Some kind of Italy: Mario, Jacopo and the cherry tree.


Inclined as I am to a chronic indolence, I should enjoy those Italian moments, by my own, by my parents-in-law, by the shadowy side of the green, while I am eating cherries.
And I do enjoy them (moments ans cherries), with a sort of intimate delay (should I say I did?), writing down disorderly sketches of my Italian journey.

A different inclination, more courageous, endured the cherry tree since 1994, when a tremendous lightning – out of a memorable storm – hit its log.

Grandpa Mario planted the cherry tree when Cristiana, first of his six grandchildren, was born. Mario, ninety years old, gently and slowly is now heading to his tree, to me and Jacopo, his great-grandchild.

Walked by his daughter, with the aid of a cane, a bit stooped and with humid blue eyes, Mario is looking at Jacopo, somehow lost in his thoughts… thoughts, we can only guess.

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Appeal of students, researchers, professors and Italian citizens to salvage their own fundamental rights

To the Representatives of European and International Political Institutions
To European and International Media

Dear Sirs,

As you may have heard in the past days, the future framework for Scholastic and University Institutions in Italy is being decided. Institutions which are at the basis of the social,civil and cultural structure of every democratic country. They are the key tools necessary for economical progress and social mobility, as well as cornerstones of international competitiveness in a globalized world. Continue reading