Cool When Hot!!!

Giussy's CatCool for me? Being warmly welcomed at Isabella Cataldo Scuola de Ballo Dance School in Sava, Italy, participating in a Zumba class with a 17 year old “hammer” instructor, Damiano, then being allowed to choregraph two pieces for a group of young dancers, then invited to perform at the school’s dance concert!  A BLAST!! Not bad for a 58 year old cancer survivor!  Put a big smile on all of our faces!!  2)  Learning the Pizzica in Fragagnano and inflecting my interpretation that included rolling/dancing on the floor..Another BLAST!:-) 3. Together with hubby, envisioning the transformation of an abandoned and deteriorating farmer’s stone sun relief abode cradled by olive trees, painstakingly and passionately actualising the project(took us three years)) and now, God has accepted and blessed our remix:  We remain true to the intrinsic rhythm of the countryside by the usage of tuffo stone for our home construction, an Albanian constructed barrier stone wall using stones from the countryside, the production of our own extra virgin olive oil(the olives fall into properly placed netting), and we frequent local farmer’s markets.   What a piece of paradise( We are blessed!) 4)  Observing the artistry of a genuinely talented Giusseppina Foggetti of ArteLù Di Giusy Foggetti of Manduria.  Giussy has stepped into the world of authentic frame making and lifted it to another level.  Original and breathtaking artistry.  Giussy’s tour guide talents emerged when she revealed her historical knowledge of Manduria, then exposed us to some of the gems of Mandurian culture, including the visit to “Fonte Pliniano” di Manduria, (the Fountain of Pliny, the Elder), from which an almond tree flourishes from an endless well.  After I descended into the cave,  I stepped into the waters(Legend has it that pilgrims voyaged many miles to submerge into the healing waters).  I recalled a similar spiritual feeling of being baptised in the waters during my first baptism in my southern baptist church of Lenoir, North Carolina. 100% positive that this water experience, among other experiences,  assisted me with my victory against bone marrow cancer.  5)  Sant Maria di Bagnolo, the XVIII century Abbey of Uggiano Montefusco, a deterioating, yet exquisite place of respite, a place where i frequent regularly to pray.  This abbey was dedicated to an angel named Grace.  She is still vividly  present.   6)  Giusseppe, a country farmer,  who works from sun up to sun down and gifts us with freshly picked pommodori, zucchini, zucchini flowers, figs, lemons, red and white onions.  A true reflection of one of God’s angels at work.  7)  La Locanda di Antonvito, Manduria – Restaurant …Exquisite Puglian cuisine, the plates never stop coming, the fava dish is scrumptious.  8) Getting past my fear of snakes-I’ve seen a few -Coluber viridiflavus-black snake-our veterinarian friend swears it is non-venomous.  Okay, I don’t really smile, but I don’t run anymore:-)  9)Decaf cappucino, cherries, watermelon, panzerotti and patient doctors when I have suffered sunstroke and dehydration.  * 10)  Serendipity, chance meeting another American singer, Fawn Tolson, in Grottaglio, at an archery lesson.  How cool is that?IMG_4062 Cool when HotIMG_4030FullSizeRender 5Jumping over my fear of snakes..well, yeah, jumping! IMG_3995IMG_4034Raphael, our archery instructor. IMG_3785Giussy, in her shop in Manduria, and in her kitchen, serving up authentic Puglian cuisine.

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Midnight Apricot

IMG_3960IMG_3964Midnight ApricotIMG_3955Apulian treats,

especially apricots,

embrace Apulian heat..

at midnight, when you may still be hot.

Calms the palate

when one’s desire is more than salad.

And in the a.m. apricot pie dates cappaccino

initiates a poetry flow.

Poetry and Photography by Anna Greene Dell’Era

All rights reserved.
A shout out to #nataschaskitchen for the recipe!
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90 FINE!! (Happy Birthday Tribute to Extraordinary Octogenarian Dance Teacher OTHELLA DALLAS)

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Lord, Do You Hear Me?

LORD,

You must be tired of the black mamas/papas wails of grief
Ricocheting off streets of black concrete.DSC00017

Chaos unisoned
in conflicting waves
Skeletons of past discord
Rattling as the war is waged.

Lord,

You must be tired
Of seeing black hands against the wall
Up in the air
Bodies fall
Blood seeping into ground
Mingles with water
Recycled to quench thirst of murderer’s daughter.

Lord, you must be tired
That the puzzle’s still left undone
They still don’t get
That Jesus is your son.

Lord, I am tired
of seeing the same ol’ script
Today a gun
Yesterday, a whip.

Tired, yet unafraid
Because evil will not win…..

Watch it shrink and decay like a finished penis
and eat its own ejaculated sin.Divided but One IMG_1298cribs 108

JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN!

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Is that FISH?

That looks like Laurence FishburneIMG_1275

No, it’s Giuseppe Ungaretti,(1888-1970), the  late italian modernist poet, critic and essayist, born in Egypt and raised by a Nubian nanny who wrote the following poem, No More Crying Out, a poem which I feel,  reflects the present American social climate concerning the slaying of Black men by police.  This photo bears an uncanny resemblance to actor Laurence Fishburne, once, affectionately nicknamed “Fish”

No More Crying Out

by Giuseppe Ungaretti
Cease murdering the dead.
If you hope not to perish, if you
Want sound of them again,
Stop crying out, cease
The crying out of it.
They have barely heard whispering,
No more that the increase of grass
Happy where no man passes.

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Home….Wherever You Are

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WOMEN OF CHARACTER – MILON GREENE AND DONNA E. WILLIAMS

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY NIECE, MILON GREENE, NEW HARAMBEE QUEEN OF LENOIR, NORTH CAROLINA, AND MY AUNT DONNA E. WILLIAMS, FORMER LT. COLONEL IN USA AIR FORCE FOR HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THANK YOU FOR HONORING THESE TWO FABULOUS WOMEN!IMAG0978 IMAG0975 IMAG0976

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