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

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…)

Church of the Immaculate Conception, al Capo

May 16, 2014

Tags: church, immaculate conception, capo, palermo, hidden treasure, intarsio, stone inlay, chandelier, baroque

Chandelier, frescoes, intarsio, and local marble
I first saw this church on one of Anthrolpogist Carlo di Franco's Palermo of Mysteries tours in Palermo's Capo market. Usually this church is closed, but he had someone open it one night for his group of 100 Palermo lovers. we oohed at the intarsio, four stone inlay side altars that looks as though they're painted.

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Eternal Embrace

May 16, 2014

Tags: naufragio, refugees, dead, drown, shipwreck, heart, embrace, undersea, Sicily, Mediterranean, racist, grave, cemetery, marine, coast guard, documentary, film, video, European Union, laws, care, love, death

Watery grave, heart's embrace

This is a freeze frame from a video taken by Italian Coast Guard rescue and recovery divers of two refugees who died embraced on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea just off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Oct. 3, 2013, after the worst tragedy in those seas since 2000. Three hundred sixty-six people drowned together that day.
In this picture, two of them face each in what was left of their embrace. The empty space between them forms a heart. They died (more…)

Mosque

May 15, 2014

Tags: mosque, palermo, via celso, Mulberry Street

The Mosque in Via Celso
I am not sure what this building was before it was a mosque. The fence posts bear crescent moons and often I see clean wet laundry hung on the fence, jeans and shirts, as if someone lives there. Many Moslems go to storefront mosques on Friday afternoons, but this one is lovely with rugs (more…)

Memorial murals

May 14, 2014

Tags: memorial, mural, art, grafitti, youth, palermo, sicily, sicilia, albergheria, ballaro`

Pasquale and Giuffrida's Memorial Wall
If you die young in Ballaro` someone will immortalize you with a giant mural of your face and maybe a garden, tended like an altar, that no one will defile. Pasquale Ferrara and Giuseppe Giufridda were two youths of Ballaro` and this mural of them was near the Mercato del Usato, the used items market, otherwise (more…)

Odd and wonderful

May 11, 2014

Tags: street art, grafitti, painting, palermo, ballaro`, art

Street art at the entrance to Ballaro` street market.
Call it street art, call it grafitti. I like it. The three eyes are a recurring theme of this anonymous artist.

Opium Poppy

May 8, 2014

Tags: opium, poppy, flower, drug, sicily, palermo, sferracavallo, paleogeology, archeogeology, temple

Dr. Francesca Mercadante shoots an opium poppy
Archeogeologist Francesca Mercadante, of Partanna Mondello, photographs an opium poppy growing in someone's driveway garden in Sferracavallo, a fishing village quartiere on the north side of Palermo. Dr. Mercadante said that a vase found at a Greek temple in Sicily had vegetation depicted on it. One decorative illustration, for many years, had been misinterpreted (more…)

Pietra Tara, a megalithic Bronze-Age village in Sferracavallo

May 4, 2014

Tags: vermont, palermo, pietra tara, Bronze Age, village, megalithic, culture, city limits


I am back in Vermont but I still have plenty to show and tell from my most recent three-month sojourn in Palermo. (more…)

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