Italian Towns at Sunset
Having moved to the Arizona desert a couple of decades ago, I’ve learned a little of the history here. I even wrote a Western historical many moons ago that Kensington published. The story was set in Phoenix, in 1880, when the population was 2000. (We’re now at 4 million, at least during the winter when the Canadians arrive.) But what struck me, having lived only in southern California and in Arizona, is how thin our history is compared to Europe.
I did have a UK resident tell me I was not valuing the history of our land here in the western United States. Perhaps not. But having traveled in Europe, from which all my various ancestors have come, what I come back to time and again is how so much history has passed through all the towns, villages and cities. If you go back 4000 years — granted, the European landscape looked very different than it does today — you would find all kinds of ruins and excavations. But in my part of the world, you might find the remains of a saber tooth tiger and a few ancient tools in a handful of caves here and there.
So, it’s no surprise that I’m drawn to Europe. And when I come across a series of photos that I’ve called Italian Towns at Sunset, my mind begins to weave a whole bunch of stories about these towns: Who were the first people to lay the stone foundations of these communities? How long ago did they live? Were they Etruscans? Romans? Greek immigrants? How many wars have these small towns seen? What was their commerce like over the centuries? The millennia? How many children were born here? How many young people got itchy feet and left? How many stayed behind to raise families, to grow old and to eventually be buried in the local cemeteries?
Then of course, as a writer, I’d want to tell the story. When you see photos like these, of a distant land with a long history, where does your imagination take you?
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