THE PILL OF LOVE IN ENNA (SICILY)

These days there is an unusual exhibition in Enna. People with mental disabilities and behavioral disorders, and even someone with a physical handicap, exhibit their paintings, installations, and cribs in the civic gallery.

Quite often, those with mental problems are at the mercy of psychiatrists and neurologists who administer drugs. This way, they reach an equilibrium. However, the medicine can cure only the symptoms of the mental disease, not the cause. Once one stops taking pills, the disorder reappears.

Are psychiatrists able to administer the pill of painting? Of theater? Of music? Of friendship? The pill of love?

I do not think so! It is much easier to treat psychoses by medicine.

I am happy that now in my hometown there is a structure, called La Contea, which can distribute to those in need the pills of love. Through this kind of treatment, the so-called disable socialize, express their creativity, and learn to love.

Is art, music, friendship, and love more effective than treatment through drugs? I think so!

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

THE TOWERS OF ST. THOMAS AND OF THE CARMINE IN ENNA (SICILY)

According to the illustrious historian Paolo Vetri (1826-1891), Saint Elijah the Younger, who was born and lived in Enna in the ninth century AD and led the resistance against the Arabs, built both the Tower of St. Thomas and that of the Carmine. Indeed, their shape is similar. They dominate two picturesque squares.

Probably, Paolo Vetri wrote this way because he was influenced by the popular legend that linked the Tower of the Carmine to Saint Elijah the Younger.

Legend says that on moonlit nights some people saw the ghost of its builder, St. Elijah the Younger, wandering near the tower. Is the legend true?

I can only say that a few years ago the renovation works of the Church of the Carmine and the adjoining tower began. While the church was restored immediately and smoothly, the works in the tower suffered a setback. The builders did not finish their job and left the scaffolding, the pulleys and everything there. The mystery of the ghost of the builder of the tower, Saint Elijah the Younger, remains!

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

FRANCESCO PAOLO NEGLIA, A GREAT SICILIAN

Francesco Paolo Neglia was a musician and a composer. He was born in Enna, in 1874. Due to his passion for music, he moved to Hamburg, Germany, where he founded a music academy that was successful.

In Lugano, Switzerland, and in Istria, which at the time was an Italian territory, he founded two music high schools, also successful.

He also wrote the opera Zelia.

He proved that music is a universal language. Even though he was born in a small city, he stood out in Europe for his musical talent.

Every year, the city of Enna organizes an international music contest named after Francesco Paolo Neglia.

Music is an archetype in Enna. Many families want their children to learn music.

I did not escape the archetype, and at the age of sixty-three, I learned to play the piano.

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

EXHIBITION OF NATIVITY SCENES IN ENNA (SICILY)

It is said that St. Francis of Assisi gave birth to the tradition of the nativity scene.

In the past, in Sicily, almost all families used to make a nativity scene at home for Christmas. They then gathered around it and said the rosary. The Christmas tree and Santa Claus do not belong to Sicilian culture and tradition, for they have been adopted in Sicily in recent times.

The most beautiful nativity scenes are those in Caltagirone, a city in the province of Catania; but the living nativity scene of Sutera, a town in the province of Caltanissetta, is also worth mentioning.

These days in Enna, there is an exhibition of nativity scenes from all over Sicily. They are all beautiful, but if I were a member of the jury, I would award the first prize to the smallest one, for its originality. The artist made five nativity scenes using a coal-fired iron, a charcoal warmer, an oil lamp, a small wine barrel and even a water jug. After all, to be a true artist you do not need to create big, impressive things. You just have to be original!

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo