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

Silver Crown for the Madonna

July 6, 2014

Tags: silver, crown, antonio amato, artisan, madonna

Artisan working on a silver crown
An artisan in the workshop of Antonino Amato in Piazza G. Meli behind the Church of San Domenico in Palermo, autumn 2012. He is creating a silver crown for a madonna.

Sun through the olive trees

June 25, 2014

Tags: farms, homeless, nuns, brothers, sisters, scopello, castellammare del Golfo, trapani, nature, growth, rebuild, fruit, fava, peas, olives, Mass, life, rebirth, charity, hope, speranza, carita, mission

Silver lining of a cloud behind the olive branches
Fra Biagio Conte's community for the homeless has expanded into the countryside. The homeless shelter inherited a farm near the sea, at Scopello in Sicily, and the homeless have rebuilt it, and cleaned up the olive groves, made them productive again, and make all the shelter's olive oil there.

Olives at the Ballaro` market

June 11, 2014

Tags: olives, green, street, market, ballaro`, palermo, sicily, sicilia, italy

Green olives, Ballaro` market
A bank of green olives for sale in the Ballaro` market street.

Back to Vermont a minute

June 9, 2014

Tags: vermont, river, beauty, nature, happy, relax, cormorants, geese, sundog, clouds, sky, water, trees, green

Purple iris at the Marina in Brattleboro. YUM!
I just want you to see this. I am so lucky to live here.

Rough looking

June 5, 2014

Tags: capo, market, food, clothing, doors, oalermo, immigrants, neighborhood, quartiere, siclia, sicily, Italy, south, old, rough

These ancient wooden doors lead to a flat above the Capo market.
Many southern Asian immigrants live in this, the Capo market neighborhood. These rough wooden doors looked positively medieval. Often, univiting, creaking, forbidding, even, heavy wooden doors lead to enchanted colonnaded courtyards filled with sunlight and a fountain, such a surprise. In Palermo, you never know what is behind the next closed door.

culture clash

June 2, 2014

Tags: palermo, capo, market, street immigrant, woman, girl, color, dresses, traditional garb, sicily, sicilia, cultural, melting pot, culture, tradition, modern, traditional, clash

Immigrant woman and child in the Capo market street
The most colorful clothing can always be found in Il Capo market, whether on display or worn by the denizens.

The Pink and Black

May 31, 2014

Tags: soccer, football, palermo, sicily, team

Grafitti I found in Il Capo market
Palermo just made it back into the A league of national soccer. Their team wears pink and black uniforms.

Cuticchio's Puppet Theater

May 29, 2014

Tags: puppet, theater, cuticchio, figli d'arte, tradition, palermo, sicily art, marionettes

http://www.figlidartecuticchio.com/
Some of the best entertainment in the city right in the heart of it, near the Teatro Massimo in Via Bara all'Olivella. Enacting the stories of the paladins of Charlemagne.

Circle of Love

May 20, 2014

Tags: biblioteca le balate, Libera Dolci, Donatella Natoli, crochet, uncinetto, women, girls, talk, calm, underprivileged

Libera Dolci, a volunteer at the children's and babies' Library in Le Balate, teaches crochet, and also how everything is connected.
I love this photo. I took it at an after-school crochet class given by Libera Dolci at the La Biblioteca dei Ragazzi e dei Bambini Le Balate, the Children's and Babies' Library of the Balate, a very poor neighborhood in the Albegheria quarter of Palermo. Her arms make a circle, a stitch, a knot (more…)

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