December can be terrifying and peaceful. Reflexivity is at play. About ten years ago, it was the first time exploring the west coast. The frequent east coast rain is a reminder of the consistent weather patterns found in Seattle in January. A geography professor once commented that she made it a point to write down all that she experienced in the year. While material or monetary benefit were not visible, in her eyes, the family accomplished much. Measuring accomplishments and success are subjective.
Two years ago, Finding Patterns: Traveling Four Women’s Paths was published. Many came to learn and celebrate the four Italian immigrant women. The humanist rarely comes to write or type words for monetary gain—they are interested in telling a story. This project began as ethnographic research, and these women’s super-complex lives assist with adding to developing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary frameworks. To conclude the year and writing directly about the four women, this blog post is dedicated to the lives of the four women, as their spirits and words will live on through written and oral works—not in the same way that Shakespeare contends about his sonnets, but through a pragmatic and historical narrative. While the poem below is not a sonnet, it is a narrative poem that symbolizes the starting points and commonalities for the women’s lives. As the remaining three reach almost 90 years of age, let their lives be lessons as we embark on a fast-paced unknown future.
Title: “Farla caminata--To go for a walk”
When they each awoke, they were surrounded by green vines-
the white widows spoke in expressions and carried jugs of water on their heads while walking on the pebbled roads that lead to Rome.
But the fever for Italian colonies arose…
by the millions they emigrated not by using the hydroplanes in Lujan,
but it was the naval steamships that dropped them off and picked them up, and when they arrived, Lady Liberty greeted them, and made their dreams come true, not with a pen, but with a needle they embroidered a Roman stitch that anchored them in the home despite the piece meal work that led them on other migrations--vai!
Finally, all roads lead to their home where the patron saint is mounted by their sides. They honor the lives who ‘fare una passagietta’, while they store the horse drawn carriages that survived storms and wars.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of7G5wYxGxo (Click on the link to listen to the poem and the stories)
If you are interested in learning more about the four women, you can purchase Finding Patterns Traveling Four Women’s Paths on Amazon. Also, I have a few copies remaining, so please contact me if you would like a copy at a discounted rate. For those who are interested in cooking organically, there are several recipes for new chefs. “You have to be your own doctor” (Pasqualina Ruggiero)--know what you ingest. Also, I welcome your comments and feedback. Consider posting a review on Amazon as well. Please visit the Instagram page—some of the recipes and images from the text are posted at @Finding_Pattterns
Writing projects during 2019 will continue to utilize the super-complexity framework as it relates to writing and coping with grief and understanding women’s soccer as metaphor for ‘cultural play’. The Women’s World Cup is approaching—June, 2019 in France!
Happy new year!