Living in the Internet age, the experience of endless solicitation and sensory overload courtesy of electronic media has become the norm. Under a barrage of flashing images, articles, advertisements, etc., I find that I sometimes get lost in the hype for perhaps a second or two as I tend to skim or speed read information. My full interest and engagement with material floating in cyberspace tends to wane as a personal connection often does not exist.
So imagine my utter surprise when I encountered Times of Sicily online. Was it worth allocating any time to investigate? After reading a few articles, I had a definitive response, and it was an emphatic yes! Although I have always had a profound appreciation of history, culture, and the arts, this newspaper represents something for which I felt the desire to become a part of for personal reasons that I will share.
Although I am American, a New Orleans native now living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I am connected to Sicily and harbor a deeply rooted love for it. My family came to America from Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto and settled in NYC, which is where my father was born.
Because of who I am, I strive to see my family’s homeland recognized and appreciated by the world over for the beauty of its people and land. Therefore, contributing to this endeavor reflects a love of family for me. It provides a sense of connection that stems from the heart, and it is an honor to be a part of this venture.