About Me

My friends have been asking me why I call my blog Karma Roma so here’s why! In Buddhist teaching, part of the law of karma, says that `for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first’.  I should have paid careful attention to this when I met my ‘fidanzato’ (Fidz for short) in Toronto. Fidz is Italian and always talked about retirement in Italy. I paid little heed, seeing this as a far and distant future event. Well the ‘future’ has now become the present and Fidz has set his sights on living in Rome. In my youth, I had heard the phrase “All roads lead to Rome”. Little did I know that in my older years, I would be on one of them! How to leave my family, friends and comfortable house in downtown Toronto and move to a small apartment in Rome not speaking Italian? I came to Rome to check it out and fell in love with the city. When I step out, I see beauty everywhere, the buildings, the landscape, the art. I love food so just going to the market everyday is a pleasure. I started this blog to keep my family and friends in touch with my life in Rome and  consists of random thoughts on food, beauty and living in Rome but it has grown to include other adventures!

17 Responses to About Me

  1. Wayne Miller says:

    I am so happy for you. I will be keeping up with your blog.

    Miss you being so far away but so excited about your new adventure.

    All the best,


  2. Jw says:

    Lovely blog,
    I am enjoying it immensely – I feel I am there peeking over your shoulder and soaking in the atmosphere.
    You take to writing naturally, so keep it up – I will be tuning in to your latest adventures. I love the market pics, of course. Food pics are great!

  3. Tina says:

    Hi Joyce, so you are on the move again. Little did we think that you would end up in Italy – let alone Roma.!! I can now follow your escapades and join you on your new adventures. Best wishes and lots of love, Tina

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  5. juliet wong says:

    amazing, i know you are talented, but wow…you are an artist, your blog are such fun to read, i enjoy it throughly, thank you, dear joyce for sharing your incredible experience with me.

  6. sandra & Evarist Correa says:

    Wow Joyce, your blog is most impressive. You certainly have a flair for writing and you look stunning in your picture. We have not met for some decades but I still remember your warm and sincere friendship. I hope we shall meet in the near future. Keep up with the blog – please don’t stop. We wish you good health, more happy adventures and abundant love and joy.

    Friends forever,


    • joydaz says:

      Thanks Sandra! I do enjoy writing it and I’ve found out all sorts of interesting things I never would have bothered to read about if I wasn’t writing about them.

  7. Debra says:

    Joyce, I LOVE your Blog– Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us!

    Let’s keep in touch and schedule a long overdue Lunch– I miss your Smile and Warmth!

    Love from Kesrock to Roma ?

  8. Tim says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and will continue to do so. We have some interests in common – apart from dim distant collaboration on Staphylococcus – Italian culture, history, art and food. Ada and I have been to Sicily twice recently and your blog has inspired me to try to visit Palermo and the north of the island.

  9. Marguerite Clyne says:

    Hi Joyce
    your blog is just amazing. Tim told me about it. Have just finished writing a letter to Annamarie and after reading your blog I realise how nice it is to hear about old friends. I will make those lemon bars, they sound delicious.

    • joydaz says:

      Hi Marguerite,
      How nice to hear from you after all these years. One of the nicest things about writing this blog is that I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends.

  10. Rona Moniz says:

    Thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, Joyce! Thanks for sharing
    your adventures and hope you will have many more down the road!
    Will forward the link to Esme. We moved to Zurich 2 years ago, hope
    you will stop by and visit sometime…

  11. Alessandra Finocchioli-Scimonelli says:

    Cara Joyce, ho letto il bellissimo ritratto che hai fatto di tua sorella Cynthia e l’ho trovato veramente commovente e pieno di amore.Sono rimasta colpita dalla vostra storia e dal bellissimo rapporto che vi univa…bellissime anche le foto!
    Ciao, aspetto di vederti a Roma per suonare ancora insieme!

    • joydaz says:

      Ciao Alessandra, grazie per le tue parole. Volevo condividere il mio ricordo di mia sorella in memoria di lei. Mi fa piacere tornare a Roma a imparare e suonare il flauto con te.

  12. Sheila says:

    Hi Joyce.

    Hope all is going well for you in Toronto.

    We visited Vietnam and Cambodia a few years ago so your writings are binging back memories.

    L. is due to get married in Boston in mid-May but the current crisis brings uncertainty on whether it will go ahead or, if it does, whether we will be there. But there will be other opportunities for celebrations in the future.

    Keep well.


    • joydaz says:

      Hi Sheila
      So nice to hear from you. Must be stressful not knowing if the wedding will go ahead in May. Is L still in TO? If so, maybe I will see you here at some point. Take care and stay well.


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