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

194 young Africans saved and arrived at Trapani

April 18, 2015

Tags: imigration, sicily, africa, trapani, tripoli, gommone, rafts

They left on two rubber rafts from Tripoli but they came from Senegal, Nigeria, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Siera Leone and the Ivory Coast. All men but for one woman ho had married her husband, who accompanied her, this year. The immigrants were piled on top of each other in the (more…)

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…)

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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