Trick Or Treat

For us Italians, Halloween is nothing but a monstrous carnival version. Vampire costume instead of Harlequin, witch make up instead of princess, candy sweets are eaten instead of chatter and pancakes, the game is soon done. But for the American community, Halloween is a serious business. Apart from the evening of October 31st, it’s all the excitement and preparation in the days before that I like. I believe it is linked to the memory of childhood that everyone carries within. For example, my favourite holiday is the day of the dead. Not for the meaning itself that of course is a bit sad, but for the child Maura. It was cold once in Italy (very cold, not like nowadays!) The

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The Moment, Forever

“Per sempre (forever) solo per sempre (only forever) cosa sarà mai portarvi dentro solo tutto il tempo (whatever will be bring you inside me just for all the time) per sempre (forever) solo per sempre (only forever) c’è un istante che rimane lì piantato eternamente (there is a Moment that remains eternally there” Luciano Ligabue   The brain, what a mystery. I wonder what snaps into our skull when we live “in the moment,” when we are so aware and present that everything becomes clear and clean, and that moment – beautiful, horrible, sometimes apparently insignificant, is so intense that it is sticks to gray matter and we can no longer remove it. Why then just “that moment” and not

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