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

Ballaro` market calls

February 20, 2016

Tags: palermo, ballaro, market, Poressore, Carlo Di Franco, architecture, anthropology, La Palermo Dei Misteri, group, non-profit, walking, tours, stones, speak, ALbergheria, streets, walk, follow, troupe, market calls


Anthropology professor Carlo Di Franco leads me through the Ballaro` street market, his favorite place -- on our way to the church of Il Carmine in the Albergheria quarter of Palermo. Professor Di Franco, who teaches a class in symbols in architecture (more…)

Votive altar at night

April 3, 2015

Tags: street, street shrine, votive, altar, palermo, vicolo, lights, bright, illumiated, sicily, religion, folklore, ballaro, albergheria

This votive altar was in the Albergheria quarter. A the end of this street are five steps down and you are right in front of the gated entrance to the cathedral. I loved the lights strung on in vertical stripes.

The Breast of Ballaro`

March 10, 2014

Tags: ballaro, church, dome, palermo, sicily

Beautiful majolica-covered church dome in Ballaro`
Prof. Carlo Di Franco, an anthropologist, author and president of the non-profit cultural association Palermo Dei Misteri, has been walking me around the four quarters of Palermo. Most recent trip was to Ballaro`, where he pointed out this beautiful, majolica tile-covered church cupola known locally and affectionately as the Breast of Ballaro`, although he named it in Sicilian.

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