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Ah! Tuscany
     

Ah! Tuscany

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by Don Mcpherson
 

An Expatriate Discovers More than One Way of Saying "Ah! Tuscany"

The author and his wife buy an apartment in Tuscany, furnish it and take up residence there for six months each year. Over subsequent years of assimilation into Tuscan life he records many experiences and observations that are both hilarious and maddeningly frustrating - tales of bureaucracy

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An Expatriate Discovers More than One Way of Saying "Ah! Tuscany"

The author and his wife buy an apartment in Tuscany, furnish it and take up residence there for six months each year. Over subsequent years of assimilation into Tuscan life he records many experiences and observations that are both hilarious and maddeningly frustrating - tales of bureaucracy gone mad, a self-absorbed merciless government in league with uncaring big-business and utilities, and stories of life around his condominium and home town of San Gimignano. They bring to light both positive and negative aspects of Tuscan living that the casual tourist never experiences. From these observations he develops a theory on the factors that contribute to the special Tuscan character. His story supports the thesis that multiple facets of Tuscan life together form a whole that is fuller, more human and more interesting than the beautiful side that he first knew as a tourist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598007671
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/03/2006
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
0.66(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

Meet the Author

From the age of 14-years Don worked his way around the world in search of adventure: from ships in the Great Lakes to ships at sea, from a Northern Ontario lumber camp to flying with the Canadian Air Force, and through it all squeezed in an engineering education at the University of Toronto. He then worked as a geophysicist, logging oil wells in Canada's west, and as an instrumentation designer for developmental jet engines before taking a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering. While serving as Assistant Professor of Physics on the faculty of the University of Waterloo, he won a French government scholarship that took him to France to obtain a Diplome en Génie Atomique. Based on his research and teaching of Nuclear Engineering at Waterloo, he was sent by the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Philippines as an expert in Industrial Applications of Radio Isotopes and from there went on to obtain a Ph.D. from the University of London in thermal-hydraulic aspects of nuclear reactor safety.

Finally Don settled down to work as a reactor safety research engineer and then a nuclear fuel designer with Atomic Energy of Canada. In 1973, he was invited to Washington to work with the US Atomic Energy Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) doing reactor license reviews and in various reactor safety projects. Until 1988 he managed two major safety research programs: the Loss-of-Fluid-Test and the Three-Mile-Island Accident Evaluation Program, which attracted participation from nuclear power countries in Western Europe and Asia. He also headed the US Department of Energy's study of the Chernobyl accident.

In 1989 he undertook a 4-year assignment inParis, as Director of the Nuclear Energy Agency's Division of Nuclear Safety. Returning to the NRC, he served as its expert on tests of safety systems of advanced reactor designs, the majority being performed in Europe and Japan, and then as NRC's senior Scientist for Russia's Plutonium Reactors Core Conversion Project which took him to Russia frequently.

Throughout his career Don published over 50 technical papers and presentations on his research in radioisotope applications, thermohydraulics applied to nuclear fuel heat transfer, fuel design and particularly on reactor safety. Since retiring in 2000 he and his Italian-born wife, Silvia purchased a small apartment in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy where he focused his writing interests on their Italian adventures, the inscrutable Italian bureaucracy and the delights of Italian living. He publishes a monthly letter from San Gimignano in Poche Parole, newsletter of the Washington Italian Cultural Society, and has published articles in Elan Magazine, of Northern Virginia. Silvia is a retired piano concert artist and piano teacher. Together, they enjoy a family of five girls, five grandchildren and one great grand-daughter, living in Canada, the US and Brazil.

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Ah! Tuscany 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The living of this story has been an experience of a lifetime. From friends and unknown readers alike, I have received reports of enjoyment of what they have read. I therefore recommend the book and wishes that many more will decide to share my story.