“We emerged from the forest and saw a m

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“We emerged from the forest and saw a most breathtaking site…
a series of lava fields, so smooth and round that they seemed to still be flowing, except that of course I knew they had literally turned to stone.

And off to one side, trapped between two enormous petrified brown slabs, was an entire forest of brilliant yellow and red poplars, beeches and birches.

I am sure that Mt. Etna is stunning every single week of the year, but you’ll never convince me that its autumn coat isn’t its most glamorous.”

– Therese Maggio

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The Soul of Sicily

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“Or maybe Sicily is a vortex that pulls some people in – a center of the universe, like the Omphalos at Delphi, a navel stone that connected some inner world to the outer. Here the bedrock hums with hidden energy. Sicilians use it to build their houses, churches and streets. Their lives saturate the rock, carving niches, and pooling in the voids. Like water, the people taste of the stone that contains them. Sicily is a hard place to leave.”
– Theresa Maggio, “The Stone Boudoir”