Meet Giuseppe Paternò, Italy’s Oldest Student to Graduate at 96 Years Old #WATWB

Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in 2017, this month marks our fifty first opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath and myself, Belinda Witzenhausen. You can find us on social media on our Facebook Page and on Twitter under @WATWB.

Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow. ” ~Stephen King

I’m one of those people who has an extremely inquisitive mind and loves learning new things. For as long as I can remember I have always taken courses and workshops in order to learn, enrich and understand this journey called life. I love it when I see people passionately pursue learning no matter what their age or circumstances and succeed. Giuseppe Paternò is one of those people, he has become Italy’s oldest graduate at the age of ninety-six and has been awarded first-class honours in philosophy from the University of Palermo in Sicily. “It’s one of the happiest days of my entire life,” said Paternò on graduating. Due to the war and poverty Giuseppe was unable to fulfill his dream to attend university in his youth, serving in WWII and working on the railroad until his retirement. Giuseppe still passionate to learn started off on his dream in 2017 when he finally enrolled in university. “Neighbours used to ask, ‘why all this trouble at your age?’. They couldn’t understand the importance of fulfilling a dream, regardless of my age,” says Paternò. Giuseppe worked hard and still has plans to write a book in the near future. Giuseppe is a role-model who certainly helps us realize it’s never too late to pursue our dreams, no matter our age! To learn more about Giuseppe check out the video below:


#NetGalley #BookReview Betrayal on the Bowery by Kate Belli (A Gilded Gotham Mystery) #Historical #Mystery


Betrayal on the Bowery

(A Gilded Gotham Mystery)


Kate Belli


Release date: October 12th, 2021


I received a complimentary ARC copy of Betrayal on the Bowery (A Gilded Gotham Mystery) by Kate Belli from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in order to read and give an honest review.

…Belli does a brilliant job with her compelling characters, intriguing plotlines and with rich historical details that transport you back to New York City in the late 1880’s…

Picking up where Author Kate Belli left us in Deception by Gaslight, her first book in the A Gilded Gotham Mystery series, Betrayal on the Bowery continues throwing Daniel and Genevieve into yet another set of mysteries to solve. The book opens with Genevieve and Daniel seeing off their newlywed friends, Rupert and Esmie’s off on their honeymoon cruise to Europe. When a blood curdling scream follows as Esmie goes below deck, Daniel and Genevieve know that something is terribly wrong with their friends. Racing aboard they find the body a young man who had burst into their stateroom deathly ill, rambling warnings to Esmie about demons before collapsing at her feet. Trying to check for signs of life Daniel rolls him over but he has died. While searching his pockets looking for identification, he finds what he believes to be a coin before absentmindedly pocketing it as the help arrives. It is later realized that he was a former hopeful suiter from Esmie’s past making Rupert a prime suspect in the suspicious death.

Once off the ship Daniel realizes the coin is not a coin but a medallion from a bar called Boyle’s Suicide Tavern a brothel with a deadly reputation. With the lead detective, seeking revenge after the events of Deception of Gaslight, his sights focused on Rupert, Genevieve and Daniel must fight to prove Rupert’s innocence. When a second young man dies in the same manner and with the disappearance of a socialite it appears that they may all be connected. When the clues add up to something much larger than they thought they realize they’re in for the fight of their lives. There are so many twists and turns with clues leading them to haunted mansions, seedy brothels, and dark alleys, they risk it all to save the missing heiress, and clear their friend of murder.

Kate Belli does a brilliant job with her compelling characters, intriguing plotlines and with her rich historical details she transports you back to New York City in the late 1880’s. I love this series and cannot wait to read more of Genevieve and Daniel’s adventures.