Giorni Rossi

Today, December 8th, is a “giorno rosso” or “red day.” It means today is a holiday. While it has some pretty ancient roots, the expression, “red letter day” in modern times comes from the style of calendars where Monday-Saturday the dates are printed in black ink while Sundays and holidays are printed in red ink.…

Visiting Belpasso

The following post was written by a dear family-friend who came with her husband and son to visit me a couple of months ago. Visiting Hillary in Belpasso: It’s always a challenge to see a person head off on an adventure, whether it’s your child or one you’ve come to love. You pray for them,…

Photos From Sicily, Part 2

I hope you had a wonderful semester and wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Your friend and fellow photographer, Hillary *This post is specifically for the students in Mrs. Burdo’s FUNdamentals of Photography class at RVCS. You can check out some of their work here: LightnShadows.

Granita!

Summertime means it’s time for granita! Summer has officially arrived! Along with the extra-warm weather comes the perfect opportunity for me to share with you one of my favorite things about summertime in Sicily: granita! Granita is a semi-frozen Sicilian delectable. Think a much more flavorful and natural version of an Icee or snow cone…

On P-R-A-Y-ing for Half an Hour

The following was written by my dear friend, Michelle Ule. Over the course of the last month I have been looking for 31 friends and family members who would be willing to pray for me and for Italy for one half hour, one day a month, for one year. I hope eventually to have 62…

Back in Cali

Greetings from Sonoma County!     I hope the new year is off to a good start for you!     It is hard to believe I arrived home 3 weeks ago today! So far the transition has been surprisingly smooth. After staying a week with family, I am now living nearby with close friends.…

Buone Feste!

    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and wish you and yours a very happy new year!     Tanti Auguri!  (Best wishes!)          For those who haven’t heard, I will be heading back to California in just over a week. The hope is to be home for…

Shuffling Around

Ciao tutti! Salute di Catania (Greetings from Catania)! It is hard to believe June is here already! This last month has been a bit of a shuffle for me. I stayed with friends in Belpasso for a long weekend before moving in with a wonderful lady from our community group, Alba. This last week I…