News cycle seeps even into idyllic retreat



June 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

I launched an experiment last week: I tried to unplug from the tumult of President Donald Trump’s Washington and the Democratic presidential race.

For seven days, I resolved to stay away from Twitter and Facebook, watch no television, and see if the world felt any calmer.

OK, I cheated a little. My wife and I headed for the lakes of northern Italy. We stayed in an old stone house with no TV in a hilltop village without easy internet access. We couldn’t stay glued to Twitter if we tried.

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