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Raw Salmon and the praise of lightness

I am back from the swimming pool, I feel good, I feel light, I feel satisfied. I walk with a more confident step, lighter than usual, the  swimming bag on my side holding me back with its weight, bringing me back to earth and, by contrast, making me appreciate more the lively dash I feel in my legs. I get into the car, turn on the radio and on the way back home I search for a song to inspire me, something cheerful, light, not to burden my mood but to put wings to my thoughts and my dreams.

Everything I do brings me back to this word, a concept that goes far beyond its literal meaning: lightness. Vague memories from high school bring back from the mists of time the first chapter of Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Calvino*, Lightness.

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Citrus Jelly

Until recently, jam and preserving time was the late summer. Big baskets of warm and fragrant fruit, thin-skinned and glossy, sweet and full of good premises. Peaches, apricots, plums, but above all there were blackberries, queens of jam, picked one by one from the brambles down the field, one in…

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