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Free ThinkingMindfulness

Take Control of Your Day to Gain More Independence

Imagine Joe, an average guy with a regular office job. His day starts with waking up to an alarm. He hits the snooze button two, sometimes three or four times, leaving him late for work...

Free ThinkingMindfulnessSelf-Reliance

Five Steps to Getting Your Day off to a Good Start

You've probably spent the better part of your life pursuing success, but we can't change this eternal truth: The best things in life are (nearly) free...good health...time with loved...

Free ThinkingMindfulness

Think for Yourself in This Time of Change

The Brits are divided over it. The Americans are celebrating it. And the French, Dutch, and Italians (among others) are at last considering it. Can you smell it, Dear Reader? Independence, in...

Free ThinkingMindfulness

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