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

Still snowing in Sicily; Troina paralyzed

January 18, 2017

Tags: snow, sicily, troina, meter, paralysis, trouble

The mountain town of Troina in Enna Province is paralyzed by more than three feet of snow. More than 200 head of livestock have died. This is the city that Ruggero used as his base during his 36-year conquest of Sicily from the Arabs. The streets are so steep that they instituted a free bus (more…)

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.

Snow day in Sicily

January 8, 2017

Tags: snow, sicily, unusual

Sicily was hit with an unusual snowstorm that closed schools especially in the steep mountain towns. Because it rarely snows there, communities are not equipped with snowplows or snow tires and they just have to wait for it to melt. Some mayors told their towns to shelter in place, stay indoors and called in (more…)

First snow

January 17, 2016

Tags: palermo, snow, mountain, La Zisa, arab-norman, palace, mountain, cold, sicily, 2016

The first really cold days of 2016 have hit Sicily and the snow is sticking to the mountains that ring Palermo.

Vermont

February 25, 2015

Tags: vermont, snow

We've had more than seven feet of snow this winter, and no rain to ruin it.
White world.

Snow for New Year's Eve

January 1, 2015

Tags: snow, nevicata, palermo, sicily, sicilia, San Silvestro, New Year's Eve

A palm tree in an unusual snow storm in Palermo.
Front-page headlines on 1 January 2015. Snow on the beach at Cefalu`. Snow on the palm trees. Dirty city snowmen. Only two snowplows in all of the Madonie mountains. Photos sent in to La Repubblica by its readers at this link:
http://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2015/01/01/news/maltempo_ancora_disagi_in_provincia_le_foto_dei_lettori_raccontano_la_neve_in_sicilia-104146809/#gallery-slider=104142503

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