Santa Maria della Scala

by Sue Hubbard Siena It’s Easter and the museum is empty. Nothing but relics and saints’ bones – a thumb, a foreskin – it’s impossible to tell, in their ornate reliquaries, what things are – and holy of holies, a sacred nail. There’s also a gilded gospel from Constantinople enamelled in cobalt blue. Tiny Byzantine…

Still Not Wise

by Beth Ann Bovino Two months ago Robin Varghese of 3QD turned the ripe old age of 40 and celebrated with many of his closest friends in Vegas, including me. Robin planned to make his riches at the tables, but success eluded him (and almost everyone else). And while Robin still has a few more…

Not-So-Lucky Sevens

by Beth Ann Bovino The financial markets marked the centennial of the Great Panic of 1907 by holding another panic.  David Wyss, chief economist at Standard and Poors (and my boss) asked whether it’s an accident that these crises often seem to occur in years ending in ‘7’?  He said that “we had financial problems…

FreeTown

by Beth Ann Bovino September sent me to Scandinavia for work. Assuming that summer lasts through the ninth month, I arrived equipped for the beach. There was no beach and the temperature barely made it to 45 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, even colder at night. With one sweater and a jeans jacket, I explored…