How DNA can unlock family mysteries

June 26, 2023
Who hasn't wondered where they are from? About their family history? Their ethnic background? About their DNA? This is the Sicilian town my mother's family is...

Sicilian scenes

October 29, 2014
  The first time I saw Sicily some 25 years ago, I thought, "Now I get why the San Francisco Bay area has always resonated for me."  Because the island of...

Sicilian dogs and cats

October 28, 2014
You can only imagine how much I missed my Riley. But Sicily was full of dogs--and cats--that seemed to always find the cutest poses.  This was one of two adorable...

Chocolate tasting in Sicily

October 27, 2014
How do you feel about chocolate? I'm a bigger fan of cinnamon. It's not that I'd turn a piece of chocolate cake down--oh no, I wouldn't! -- but if I had my choice, it...

The beauty of Sicily

October 26, 2014
Every turn of the head brought another example of the beauty of Sicily. Today, I'm sharing some of the prettiness I saw on my recent trip to Sicily, the land of my...

Spectacular Siracusa ruins

October 25, 2014
I love ruins and Siracusa, Sicilia is known for its ancient ruins of a Greek Theatre and Roman amphitheatre.  Screw the wine drinking--seeing the Siracusa ruins was...

Who do we have to *$&@#^ to get a dish of pasta around...

October 24, 2014
When I went down to breakfast the first day we were in Sicily, I saw this on a side-table. Cannoli fixin's, as we used to say in the South. They must be preparing...

Fourth century girls just wanna have fun

October 23, 2014
Women working out--sometimes I think we believe the concept was invented in modern times. It's true that my mother wouldn't have even considered it. Nor my...

In search of my Sicilian roots

October 22, 2014
It's easy to forget that I live in a new country, one with only a few hundred years of history. But where I'm from? Where my mother's family came from? Gratteri,...

Graffiti in Sicily

October 21, 2014
Where there is a blank wall, there is a need to fill it. Obviously, this need to make a mark holds true worldwide, and it seems to be any kind of mark, no matter how...

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