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  A little over ten years ago, my friend, Mona, loaned me her copy of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. If you haven’t read it, it is a well-written story about her family’s adventures of moving to Virginia, growing their food, and a commitment to eating local. The stories...

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  I just had a conversation with my good friend, Amy Lang, about the abstainer vs. moderator dichotomy that Gretchen Rubin writes about in Better Than Before. Gretchen says, “for Abstainers, having something makes them want it more; for Moderators, having something makes them want it less.” When Gretchen’s book came out, Amy and I...

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  I have been thinking about abundance a lot lately. We recently sold our house in the Seattle area. Because of a few twists and turns in our plan to move to Chelan, we sold our house a year later than expected and ended up selling for more than I imagined we could. I’m so...

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I was six years old when we left Gaeta. We lived there from 1978-1980 while my dad was stationed on the USS Albany. Who knows how much of my memories are from pictures, family stories, or things I remember. Knowing we were coming to visit Italy, I talked to my parents about these memories. I have been trying to remember what I can that might not exist in pictures.

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Rick and I had an enjoyable day wandering through the National Gallery of Rome. Amongst the many, many sculptures, statues, and mosaic, somewhere on the second floor, I saw what was unmistakably a calendar.

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It has been three months since we moved into the cabin in Chelan. It feels like a long time, but at the same time, it doesn’t. Three months ago, the weather was HOT, Rick and I were excitedly settling into our tiny home, and our outdoor shower was novel. Three months later, the weather is...

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We moved to Chelan!!! Actually, we moved almost a month ago, but I wasn’t sure about sharing our new adventure with the world yet. Now that most of the visitors and tourists have left, it seemed like a good time to share our news. I call this property that we have owned for the last...

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My friend, Amy, and I started a tiny book club to read Gretchen Rubin’s “Better Than Before.”  Our book club was tiny because it was just the two of us and we were reading in small portions, one chapter at a time. We intended to dive deeply into this book that would help us form better habits through discussion, reflection,...

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  It’s finally happening! We’re in the final stretch of accomplishing a big milestone for ourselves, moving to our happy place in Chelan, Washington. This journey has been wonderful, and sometimes frustratingly, imperfect. It started with a weekend away during our first year together. We were staying at a cute bed and breakfast in the...