Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

1944 Sunday dinner under the grape arbor

March 25, 2015

Tags: sicilian, italian-american, sunday, dinner, grape arbor, family, fun, carlstadt, new jersey, nana, papa, grandparents, tradition, outdoor, alfresco, together, famiglia

I remember these Sundays as something fun. The food and the fun on the lawn would go on into evening when I would catch fireflies and put them in a jar with holes punched in the cap for air. We little kids had a tin tub for a pool and a garden hose draped (more…)

Realmonte: Scala dei Turchi

March 23, 2015

Tags: realmonte, sicilia, scala dei turchi, white, cliff, editerranean, sea, blue, gypsum, beauty, sicily, sicilia, tourism, water, sun, colors

mafia wins one

March 23, 2015

Tags: mafia, pizzo, no pizzo, vucciria, palermo, sicily, siclia, italy, damage, threats, piss, urinate

From La Repubblica/Palermo edition of 22 March 2015.
A restaurant owner has given up and decided to move out of the Vucciria market area and night life hub of Palermo after a bonfire on the Eve of Saint Joseph's Feast (March 19) practically destroyed his business and put his customers and staff in danger. (more…)

LaRosa Works Offers Drawing Tour of Southeast Sicily

March 20, 2015

Tags: sicily, drawing, tour, southeast, larosa works, karen larosa, sicilia, turismo

From New York-based Karen La Rosa of LaRosaWorks.com:
"Draw each day with instruction, guidance, and handouts to deepen your understanding of drawing skills, your understanding of Sicily, and your own creative process, all done with an eye towards fun, exploration and discovery."

The Temple at Segesta

March 19, 2015

Tags: temple, segesta, trapani, sicilia, sicily, vacation, sisters, wonderful



In 2006 I invited my sisters and a couple of close friends to join me in my Bue Marino rental house in a tufa mine on Favignana for the 20th anniversary (more…)

Stealing light

March 14, 2015

Tags: palermo, theft, hacking, stealing, theft, electricity, light, police, investigation

From today's La Repubblica Palermo edition:

Hundreds of people reduced their electric bill to zero with a single jack in a distribution box and people lined up out the door of a hacker nicknamed the Magician of the Computer to pay 300 euros to have their meter's software modified so as not to register usage. (more…)

Sperlinga casa caverna. Sweet!

March 13, 2015

Tags: Sperlinga, home, house, stone, boudoir, rock, cave, caverna, troglodyte, sicily, sicilia

Via Pannetiere 3. My neighbor, but no one was home. A friend of mine let me sleep in her guest cave for a couple of nights, a couple of times. By the second time, she had inherited a different one which her youngest son used as a kid's club house. Comes with a view of the (more…)

Open-air sirocco room

March 10, 2015

Tags: scirocco room, camera dello scirocco, villa savagnone, altarello di baida, palermo, sicily, sicilia, refresh

An old photo of the sirocco room before it was filled with refuse. It is now clean and pristine again, thanks to the scouts of Sicily.
This is an outdoor sirocco room where eighteenth -century grandees would go to cool off in the summer when the hot, humid wind blew up from the Sahara. The source of the cooling, flowing water is a qanat. It is located withing the Palermo city limits, in a southern, somewhat rural, quarter called Altarello (more…)

Plight of the Immigrants

March 8, 2015

Tags: refugees, sicily, boat people, Italy, Mediterranean, crossing, immigration, clandestine, voyage, treacherous

By June of 2014, 59,880 migrants had landed on Italy's coast, more than arrived in all of 2011, and Sicily got 53,000 of them. All of them were treacherous voyages. Thousands of minors arrived without any family. They paid an average of $1,600 to board a broken-down fishing boat packed with 300 people, and no life vests. Life vests take up room. (more…)

Ten more victims: immigrants drown at sea. 1,000 survivors expected to arrive tonight

March 4, 2015

Tags: immigration, Mediterranean, graveyard, gommone, rubber raft, drown, victims, arrivals, ships, rescue, death, migration

At least ten people drown when the rubber raft they were in bounced and flipped. They were escaping Africa. They are not allowed in Europe, and so they travel clandestinely, as best they can, because ironically they must set foot in Europe in order to claim asylum. They cannot ask for help from the shores of Tripoli. (more…)

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