Purpose

Stories about ○ Money ○ Budgeting + Spending ○ Saving ○ Frugality ○ Work And anything else that teaches us life is better with less stuff

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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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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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The One on Saeculum

Etruscans, B Corp and climate change. What does any of this have to do with ending a long debate and lending a hand to the next generations?

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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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Staying Upright, Moving Forward, Part Three

The final chapter in our series of starting a business in Sicily shares how we are trying to stay in the zone despite a serious setback.

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Staying Upright, Moving Forward, Part Two

Exigent-ly Being Let Down This is Part Two of a series on moving and starting a business in Sicily. To read Part One, click here. Beacon, perhaps, gives the wrong impression. Especially now, considering the outcome and the image our first entrepreneurial experience in Sicily has brought to mind, which

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Staying Upright, Moving Forward, Part One

How to Pilgrimage For life to have meaning there must be purpose and ours was not simply to live in Sicily. We wanted to share it with others. Its rugged charm, its bronzed and untamed landscape, its culture, its breathtaking beauty. And so we had come with a plan. A

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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