Lignum Draco, a street photographer in Australia  offers this week’s challenge: Share a photo that features H2O, the element of water.

A few years ago I visited Trapani. I still dream about the caldo freddo.



The velvety dark-chocolate topping slowly melts through layers of sweet cream to the coffee and hazelnut gelato underneath. At the bottom of all this, in the underbelly of the bowl, is rum-soaked cake. The generous-sized dish is topped with chopped hazelnuts. And it’s available day and night.

But Trapani is not just about the caldo freddo.  It’s about l’acqua.  The Tyrrhenian Sea spills around the rugged coastline of Sicily’s western edge, deep blue-green and as pristine as the South Pacific.




Nature is the art of God. – Dante Alighieri

Toni 10/9/16



Columnist and editor Doug Larson said nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days. For me, it’s all about the music.


Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past.

When I listen to the hits of the early Sixties, I get happy. Thank you, Pandora and Spotify, for the eternal soundtrack of my life.

My Guy

I read that our brains bind us to the music we hear as teenagers more firmly than anything we ever hear as adults.  And it’s a connection that doesn’t weaken as we age.

Psychologists and neuroscientists confirm that nostalgia isn’t just a cultural phenomenon. It’s a neuronic command.

OK, so maybe in retrospect, those high school dances weren’t roaringly impressive. The memory of them may fade but the sentimental blush of the music? Never.


What tune stimulates your brain’s pleasure circuit?

Toni 9/30/16


Henry Miller called Greece a joy too deep almost to be remembered.

Ah, the lure of the Aegean.

on the edge of the Aegean


We live at the edge of the miraculous.

Toni 9/10/16