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

Street food vendor Rocky

September 23, 2016

Tags: palermo, street food, sicily, culture, rocky

Rocky set up on my street corner in the Via Vittorio Emanuele every night and sold pane ca meuzza, in Sicilian, pane con la milza in Italian, or spleen and cheese sandwich in English, a typically Palermitan street food item.

Knifemakers of Palermo

September 19, 2016

Tags: palermo, streets, knives, factory, traditional, craft, artisan, sharpeners, vucciria, markets, street, profession

University of Palermo anthropology professor Carlo Di Franco, who took the picture, writes on his personal Facebook page that Palermo's old knife makers appear in all the old markets of the city: the Vucciria, Ballaro`, and the Capo markets. He photographed Mr. Salvatore Cambria who for 60 years has operated out of his shop and workshop in Discesa Maccarrronai (Macaroni Makers Descent) in the Vucciria market.

Islamic feast of the sacrifice celebrated outdoors in Palermo

September 13, 2016

Tags: multiculturism, islam, foro italico, palermo, sicily, religion, tolerance, acceptance, cosmopolitan, city, no fear, many colors.

A thousand faithful and Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando celebrate the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice held seaside in the Foro Italico.

1100 migrants saved this weekend

September 11, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

Today, Sunday, alone saw 1100 migrants saved from the Strait of Sicily. The Libyan traffickers sent off eight rubber rafts all at once. Also saved were two tiny boats full of complete Libyan families. This is a new phenomenon, according to a report in the daily La Repubblica. The Libyan families are autonomous immigrants escaping (more…)

Accused traffickers acquitted of murder in Palermo

September 10, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy.

From Reuters in Rome via The Guardian:
An Italian judge has acquitted two men accused of people-smuggling and murder, saying they had been forced at gunpoint by Libyan traffickers to drive a rubber boat packed with migrants last year.

The judge in the Sicilian city of Palermo on Wednesday ordered that Jammeh Sulieman and (more…)

September 8, 2016

Tags: bombs, church, destruction, rubble, world war two, Casa Professa, palermo, sicily, italy

This Sicilian Baroque church was rebuilt, like many others in Palermo. Its original name is Chiesa di Gesu`, or Church of Jesus, established by Jesuits.

September 7, 2016



Washing and kissing immigrants' feet is all well and good. Heartwarming show but it is all theater and symbols.. The church should sell its art and help the poor, hire lobbyists to do whatever lobbyists do, including paying bribes, to change the world for them. And not just the Vatican's holdings, but every church in every parish.

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