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Real Life Stories

THE AMERICAN DREAM OF

TOMATO BASEBALL CLUB

Little unwitting baseball heroes.

Those who play baseball are, in my opinion, in some ways special persons. Baseball isn't just any sport, it doesn't just form real athletes. Baseball forms particular men. Like Giovanni Tommasini. A baseball player and today a writer. He passed through that field with a particular shape called a diamond. The green grass, the red dirt; put on a helmet, hold the bat and you are about to enter the batter's box. You against everybody: on that little hill is the pitcher ready to challenge you; all around him, his teammates are ready to eliminate you if the pitcher fails to do so.Giovanni Tommasini lived it on his skin, he experienced what it means to slide on that red dirt to get to the base before the opponent's defenders could get you out.An email, a phone call, and I met Giovanni. After exchanging a word or two I immediately understood how much baseball is still part of his life. Then, when I read Tomato, his first story, I realized how special this Ligurian author is. All the beauty and magic of this sport can be found in his writings, getting inspiration from the birth of the team in the city of Sanremo up to the fabulous story of Alex Liddi. The first real professional Italian Major League player. From Sanremo.Tommasini’s are not just ordinary stories. With his quotes from great writers, composers and poets, he can make baseball a lesson of life. Baseball not only as a team sport, but like a real gym of life. In every position, from pitcher to catcher, from shortstop to the outfield, this sport has something to give.Tommasini writes about the pitcher in Nine Spearheads: “The trajectory requested by the catcher, a dock for the hitter; the bat meeting the pitched ball, the dreamed land on the new world.Heroes. We can be heroes, just for one day and forever”.From there the decision to publish on my website Baseballmania, because I believed right away what Giovanni was proposing me. No one in Italy ever wrote about the baseball the way he did. From the first stories, to those Giovanni wrote later on, something was born also from our exchange of ideas, like the fantastic tale about the life of Agostino Liddi. The origin of Alex Liddi.Then everything happened in a short time, because Tommasini’s tales fly fast, like the 90 miles fastball of a Major League pitcher. Up to this book which collects, like a single theme, all the tales of this great Ligurian writer. The first great baseball writer in Italy.Those who played baseball are special persons.When you will get to the end of this book, you will understand why.

 

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EMOTIONS IN WORDS

Emotive writing.

My story, a “writer by chance.” A deep reflection on the readers’ comments. “Its pages touched me”… My writing, your reading, routes covered together. A journey inside ourselves from our daily experiences always in search of a meaning, passing through the memories, to emotions. This is the story of a “writer by chance,” me, and my discovery of a method of expression. The text’s creation, which is present inside of us, that needs to be rendered in order to make our life experience a way to propose and follow.The emotive writing and reading. Giovanni Tommasini"An uncommon and curious setting that makes the tale, or the poem, intriguing; the whole book is a poetry treatise. I can’t put it down; it’s never slow or too descriptive.”"A ‘writer by chance’... yet not so fortuitous in the end: Giovanni Tommasini writes for all, using an experiential language full of his own past experience and rich in reflections, thoughts, translations of feelings. I recommend this book to those who want to ‘get in touch’ or meet again ‘with’ and ‘in’ a beautiful person.”

 

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AUTISM FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Cesare's Successful Story

 

Amazing, fascinating, one-of-a-kind autistic children often with a very high IQ who cannot, however, integrate into a society they reject and which they neither feel nor seem to want to be part of. Exhausted and socially isolated families that no longer know how to help them, but above that wonder what will become of their children when they "will no longer be there."How to help both children and parents? What is the best approach? But above all, what should and shouldn't be done to help them?The successful story of Cesare that Giovanni Tommasini, Educator, had, the profound analysis that the latter made along with Maria Teresa De Donato, Naturopath and Coach and the questions they both asked themselves while working on this book seem to open a breach in the mysterious world of autism, by identifying a different perspective that might be of benefit to all and allow those who are affected by it and whoever must confront this reality, be it a family member or an educator, to find the best way to help these differently abled individuals to live a life worthy of being defined as such and that can respect their own tempo and methods, but above all their uniqueness and full potential, and at the same time greatly lighten the heavy burden imposed on these families by this pathology.An engaging work, which will move and, in some cases, also elicit a smile in the reader thanks to a direct and immediate narrative aiming at describing a reality that, despite the plans made and the precautions taken, by virtue of its unpredictability and dynamism in manifesting itself, defies any control, giving life to situations that, however dramatic and difficult to manage, often have an unexpected humorous side.

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A Journey in our Star

Bridges for a new education.

 

In this book Enrica Piccapietra describes some of her experiences as a teacher. In the first years her students were children with problematic families, often having painful backgrounds. From her descriptions it’s immediately clear that she’s an empathetic teacher, with educational skills and an ability to communicate. At the base of her job, as described in this book, there’s the star diagram, created by Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis. To better understand the meaning of this diagram it’s important to say a few words about symbols in general: a subject often forgotten but one that’s important to keep into consideration any time it comes to education and training, as well as our social life. Symbols are an intuitive, effective, deep and immediate way to communicate; symbols represent subjective realities that would be harder, if not impossible, to describe with words. For example, sun is a symbol of light and warmth, sometimes also in the spiritual world. But the use of words to communicate that set of experiences represented by the sun for each of us isn’t necessarily recommended. Other examples: the vase or the cup can represent the containment of something precious and delicate to be protected and preserved. And it can also be a spiritual treasure. The font represents the purity of roots. The climb to the mountain, the ascent to the highest level of conscious. The sea, with all its secrets and mysteries, can represent the unconscious. Being familiar with symbols language is really helpful, because they’re the language used by the unconscious. Symbols help to evoke intuitions and direct psyche’s energies; so to set up our life, they indicate a direction and describing a way of being. Advertisement uses them a lot: but for its own purpose, at the service of profits and not always of human beings. Icons and logos strike everybody, especially children, and they represent a commercial use of symbols due to their capacity to influence human behaviors.For example, the big yellow ‘M’ of a famous fast food multinational is the first letter of the alphabet that American children learn to recognize. Luckily symbols can be used not only to sell, but also to educate and inspire. The structure of this book is based on a symbol: the star symbol that is also the base of a famous diagram created by Assagioli. Jung, his colleague and friend, talked about four psychic functions: sensation, emotion, thought, and intuition. To these, Assagioli decided to add, to complete the map of what we are, three other functions not included in Jung’s four: imagination, desire-impulse, and will. He represented them as a six-point star’s rays: each ray of the star is one of the first six functions. The seventh function, the will, directs them (or should) from the center. Will is the direct expression of the Self that, in turn, is represented in the center of the star. The star is a symbol of light, which shines in the darkness, that guides (like the Pole star) and also of completeness because its rays go in all directions. In human history various schools of thought, philosophical and religious leanings have stressed more this or that psychic function, sometimes also expressing perplexity and worries regarding the others.For example, desire/impulse has often been seen as dangerous or misleading; the imagination as source of unreality; sensations, that’s the body, like something heavy and obtuse; mind as arid and cold; emotions as deceptive.Assagioli’s perspective is different: for him, every function must and can be recognized and understood and then developed and regulated. This is an essential didactic and educational task that can last all lifelong. Instead, if some of the functions are not developed or are wrongly expressed, all our being is affected by it.

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