mangiona, thin wedges of artichokes are rolled in flour and deep fried to golden delicious crispiness.

Pizza con caciocavallo, carciofi romaneschi, e pancetta arrotolata della Bassa parmense: Back at La Gatta Mangiona, this pizza is topped with piquant caciocavallo, sweet braised artichokes and savory pancetta. Magic.

Pizza al taglio: At Pizzari…

A Photographic Journey by Liesl Marelli

A Photographic Journey by Liesl Marelli By Liesl Marelli in Travel & Adventure 56 pages, published 10/22/2012 An international, photographic exploration by Liesl Marelli. Travel throughout the United States, Peru, Spain, Italy and Iraq. Subjects include nature, nature's landscapes, urban landscapes, military photojournalism, architecture, street life and more. All art work in the magazine is available as custom prints.
You may also go directly to the publication by clicking here.

Italian Heritage + Italian Pride through Photography

While traveling through Italy, I was constantly reminded of why Italians and Italian-Americans are so proud of their heritage. It's impossible to not soak up the culture - the food, the architecture, the art, the terrain, the flavors, the smells.

Because I love Italy so much, I am including some interesting facts about Italy - many of which I didn't know so I'm guessing many of you might not know either. I remember in my Italian language class in college, my professor boasted about Italian achievement every single class. He favored all of us with Italian last names and I think that's why I did so well in that class. So, in honor of my professor, here is my devotion of love to Italy & Italians ... wherever they find themselves in our world.

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62 Little-known facts about Italy  The name Italy comes from the word italia, meaning “calf land,” perh…

Change doesn't make progress. It just makes movement.

Benjamin Disraeli once said, "Change is inevitable. Change is constant." I do agree but I'm not confident change is always a step toward progress. Sometimes it's just scattered movement.

Take for example something I photographed earlier this year. It was a Recruit Sustainment Program event by the National Guard. What is the RSP? Quite simply it is a subgroup in the National Guard that consists of people who just signed up for the military and are awaiting a ship date before they go to Basic Combat Training. It's also those who are "split" options which means they don't do Basic Combat Training back-to-back with their job training (called Advanced Individual Training). Until these guys complete their basic training requirements, they can't go to their assigned unit because they aren't fully qualified. So, there you have it - a group of newbies to the military who have many training days ahead of them.
Speaking from experience, I can tell you …