Sunday, January 4, 2015

"Zurigo e l'Italia"

For information on this new book please go to:
http://www.librizziacolori.eu/gatani/expo/zurigo_e_l%27italia.htm 

Tindaro Gatini is from Librizzi!

Friday, January 2, 2015





This beautiful photo of Librizzi under a dusting of snow was taken by my cousin Melo Rifici.
(For a larger view, please click on photo)

For a fantastic video of Librizzi under the snow,  taken from a drone by Michael Arlotta, please go here:


Friday, December 12, 2014

Italy has a long history of setting up Presepi at Christmas time, both at home and in public places. I just finished reading an article in the "Italian Notebook" which I find interesting and hopefully you will too.

The article titled 'Presepi in a Presepe' and is written by GB Bernardini. It is about the Presepi in a very unusual town called Artena. Artena is near Rome in the Lazio Region.



The above is one of the Presepe in the town. The sign says "We will be back soon, Joseph and Mary.
I love the humor!

Read the article and see lots of photos here:

Link

FELICE NATALE A BUON ANNO NUOVO A TUTTI.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Today is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

In honor of this special day I present to you Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia. Elena was the first woman in Europe to graduate from a University. She studied and received her degree from the University of Padua, Italy.

Elena was born in Venice on June 5, 1646. Her father, a wise man in my opinion, wanted his daughter to be educated (a novel idea for those times). Elena was an avid learner, could speak several languages, was fluent in Latin. While at the University she had sought a degree in Theology but the thinking of the times did not allow women in the field of Theology. The degree conferred on her was a Doctorate of Philosophy, she received it on June 25, 1678. It is reported that 30 thousand people showed up for the graduation ceremonies which took place at the Cathedral. Records show that her acceptance speech lasted three hours and was given totally in Latin. Elena died a young woman at the age of 38. The date was June 25, 1678.

Vassar's Thompson Library honors this fabulous woman with a beautiful window which tells Elena's story.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013



 A Christmas poem by Francesco Politano

E’ nuovamente Natale

E’ nuovamente Natale
nelle case e nelle vie del paese.
C’√® chiarit√† d’azzurro nel cielo,
quiete di terra tra gli alberi
e un abbraccio infinito d’onde.
                           Francesco Politano

Buon Natale a tutti!
Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Francesco Politano e la sua poesia

Francesco Politano from Amantea, Calabria, is my cousin’s husband. He is a poet, essayist, teacher for over thirty years. As a poet, he has received a number of awards, and has published several books of poems. The following are the titles of some of his books:’ Il rumore del silenzio’; ‘Le parole, gli anni’; ‘Nel bosco dei palazzo’; ‘ Nell’atelier del cuore’; ‘ Il fruscio delle cose’. His poems have been translated into Spanish, French, and English.

Francesco’s last book has been published in both Italian and Spanish. The titles are: ‘Il fruscio delle cose’ in Italian, and ‘El murmullo de las cosas’ in Spanish. My interpretation of the title is ‘The Whispering Of Things’.

In this last book he has included a poem dedicated to me, and one dedicated jointly to my husband and a cousin in Italy.

In his poems Francesco looks for meanings beyond the superficiality of things/people, tries to find the roots/core of meaning. He looks for ties between present and past, youth and old age, animals and inanimate objects, internal and external situations. His verses are usually narrative and descriptive, characterized by conciseness.

1. Poem dedicated to me, in Italian, Spanish, and English. The English version is my rendition, hopefully the author will forgive me if I missed the gist of the poem.

La Cugina Americana

“E’la fantasia piu’ grande
La realta’ della vita”,
nel suo blog la cugina americana
dice agli antichi e ai nuovi amici.

La Prima Americana

“La fantasia mas grande es
La realidad de la vida”,
dice en su blog la prima americana
a los antiguos y a los nuevos amigos.

The American Cousin

“The biggest fantasy is
That life is real”
Writes the American cousin in her blog
To old and new friends.

2. Poem dedicated to my husband and our cousin Carmelo:

Fred e Carmelo

Fred e Carmelo, fotoartisti d’oggi.
Respingono il banale
Cercano d’afferare
Il profondo splendore delle cose.

My translation into English:

Fred and Carmelo

Fred and Carmelo, today’s photo artists.
They reject the ordinary
Attempting to grasp
The profound splendor of things.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH COUSINS FRANCESCO AND MARIA. FRANCESCO, YOU HONOR US WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL VERSES. WISHING YOU LOTS OF SUCCESS WITH THIS NEW BOOK.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Please help in the restoration of the Statue.


Restauro della statua secentesca di S. Michele Arcangelo di Librizzi. Contribuisci anche tu!








Please make a donation to help in the restoration of the historical statue of S. Michele Arcangelo in Librizzi. Thank you.