September 26, 2023 | Rome, Italy


“Got you, gorilla!” he‘d shout, or, more boldly, “Shalom!”



He anticipated post-modernism, the implications of AIDS, and aspects of the consequences of Jihad.

Il Pellicano, Daisy Corsin, Roberto Sció, Monte Argentario, Porto Ercole, Porto Santo Stefano, Caravaggio

Rock Of Ages

Michelangelo Merisi, otherwise known as Caravaggio, died on Monte Argentario, the rocky promontory north of Rome.

Verona, Arena, north Italian, Italian tourism

Arena Fever

Verona's Arena was built of pink marble with a façade of pink and white limestone from nearby Valpolicella.

Marilynne Robinson, Iowa, 1956, dying


It's Gilead as in Gilead, Iowa in Marilynne Robinson's saga of the 1950s and family torment.