Longing

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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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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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Spilling My Words

It's been said that writers and artists cannot fail, that just becoming one is a success. Tell that to a starving artist denied a bank loan.

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Is Changing the World for the Better in Need of a Reckoning?

The cost of doing good and the myth that everyone pays their fair share and the richest pay the most.

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The Stuff of Lives

Since posting the story and image of the four bags we arrived in Sicily with, many people have asked if that’s all we brought from our previous lives in America, and after being told that it was in fact all we brought, they wanted to know what things did

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This is a Mistake

Reflection on Father’s Day It is always there, lurking, but fleetingly, as if the tendrilled remnants of some dream, or like a mayfly buzzing too close to the river’s dark surface—small, fitful, gone—no ripple of the dream from which even to rise, nothing to dream of

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Permanence

Why makes a thing last There are many questions that arise as one moves about the natural, architectural, and archeological wonders of Sicily. When did that thing come to be? Who created it? If in ruin, how did it get there? Why did it last for so long? The last

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Food for Thought

Gioacchino Rossini, the Italian composer famous for The Barber of Seville [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OloXRhesab0], wrote once that appetite is to the stomach what love is to the heart. If that’s true—and I have every reason to believe it is—then Sicily is both Demeter’

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Taking Stock

It begins months, maybe years even, before you are born. The great pursuit, acquisition and assemblage of stuff. To keep and grow it we build houses around it, attach garages and rent sheds to park it, pound nails in order to hang it, buy locks to secure it, and make

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Here With You

There is a lot of value in just cutting to the chase, saying what you have to say and then seeing how things go from there. After all, we all have shorter (and more ignitable) attention spans these days...So, here goes: In making that video, or really, even before,

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Why 30 Days Abroad Was No Vacation and Why Coming Back Was No Homecoming

The disposable gloves, the hand sanitizer and disinfectant, the blue surgical face masks (eventually replaced by colorful, but less effective [https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-we-need-to-upgrade-our-face-masks-and-where-to-get-them/] , cloth-covered ones), the fear of touching and the worry of not touching, the isolation and six feet of space and a good attitude were

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What the road says about longing and why we should listen.

While in Sicily we developed this habit of taking short videos from the passenger seat of the roads we were traveling. We had no intention behind it, other than perhaps we believed that this journey and our time alone together, on these particular roads, would lead us to somewhere special.