Ryan: Unfinished

A couple of weeks ago I went to the library to find a good book to read.  I walked around the shelves, pulling out random selections based on nothing but the title, the font, the colors.  It’s my favorite way to find a book; it feels like letting the book find me. I signed out

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Kim: The Ultimate Treat

Who watched NBC’s Parks and Rec?  It famously added “Treat Yo’ Self” to the popular lexicon.  Two characters, Tom and Donna, had an annual tradition of spending lavishly to buy themselves gifts, spa services, and expensive treats for an entire day.  Treat Yo’ Self  embodies the spirit of over-the-top self indulgence.  In the world today,

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Ryan: What’s in a Couch?

Today I threw away an old green couch.  This might not seem like a big deal, but it meant a lot to me.   This couch was in my life for sixteen years. It was part of the package deal that included a wife, two children, a cat, a house, an instant family. The couch was

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Ryan: A Different Kind of Hoard

My latest TV guilty pleasure is multiple episodes of A&E’s Hoarders.  It’s a great show for binge viewing. Every episode follows a familiar formula, so rapt attention is not required, but each contains enough shocking imagery and pure human drama to keep me coming back for more.   If you haven’t seen an episode of

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Ryan: A Simple Marvel

A couple of weeks ago during our morning black coffee, Kim said to me, “So a lot of my friends are going to see Captain Marvel.  Why are all my friends wanting to see this movie?” Fortunately, I had the answer.  I took a deep breath, and for the next 15 minutes, I described the

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Ryan: Finally, a Plan for Real Men!

When I first tried to lose weight in my teens, I didn’t know where to turn for answers.  It was the era of the TV infomercial, and that market was dominated by women. Some were more knowledgeable than others, but most of them seemed to be selling colorful workout clothes more than solid weight loss

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