Living Longer

Stories about β—‹ Food β—‹ Fitness β—‹ Rest β—‹ Nature β—‹ Planet And whatever else makes for a longer life

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Raccolta delle Olive

How Olive Oil Gets Made: Branch to Bottle in Under 4 days We had the incredible experience last week to help some friends in Troina with their olive harvest. Like many things in Sicily, it was a family affair and because these are very special people with very special ways,

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Meet Your New Neighbor, Food

There’s no question we need to do better when it comes to feeding a growing population. Kilometer Zero, a program started by the Slow Food Movement, has the potential to not only feed it but reshape the entire world.

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The Sword of St. Michael

Does one dog and this small monastery ruin outside the town of Troina hold the key to the Norman conquest over the Arabs in Sicily?

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Checking the Box

We began the blog, Without Envy, years ago to share our journey of raising a child with Type One Diabetes to live life to the fullest. We had no idea just how far the idea would take us.

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Time on our Hands

But what's the point? What is Time? I thought, as this is a story about time, we should start with what is Time exactly. I know, sounds ridiculous. But my email and web browsers (plural? wtf!) are chock full of essays and saved tabs questioning how we spend time on

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Water, Water, No Where

How Will We Live Without It? When I began my research for the story of water in Sicily, I had in mind a different sort of theme, one of selfish indifference, environmental disregard and unimagined consequences. After all what could be more telling of the situation here than a hurried

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Basta!

Enough with the garbage debate already! Continuing my post last week in which I started a series on things we've found in Sicily to be subordinate to the American way of life. This one begs the question, is it really? In previous posts my only consideration for what belongs on

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Out for an Aimless Walk

Many things shape our coming to Sicily, but one near and dear to our hearts is the incredible opportunities to get outside and take an aimless walk.

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Borders and Bureaucracy

Presenting a series on a few things we found in our move from America to Sicily that made us see red, and occasionally white and blue.

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10 Things We Found to be Very Much Better in Sicily

America is well-known as the land of innovation, but we’ve found here in Sicily a few things that seem to be of much more superior design.

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Lago Ancipa

A 12km hike around Lake Ancipa in the Nebrodi National Park of Sicily offers a wonderful, relaxing and often unpeopled trekking experience.

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Penso di Sì (I think so)

We'd done everything we could to be prepared so that I could swiftly and efficiently take up Italian residency. Why did this seem harder than it should be?