Fishing For My Sicilian Heritage

Yesterday, I spent a heartwarming morning with Michelangelo Balistreri at the Museo dell’Acciuga di Aspra in Aspra (Palermo Province). It was a journey into my family history. Anyone with fisherman roots from Sicily’s north coast will appreciate a visit to this outstanding labor of love. Michelangelo and artist Francesco Maglio have created a beautiful tribute…

Serenade in Sicily

Last night our musician friends Ettore and Alfredo invited us to witness a pre-wedding serenade they were asked to perform. 100 friends and family came to listen and surprise the bride-to-be. Not the traditional intimate moment that has existed for centuries, but still, a wonderful night to be part of! Of course, the ballad “Nicuzza”…

Home Altars in Sant’Elia

Live from Sicily! This morning on my walk near where I’m staying, I took note of the home altars dedicated to the veneration of Our Lady of the Sorrows (La Vergine di S.S. Addolorata). Home altars such as these, built into the facades of homes and dedicated to various saints, are common all over Sicily.

Reflecting on Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below

Live from Sicily! Reflecting on Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below. What a joy it was to co-host this spiritual journey with wellness practitioner Tony Allicino! From experiencing The Trojan Women in Siracusa’s Teatro Antico to inhaling the sky at the Teatro Andromeda in Santo Stefano Quisquina to infusing our prayers into our…

Day 12 of Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Transformation

Live from Sicily! Day 12 of Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Transformation. The town of Salemi (led by Visit Borgo Salemi) displayed to us its rich culture of ritual bread making for San Giuseppe. The Azienda Cucchiara served us an outstanding lunch of products from their farm, including the freshest cannoli…

Day 11 of Experience Sicily Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Loving Kindness

Day 11 of Experience Sicily Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Loving Kindness. We started the day with an out-of-this-world cannolo. Got salty at the Trapani salt flats. Erice, the land of Aphrodite-Venus bewitched us with its panoramas and labyrinth of alleyways. In this sacred place, in the shadow of where a…

Day 9 of Experience Sicily Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Creative Minds

Live from Sicily! Day 9 of Experience Sicily Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below. With the help of Francesco, we explored the excentric mind of the Prince of Palagonia at Villa Palagonia in Bagheria. The estate’s hall of mirrors surprised and begged questions about the owner’s critical mind. Once in the vibrant center…