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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 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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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...