Purpose

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain

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Slow, Naive and Determined

Last week the New York Times ran an op ed titled Foodie Fever Dreams Can’t Keep Restaurants Afloat written by Vivian Howard, the chef and restaurateur behind Chef & the Farmer (amongst others) in Kinston, NC. Howard’s piece follows a bit of apparently “shocking” news regarding the impending closure

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Bardolatry

A decade ago this month, to begin the new year, I challenged myself to read, or in some cases re-read, one work of Shakespeare every month.

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Pickle or Paradise?

The year closes with our first Christmas holiday in Sicily, away from family, asking ourselves more than ever the question: Is this the land of our dreams or put us in the tightest spot.

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Top 10 Meaningful Moments of 2022

Because it’s been an eventful year, we thought we’d hop on the bandwagon here and share a few of our top meaningful moments of 2022.

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The Masters of Mankind II

And The Sinking of the Middle Class Last week, I began this long essay by using a 2nd grade level math problem as a metaphor to describe the manner in which our democracy has been taken over by the people who own society, or as Adam Smith described them in

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The Masters of Mankind

And The Erosion of Democracy In last week’s post about Food I mentioned three doctrines—shape ideology, redesign the economy, and marginalize the public—which I had handpicked from the 2016 film on U.S. democracy called, Requiem for the American Dream. In it, Noam Chomsky, one of the

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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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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.