VULNERABILITY or LEARNING TO CRY

February 12, 2018

In 2011 I was on vacation in the south of Italy with a friend. We were sailing on a small catamaran, there was a beautiful sun, a warm breeze and the peaceful silence that surrounded us would be broken only by the sound of the water sliding under the boat and the chant of seagulls….

AUTHENTICITY or FLAVORS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE

February 5, 2018

In existentialism, authenticity was considered the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality despite external pressures. When I was a kid, my family and I would often go to visit my Grandma’s sister who lived in the countryside. Her and my Grandma and had been raised in an orphanage run by nuns….

COURAGE or FACE TO FACE WITH FEAR

January 28, 2018

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela – Fear is a human feeling and we all have it, no one is exempted. Every time I was scared,…

EMPATHY or BEING A PROSTITUTE IN CUBA

January 24, 2018

It’s got to do with putting yourself in other people’s shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting. – Christian Bale – In 2005 I went to Cuba for a short vacation. Fidel Castro was still president by then and life for Cubans…

ABOUT #METOO #TIMESUP and A NEW ERA

January 15, 2018

1960s the Sexual Revolution was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships. Our ancestor probably felt so encaged by the rules that religion & society were imposing them that they felt that they needed more freedom of sexual expression. Cut to: 2018 After decades of sex scandals and sex driven advertising campaigns,…

THE DREAM

January 15, 2018

I left Italy with a dream. In a moment where Life had taken away so much from me. I had dreamed about America. I felt like the character of Novecento in Barricco’s novel. I had America in my eyes! What is a dream made of? It’s not logical. It had nothing to do with what…

LEARNING TO FLY

January 8, 2018

There are moments when I stop and look a bit back and a bit forward. I archive a part of my past and I set new intentions for the future. It’s always been like finding myself on the border of a cliff, in which I look around me and I realize that I’m just one step…

NEW BEGINNINGS

January 1, 2018

Here we are, 2018! I bet you all did your new year’s resolutions and expressed your wishes for the year to come.  I’m not a big fan of NYE and resolutions. It always sounds to me like I have to sort out an entire year in one night, commit to a set of self-imposed rules…

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Past, Presents & Future

December 25, 2017

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was one of my favorite Christmas tales as a kid. I used to read it every year or watch a Disney’s animated version of it. The lesson I got out of this story is that our past has determined who we are in the present, and our present determines…

XMAS MAGIC

December 18, 2017

I wrote this short story the year my Mom passed away and sent it to all my friends.  It was my Xmas gift to them and now it is my Xmas gift to you. I hope it will inspire you to believe in magic. The original Italian version follows the English one. — When I…

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