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

Grotta Regina on Capo Gallo

July 15, 2016

Tags: grotta regina, temple, capo gallo, monte gallo, mondello, palermo, prehistory, art, cave art, cave drawings, shepherds, pippo locascio, guide, studioso, protector, teacher, cherish, defend, spread the word



Exactly 30 years ago Pippo LoCascio, a learned man, took me as part of a group to the top of Monte Gallo and showed me La Grotta Regina, the Queen Cave where Phoenicians worshiped their goddess. Thirty years later, Pippo LoCascio still leads groups up the mountain to teach them about their own heritage. It is awe inspiring. I lost ten pounds the first time I made that climb. Video from a staunch La Repubblica reporter.

The Temple at Segesta

March 19, 2015

Tags: temple, segesta, trapani, sicilia, sicily, vacation, sisters, wonderful



In 2006 I invited my sisters and a couple of close friends to join me in my Bue Marino rental house in a tufa mine on Favignana for the 20th anniversary (more…)

Opium Poppy

May 8, 2014

Tags: opium, poppy, flower, drug, sicily, palermo, sferracavallo, paleogeology, archeogeology, temple

Dr. Francesca Mercadante shoots an opium poppy
Archeogeologist Francesca Mercadante, of Partanna Mondello, photographs an opium poppy growing in someone's driveway garden in Sferracavallo, a fishing village quartiere on the north side of Palermo. Dr. Mercadante said that a vase found at a Greek temple in Sicily had vegetation depicted on it. One decorative illustration, for many years, had been misinterpreted (more…)

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