How I found my own version of Walden Pond while in Italy during the Covid19 pandemic and nation-wide lockdown.
The town of Monreale (meaning “royal mountain”) sits 300 meters above sea level, overlooking Palermo. The Monreale Cathedral, built between 1170 and 1189 AD, is considered the most beautiful church in all of Sicily. A unique blend of Norman-Romanesque architecture and Byzantine craftsmanship, with… Continue Reading “Monreale Cathedral”
Le Luminarie Residenza Creativa in Balestrate, Sicilia, has been my home for the last 11 weeks, through the most significant time in modern history. A refuge and a sanctuary. A respite and inspiration. My time here will forever be seared in my memory and… Continue Reading “Le Luminarie, My Quarantine Home”
I am not a fan of driving in Italy. That could change. Or not. Most of my life is magical thinking so, sure, it could happen. I might end up loving the way Italians drive. (But probably not.) “Live is either a daring adventure… Continue Reading “A Daring Adventure”
What do you do when stuck in a foreign country during a worldwide pandemic and your Schengen visa expires?
The flowers of Balestrate, in doorways and windows and front porches, lifted my spirits during Covid19 quarantine.
Home, in the most fundamental sense, is where are essential needs are met. During the Covid19 pandemic, many Americans are struggling to keep a roof over their head. Others are wrestling with what it means to feel safe. Where does the need for home fit within a struggling economy?
“My story starts where every man’s story starts: with mom.” Mom is our very first home. Every one of us began our lives in our mother’s womb. Here we were nurtured, fed, protected, and grew until we were old enough, developed enough, to leave… Continue Reading “Mom is a Metaphor for Home”
Enjoying the beach in Balestrate, Sicily, while quarantined for 8 weeks due to the Covid19 pandemic.