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

Archbishop Lorefice took in four Nigerian immigrants

December 30, 2015

Tags: immigration, Corrado Lorefice, adopt, refugees, family, children, live, palace, archbishop, mercy, kindness, Palermo, sicily, sicilia, rescue, life, shelter, home

Palermo's brand new Archbishop Corrado Lorefice has installed four Nigerian refugees in the bishop's residence, the diocese's incredible palace across from the cathedral on Via Vittorio Emanuele: a young Nigerian woman, and a Nigerian mother of two small children.
He encouraged others to do the same, especially in this Year of Mercy as prescribed (more…)

Refugee baby born on rescue ship now in Ragusa

December 23, 2015

Tags: refugee, baby, born, rescue ship, francesca, stephani, benin city, nigeria, sex-trade, human trafficking, unknowing, asylum, immigration, life, africa, europe, northward, poverty, economics, guardian, newspaper

The unspoken undercurrent in this article is that Stephanie may be the unwitting victim of a thriving human- traffic in sex slaves. Naive Nigerian girls, especially from Benin City, are often tricked into forfeiting their lives in the sex trade when they are offered work as hair dressers, grocery clerks in the new world then once in Europe are forced into a life of prostitution from which they are not freed until they pay upwards of $40,000 to their captors. I wonder if her captors will reclaim her as their merchandise once she leaves the Ragusa women's refuge. She still does not know she is in danger. Click on the caption to read the story in The Guardian.

More Palermo by night

August 14, 2015

Tags: chiavettieri, vucciria, night, life, palermo, Sicilia, sicily, chaos, party, drink, fun, overcrowding, loud, broken beer bottles, chiasso, drunk, talk too much



Used to be Palermo had no night life, they rolled up the sidewalks after supper. You had to belong to a club in order to get into a bar with music and liquor. I don't what happened or exactly (more…)

Sun through the olive trees

June 25, 2014

Tags: farms, homeless, nuns, brothers, sisters, scopello, castellammare del Golfo, trapani, nature, growth, rebuild, fruit, fava, peas, olives, Mass, life, rebirth, charity, hope, speranza, carita, mission

Silver lining of a cloud behind the olive branches
Fra Biagio Conte's community for the homeless has expanded into the countryside. The homeless shelter inherited a farm near the sea, at Scopello in Sicily, and the homeless have rebuilt it, and cleaned up the olive groves, made them productive again, and make all the shelter's olive oil there.

Fra Biagio and the farms

April 27, 2014

Tags: farms, homeless, nuns, brothers, sisters, scopello, castellammare del Golfo, palermo, trapani, nature, growth, rebuild, fruit, fava, peas, olives, Mass, life, rebirth, charity, hope, speranza, carita, mission

Fra Biagio Conte
Fra Biagio Conte, a layman, a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis, houses and feeds more than a thousand people in his four urban shelters and communities in Palermo. His guests are Sicilians, Italians, Europeans, Asians, and Africans, men, women and children. Recently his prayers have been answered. He always wanted to (more…)

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