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

Sophia is my favorite movie star

October 6, 2017

Tags: sophia loren, favorite, classic, beauty, talent, heart, empathy, humor, down to earth, naples, pozzuoli

This post also has nothing to do with anything important. I just needed a break from bad news.

Awesome wedding video by the Dinolfo Bros in Gangi, Sicily

May 22, 2017

Tags: video, artists, Dinlfo brothers, videographers, fratelli dinolfo, Gangi, Sicily, art, beauty, talent, awe, old town, stones, hills, wedding, marriage, love, gown, touchy, feely, real



I am subscribed to the Dinolfo Brothers feed. They are amazing video makers. They work out of Gangi, and I believe it is old Gangi in this wedding clip but I could be wrong. What a town. What talent these guys have. Talent, humor, appreciation of beauty. Dang! Are there USA photographers who make wedding movies like this?

Still snowing in Sicily

January 10, 2017

Tags: sicily, snow, gangi, madonie, drone, video, beauty, happy, gorgeous

Sicily got hit with up to three feet of snow in the mountain towns. Today in La Repubblica I found this video by a video artist in Gangi in the Madonie Mountains who sent his camera up on a drone to film the snow-covered red rooftops. What a wonderful job he did. It is so gorgeous I sent him a fan letter on Twitter. Video by Ivan Mocciaro of Gangi. Click on the caption to see the short video. PLEASE watch it full screen.

Rai 1 channel special on Palermo

January 7, 2017

Tags: palermo, monuments, beauty, history, culture, architecture, art, historic center, video, rai 1

A beautiful video on the core beauties of Palermo. First broadcast 31 December 2016, You can enjoy the images even if you do not understand Italian. Click on the caption to see the show.

Fantastic Sicily video

August 8, 2016

Tags: Sicily, beauty, video, go there



The great videographer Bill Livingston, who made the double Emmy-winning film "The Italians", just sent me a link to this three-minute promo for Sicily. WOW what a great job and what JOY the video maker must have had making it.

Arabian horse beauty contest in La Favorita Park

April 3, 2016

Tags: palermo, la favorita, park, clean, horse, arabian, contest, equestrian, beauty, urban

Mayor Leoluca Orlando had closed the La Favorita park to traffic for a few weeks of intensive cleaning before Easter. When the normally messy and littering Palermo public left it absolutely clean after Easter Monday's traditional Pasquetta picnic and barbecues, the newspapers reported the fact giddily. Now here's a scene from an Arabian horse beauty competition in the Favorita, Palermo style.
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Liberty Demetra Mosaic restored

March 3, 2016

Tags: Dmeter, demetra palermo, art liberty, goddess, grain, fertility, agriculture, mosaic, restore, capo, market, pupa old glory, beauty, sicily, panificio S Morello

The Liberty style mosaic of Demeter, Sicilian goddess of grain and agriculture known as the Doll of the Capo because she adorned the front of a bakery in the Capo market has been restored. She and the bakery sign were removed from the decrepit building (the bakery had gone out of business after many (more…)

Palermo of a thousand cultures

February 17, 2016

Tags: palermo, cultures, history, beauty, popular, historic, rai, television, line verde orizzonti


From Linea Verde Orizzonti (Green Line Horizons) , a presentation of RAI -tv, a fifty-minute show in Italian highlighting the mixture of cultures that made and makes Palermo what it is. Here is the link in case the embed code did not work:
http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-2131e4ab-219a-465a-b12d-45c3404dc6a5.html#p=0

Cityscape

January 31, 2016

Tags: Palermo, Monte Pellegrino, vista, view, anorama, beauty, bellezza, sicily, capital, island, mediterranean

A beautiful view of Palermo
Palermo can take your breath away. Monte Pellegrino is in the background. This greensward is where the Luna Park amusement park was for many years.

More hexagons

January 24, 2016

Tags: Via Cartari, Kalsa, Palero, Sicily, paving, stones, hexagonal, hexagon, nice touch, antiquity, beauty, old, city, urban

Via Cartari in the Kalsa, just a block east of the boulevard Via Vittorio Emanuele, is honeycombed with six-sided paving stones.
Via Cartari is one of the few historic streets to retain its hexagonal paving stone. I lived just a block from this little street and saw it every time I walked to the Antica Focacceria San Francesco. This was the paper makers' street. A great neighborhood. Gotta tell you that the photographer had smelly (more…)

The Florios' Liberty mansion masterpiece open to public

December 28, 2015

Tags: Palermo, Liberty, architecture, villino, florio, beauty, example, sicily, region, showplace

The Villino Florio all'Olivuzza in high Liberty style will be open to the public for at least a short while beginning December 29, according to the Amo Palermo blog. It once belonged to Palermo's most influential millionaires, the Florios. Click on the caption to see interior and exterior photos of the villa. It is adream. I have yet to see this in person. Viale Regina Margherita, 38, near La Zisa.

Palermo cathedral this Christmas

December 21, 2015

Tags: palermo, cathedral, christmas, lights, beauty, architecture, Pietro Cancelliere, photographer

Away from the hustle and bustle of shopping, Pietro Cancelliere captured the Christmas beauty of the Cathedral at night.

Tower of S. Nicolo` open at night

December 5, 2015

Tags: tower, lookout, panorama, view, vista, night, open, admission, ballaro`, albergheria, beauty, lights

The tower of the Church of San Nicolo` in Ballaro` will once again be open to the public at night for a 5-euro admission fee.

