Welcome children to the space dedicated to you and your questions, thoughts, ideas and philosophical reflections. From today, my little philosophers, we continue a path interrupted some time ago and we do it with a topic that concerns us all closely: friendship. As good thinkers, we are not satisfied by the obvious but, as detective as we are, we investigate trying to discover the reasons and causes of any phenomenon, from the most simple to the most complex: after all, philosophy means love for knowledge and wisdom. That is why we will deal with this topic. Are you ready to answer some questions but above all to reflect on them?

What value have your friends and what kind of friend are you?

Many philosophers have already addressed this topic in the past. One of these was the Stagyrite Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) who spoke of it in the Nicomachean Ethics. We will get to know this wiseman better in the future when we talk about logic and science. For now, you have to know that he studied…. everything (he was in fact a polymath) and therefore also friendship.

It was Aristotle himself who uttered a thought on which we will be able to linger a little. He states that there are three types of friendship: friendship based on pleasure; friendship based on interest; friendship based on goodness (from Arist). So according to this, there could friendship for fun (therefore temporarily) or for interest (if you want something from another person).

However, trust, respect and affection are the bases of a solid and true friendship, which he speaks about at last, aren’t they? So I ask you: do you become friends just to have fun, to get something in return or for affection? How do you relate to your friends?

Maria Domenica Depalo


Buone vacanze a tutti!

Buone vacanze a tutti!

Fuoritempofuoriluogo va in vacanza. Ci vediamo a gennaio per nuovi e interessanti articoli.
Buon Natale e buon anno! Nel frattempo, godetevi i nostri “vecchi” articoli.
Fuoritempofuoriluogo is on holiday. Stay tuned! We will be back soon! In the meanwhile, read our old articles and Happy Christmas and happy new year.
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Shoes for kids and their stories

Shoes for kids and their stories

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What do they hide? Who do they belong to? Write their possible story and send it to me. You can click on ‘email’ of my Instagram profile ‘fuoritempofuoriluogo’ . There’s no imminent deadline. At the moment. 😉 I will read your stories and publish the best in my blog.
Cosa nascondono queste scarpine e a chi appartengono? Scrivete la loro possibile storia ed inviatemela cliccando sul pulsante ‘email’ del mio profilo instagram ‘fuoritempofuoriluogo’ . Le migliori storie saranno pubblicate sul mio blog. Niente paura: non c’è alcuna scadenza imminente. Per il momento. 😉


How to learn a new language

How to learn a new language

Nothing is impossible or Nihil difficile est: I believe that these two expressions could represent in the best way the European Day of Languages that is celebrated every year the 26th of September.

Why do we decide to learn a new language or to improve another one we studied some years ago? There could be many other reasons.

Knowing a new language can help you to express what you need or feel when you are abroad. But personally I love exploring new grammar rules, etimologies and particular “strange” expressions or idioms because they are one of the best ways we have to know cultures, traditions and other types of life different from ours.

But let’s try to discover the best ways to learn a new language. Remember: the first thing to possess is curiousity. Without it, everything will be more difficult to realize.

Here you find the rules:

  1. Choose the language to learn or improve;
  2. Try to find the clearest grammar book. It’s necessary to know the rules. If you don’t know them, it could even be difficult to buy an apple or take a coffee;
  3. Listen! Listen to music or watch videos in the language you have chosen. Try to repeat what you listen;
  4. Do exercises, a lot of exercises. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: they are the best ways to learn and improve;
  5. Use internet to read news or to follow your interest in the language you want to learn.

But, moreover, never give up. Everyone has a personal time. Don’t run, procede slowly and gradually and you will get your target.

And you? Which language would you try to learn?

Viel Spass! (It’s German)

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Maria Domenica Depalo

I colori della fede: tra arte e spiritualità

I colori della fede: tra arte e spiritualità 

La suggestiva cripta della Concattedrale S. Maria Assunta di Giovinazzo ospita una straordinaria mostra ricca di fede, bellezza e suggestione, intitolata ‘I colori della fede’. Realizzata da Iolanda Dambra, essa si nutre di colori vivi e vivaci, nonché di parole e pensieri ricchi di una profondità di pensiero non comune. Colpisce sicuramente il contrasto tra l’antichità della cripta e l’esplosione di colori delle opere che rimandano ad uno stile ricco di energia e passione. Non perdete l’occasione di visitare questa mostra. Avete tempo fino al 25 agosto.

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The colours of faith: between art and spirituality

The evocative crypt of the S. Maria Assunta Co-cathedral in Giovinazzo hosts an extraordinary exhibition rich in faith, beauty and charm, entitled ‘The colors of faith’. Realized by Iolanda Dambra, it is characterized by vivid colors, and by words and thoughts rich of an uncommon depth of thought. The contrast between the antiquity of the crypt and the explosion of colors of the works are connected to a style rich of energy and passion. Don’t miss the possibility to visit this exhibition. You have time until 25 August.

In the meanwhile, look at some the photos of the event. For other photos, visit our Instagram page #fuoritempofuoriluogo.


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Maria Domenica Depalo





After the Van Gogh Alive – The Experience, the suggestive Teatro Margherita di Bari will host a new cultural event: the World Press Photo, defined as the most important exhibition in the world of photojournalism (from that you will be able to appreciate from 17/05 to 23/06.

The Dutch World Press Photo Foundation, founded in 1955, has organized this exceptional exhibition that expresses the primary need to protect the right to information and truth.

In an era dominated by fake news, telling the truth through authentic images can guarantee the certainty and the authenticity of the transmission of what is real.

The Bari stage is part of a world tour that was born in Amsterdam, home of the foundation. In addition to Bari, the exhibition will involve a hundred of other cities around the world.

