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Free Thinking

The Idea of Freedom

When British armed forces surrendered to the American revolutionaries after the Battle of Saratoga, in 1777, Sir John Sinclair is said to have commented to the moral philosopher, Adam Smith...

Free Thinking

Don’t Let Politics Get Under Your Skin

"I can't bear to think about it," the lady said, clearly exasperated. "It's just so disturbing. To imagine this candidate actually becoming president. It's...it's unspeakable." Your editor was

Free ThinkingTravel

Cultivating a New Life on Island Time

"Is this the only place you can get Chinese food in Syracuse?" We put the question to the owner of a nearby take-out joint here in Sicily last night. Her modestly decorated, though well-located

Free Thinking

Join the Sharing Economy to Save More and Work Less

We're setting out across the island today, so we've no time for lengthy musings. Regular readers will recall that we tried this journey once already earlier in the week...only to have our rental

Free Thinking

Who Needs a Super Yacht?

"Do you think the guy with the smaller one suffers from 'yacht envy?'" The question was posed by your editor's wife...to your conspicuously yachtless editor. We looked out over the water, from

Free ThinkingSimple Living

Fertile Valleys and a Thumbs-Up to Politics

Lucretius, the old Roman poet, might've been onto something. Truth... simplicity... contentedness... and a sincere appreciation for the real "nature of things." His major work, quoted above, is

Free ThinkingGeographical Independence

Uber, Escargot, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

You're not going to believe this, dear reader...but the unions are on strike today in France! Yes, yes...it sounds unlikely. We couldn't have imagined it ourselves. But there it is, right outside

Free Thinking

Swapping Bland Functionality for La Dolce Vita

We've come to awaken our senses, dear reader...to stir our soul to action...to bathe in the waters that time forgot... Oh, and to check out some cheap digs! (More on that in upcoming

Free Thinking

How Much Are You Paying for Your Freedom?

We're in the "Paris of the North" this week, sometimes referred to simply as "Paris." The weather is overcast, but mild. The attire austere, but unaffected. The waiters curt, but efficient (at