I am grateful for this

November 26, 2015

Tags: art, home, creativity, mystery, palermo, via celso, piazzetta sant'agata, who made this?, curious, fascinating, symbols, seashells, saints, beauty, expression, facade, home, old palermo

I am grateful that one day walking aimlessly and happily in the neighborhood behind the Palermo Cathedral I found the facade of this house all decorated creatively. I just get the feeling that some older pensioner with a happy, creative bent made this. And I am grateful I had my little Flip camera which I carried in my hand everywhere in that city. Happy Thanksgiving, tutti.

SHort Break: Favignana Photos

October 28, 2015

Tags: favignana, egadi, isole, island, tonnara, fishermen, beach, fun, blue, sea, sky, tuna, archeology, Clemente Ventrone, Cristina Torre, Theresa Maggio, tonnaroti, tradition, net, beauty, nature, sun, sea, Mediterranean, fun, world unto itself



Circa early- to mid-1990s. Here's the video link in case the embed code does not work:
http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01304&video=61535

Into the Night

September 8, 2015

Tags: Giorgio Rowley, Palermo, Into the Night, video, time lapse, clouds, clock, cathedral, love, beauty

Again, because it is so beautiful, and maybe you missed it the first time.

Tower of S. Nicolo`, Bagheria

September 8, 2015

Tags: toree s. Nicolo`, bagheria, view, night, open, september, beauty, city, palermo, sicily, sicilia

View from the Tower of S. Nicolo`, Albergheria, Palermo
On 12 September, the Tower of the Church of San Nicolo` in the heart of Albergheria in Old Palermo will be open until midnight for half-hour tours. The view is so beautiful. Palermo at night can't be beat.

A restored palace in Via Maqueda

July 13, 2015

Tags: palazzo Gravina, palermo, sicily, palace, restoration, chandeliers, fresco, ceiling, proud, beauty, urban

You cannot tell a book by its cover. From the outside this palace does not look like much. The man who showed me around has a workshop downstairs. He went to school in this building, now a private residence owned by the family who once owned Palermo's soccer team. And a pasta factory.

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

Scala dei Turchi

February 25, 2015

Tags: scala dei turchi, agrigento, sicilia, sicily, white, blue, sea, mediterranean, beauty, bellezza, mare

We are deep into winter in Vermont and I am thinking about these blue and white places. Sicily is such a beautiful island. Scala dei Turchi is near the big town of Agrigento but actually in the smaller town of Realmonte, where I stayed for a few days in 2010. The white stone is hard-packed gypsum. Realmonte citizens are the happiest Sicilians I have yet found.

Palermo by day

February 8, 2015

Tags: palermo, panorama, beauty, sicily, sicilia

Here is a fine shot of Palermo by day, the same scene as Palermo by Night, of my Feb. 1 blog post below. If you don't look down at the refuse and garbage on the ground, things look really good.

Abandoned beauty

February 6, 2015

Tags: demetra, demeter, mosaic, liberty, art deco, panificio morello, il capo, palermo, sicily, art, beauty, abandoned

Here is the mosaic of Il Capo, one of Palermo's three suqs. It is an art deco (in Sicily they would say Stile Liberty) mosaic depicting Demeter, the goddess of grains and agriculture, the mother of Persephone, and it is embedded in the exterior wall of the now closed Panificio Morello. A few tiles (more…)

Palermo By Night

February 1, 2015

Tags: palermo, night, sicily, beauty

Palermo by Night
She is never more beautiful. This is a view of the Palermo cathedral from a rooftop in the historic center. Photographer unknown to me.

La Zisa

January 20, 2015

Tags: La Zisa, palermo, norman arab, architecture, pool, reflection, sicily, sicilia, beauty, twelfth century, water, M. D'Ippolito

La Zisa reflection pools. Photo: M. D'Ippolito
Palermo is famous for its Norman-Arab architecture. Here is the 12th-century pleasure palace La Zisa.

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.

Last Day in Palermo

April 30, 2014

Tags: palermo, Mondello, sferracavallo, grotta perciata, Pietra Tara, bronza age, village, megalithic, Monte Gallo, Capo gallo, garden, hisotic, scaglia, francesca Mercadante, Pippo LoCascio, patrimony, preserve, nature preserve, marine reserve, guardians, angels, beauty, history

Piergiorgio Leone at the Grotta Perciata, Mondello
And I spent the morning in Mondello and Sferracavallo, by the sea. In Sferracavallo to see a complete, intact, protohistoric Bronze Age megalithic village, and in Mondello on the slopes of Monte Gallo to visit a panoramic, historic garden planted in the early 1900's, with archeological treasures from 10,000 years ago. (more…)

Mohammed makes my bouquet

April 12, 2014

Tags: vagabond, homeless, senza tetto, Mohammed, Mo, foro italico, seashore, camper, flowers, beach, wildflowers, bouquet, kindness, beauty, palermo, sicily, italy



I spent yesterday afternoon with Mohammed, a homeless Iranian architect, a vagabond by nature, a kind man who helps all the other homeless people less fortunate than he. He lives with three or four dogs, and visiting pigeons, cats, seagulls, lizards and human friends, in a camper by the sea, at the Foro Italico, (more…)

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