Agatha Prayed Louder

Christianity was illegal during Agata’s life in the early 3rd Century AD. So, when she refused the advances of the Roman prefect Quintianus, he arrested her and condemned her to a brothel as punishment. Having sworn herself to God, she protested participating in the activities of the brothel. As a result, Agata was thrown into…

Always Make Time To Dance

My time in Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, during this trip was packed with wonder, and even if it’s not officially a tarantella, 🎶 “Vitti ‘na crozza” gave me an opportunity to dance under la Fontana dell’Elefante, effectionaltely known as Liotru, in the Piazza Duomo.

Do As the Catenese Do

When in… Sicily… And today, more specifically, Catania… do as the Catenese do! Going deeper, as they say… So, yeah, I ate horse meat today. I know. I know. I normally don’t eat red meat or pork, but I am on a research trip, and in the spirit of an intrepid traveler, my Catanese friends…

Sicily’s Mount Etna Means Well

Sicily’s volcano Etna, pictured, has been displaying her power this week, both with eruptive activity and an earthquake, centered below the surface of the town of Viagrande on the south slope. Thankfully, the injuries from the quake were limited, and although there was damage to centuries old buildings in the village of Fleri, for example,…