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

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.

New bishop celebrates Christmas with homeless

December 25, 2015

Tags: Fra Biagio Conte, Palermo, sicily, homeless, Mission of Hope and Charity, Missione delle Speranza e della Carita, church, Christmas, citadel, poor, citadella, poveri, clochard, care, love, hope, charity

"This is the real church," Palermo's brand new archbishop Corrado Lorefice said to those gathered to celebrate Christmas Eve at Fra Biagio Conte's Mission of Hope and Charity. Biagio, a lay brother who takes care of a thousand homeless people in three inner city homes for them in Palermo, welcomed the new archbishop to his shelter.

Giuliana Church Steeple

January 23, 2015

Tags: Giuliana, Sicilia, sicily, steeple, laundry, Italy, mosque, church, onion dome

I took this picture back in 1986. Giuliana is in the mountains in Palermo province, a beautiful spot. This church, to which a lady has attached her wash line, was church then a mosque ( with the addition of the dome, then back to a church again.

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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La Martorana, Arab-Norman church. Pix by AmoPalermo

April 3, 2014

Tags: Martorana, church, mosaics, gold, Byzantine, arab- norman, palermo, sicily, italy

Martorana lapis and gold stars ceiling
http://www.amopalermo.com/2013/01/la-martorana-restaurata-alcune-immagini.html

Link to wonderful photos of the interior of my favorite church in downtown Palermo, la Martorana, a Norman-Arab beauty with gold and lapis mosaics by Byzantine masters and inscriptions in Arabic on column capitals. Thanks to AmoPalermo blog for these photos. The church was most recently restored in November 2012.

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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