The photos concern many categories such as news, immigration, environment, nature and sport. In particular the exhibition will host the section dedicated to the competition digital storytelling (from This will give the possibility, to those who want to visit the exhibition, to admire the digital works realized with the contribution of video.

You can find the photos published in this article and other particularly significant ones clicking on:


Maria Domenica Depalo

The review of the month: “Festa di famiglia”

The review of the month: “Festa di famiglia”

“Always feel free to make your choices. So, if you make a mistake, the fault will be yours and no one else’s. “

Why are we starting the review with this sentence? Simply because I believe that it can express the authentic and deep meaning that lies behind the events described in the book. Events that belong to its characters but actually concern all of us.

“Festa di famiglia”is the story of a great friendship between women, of a bond that goes beyond the biological one and that perhaps for that reason is more precious because it is the result of a choice.

Andreina, Carlotta, Flora and Maria Sole meet every Thursday in the dining room of a restaurant in Milan, a city that is the background of their lives.

"Festa di famiglia" photo by ©MariaDomenicaDepalo

“Festa di famiglia” photo by ©MariaDomenicaDepalo

During their weekly meeting they can show themselves without hesitation. There is someone who is a successful lawyer, someone who is a loving wife and mother, someone who lives a love story and who is the head of a company. Apparently everything seems perfect but the surprises are just around the corner, ready to be lived.

I mention only two: an unexpected pregnancy and a separation. They are linked to the awareness of the authentic and original reason of one’s existence and to the need for authentic change. To give a new and different meaning to life.

Enjoy the reading!

Maria Domenica Depalo



If you are fascinated by the human body and the Vitruvian man, you can’t miss the Gunther Von Hagens exhibition dedicated to anatomy and death.


‘Uomo Vitruviano’ di Leonardo link:

Real bodies of real people donated to art stand out in an incredible and exceptional exhibition that can be visited until May 5, 2019 at Lambrate (Milan) in the Spazio Ventura.

Here you can find twelve sections, each one dedicated to an apparatus of the human body. You will be surprised by the relation between Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical studies and the authentic organs and bodies present in this event. After all, the research of the Italian scientist and artist is still a constant reference for scholars and lovers of medicine and art.

Among the sections of the exhibition there are those ones dedicated to biomechanics, comparative anatomy and immortality through the exposition of techniques that allow the conservation of bodies after death.

There will also be space for technology lovers as evidenced by exoskeletons, bionic hand and eyes, prosthesis, synthetic skin and nerves.

Don’t forget the sections dedicated to organs damaged by smoking, alcohol and drugs, in other words by incorrect and dangerous lifestyles.

I suggest you not to miss this evocative and provocative exhibition. Even if it seems to give space only to the final part of life, in reality it expresses fully the deep sense of preciousness, uniqueness and vitality.

If you have the opportunity to visit this exhibition, let us know what you think about it.

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Maria Domenica Depalo




“Ti dono il mio cuore”: the book of the month

“Ti dono il mio cuore”: the book of the month

Dear friends of fuoritempofuoriluogo,

after a very long and cold January, while I was wandering hypnotized among the books and novels of the “Feltrinelli” of Bari, finally I got it: the book that I had been looking for a long time. When I saw it, I could not resist the temptation to look through its pages and discover the story that now I want to propose you.

Simple in its language but at the same time so full of meaning, it has captured my attention from the first pages, thanks also to the delicate but meaningful images created by the Belgian illustrator Sassafras de Bruyn.

I’m talking about “Ti do il mio cuore” written by Pimm van Hest.

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“Ti dono il mio cuore” photo realized by ©MariaDomenicaDepalo

“All you need is here in this little box”. The story, intended for children but also suitable for adults, begins with two key words: box and gift.

The book is about a child, Yuto. One day he meets a wise and old man who gives him a box with a mysterious content whose presence will accompany his personal growth from boy to man.

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“Ti dono il mio cuore” photo realized by ©MariaDomenicaDepalo

But what is the content of that object? It is a heart-shaped seed that Yuto will have to take care of and to observe constantly in its growth.

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“Ti dono il mio cuore” photo realized by ©MariaDomenicaDepalo

Watching the seed growing with its rhythms leads Yuto to become a conscious and serene man, ready to welcome the beauty of the things and to accept even their losses.

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“Ti dono il mio cuore” photo realized by ©MariaDomenicaDepalo

The conclusion brings the reader back to the origins of the story and to the theme of waiting as an essential element in order to understand and accept what is destined to ourselves.

Enjoy this incredible book.

Maria Domenica Depalo

Il caffè (ita + eng)

Il caffè (ita + eng)

Sai cos’è un caffè? “È una scusa per dire ad un amico che hai voglia di vederlo”. Recita più o meno così una frase letta tempo fa on line che credo sia stata pronunciata da Luciano De Crescenzo.

L’odore, la fragranza ed il suo aroma avvolgente mostrano appieno l’essenza stessa dello stare insieme e della meraviglia della condivisione.
Immaginatevi seduti al tavolo, inebriati dal suo profumo, intenti ad assaporarne il sapore e la corposità, pronti (o meno pronti) ad affrontare una nuova giornata. Ogni cosa appare così più immediata e chiara, pronta ad essere vissuta appieno.

In un bar o al ristorante, il significato stesso del caffè appare ancora più pregnante. Circondato dalla molteplicità di persone, ognuna delle quali con il suo mondo interiore di desideri, aspirazioni e paure, il caffè è luogo mentale e simbolico di affezione e legame, pronto ad essere gustato.

E va gustato lentamente e senza fretta con un approccio riflessivo volto a coglierne la piacevolezza ed il suo intento primario in tutta la totalità. Quale? Realizzare l’amicizia.

E per voi che valore ha il caffè?

Maria Domenica Depalo

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