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Kim: Adaptation

This morning I was at the river, surrounded by wildflowers, basking in warm sun and thinking about.....winter. It's inevitable. Late summer arrives and a bit of urgency rises up, pressure to soak up every last bit of heat, an irrational attempt t

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Ryan: Flip the Script

Today is a glorious summer day in Maine. Brisk temperatures overnight provided a little taste of approaching autumn for our morning coffee on the porch, but quickly gave way to high seventies with bright sunny skies. Perfection. It’s too nice a da

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Kim: Easy Delights

I've written lately about easy delights. Shauna Niequist encouraged being "easily delightable" and it aptly describes the way my grandmother lived. Simple pleasures, everyday joys: the concept is not new. But the combination of words struck me - ea

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Kim: Upon Closer Inspection

Where are my late-to-the-party nature lovers at??? As a kid, I didn't love nature or being outdoors.  It was too unpredictable - fluctuating temperatures and weather patterns, insects that bite or sting, plants that cause rashes, places to fall and

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Ryan: Dogs Days of Summer

I’ve been in school for my entire life.  From the first day of kindergarten through elementary school, middle school through high school, undergrad, then years of teaching high school English and getting a Master’s degree, to the present day, my l

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Kim: The Goldilocks of Self Improvement

So, I've kind of been on this 'self improvement kick' for the past few years.  After decades of being intellectually interested in self improvement, I started to act, employ strategies, change behaviors.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it's

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Kim: Blessed, Stressed, Obsessed....and the Rest

I was on my morning walk doing some gentle side bends and realizing, wow, I really don't have excess fat on my torso anymore.  Just defined oblique muscles right under the surface.  Remember those old Special K ads?  "You can't pinch an inch on me!

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Ryan: Battle Scars

Remember when you were a kid?  As winter approached, our parents warned us about picking up outside toys before it snowed, knowing that once a Maine winter really arrived, it could be months before we see them again.  I still remember pining for acti

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Kim: The Freedom Forecast

It's July, so in many ways, this is the anniversary of the "Super Shrinking Smiths."  Last July, based on a comment someone had made, I created a Facebook page to detail our story, and it ultimately led to growing an audience for a memoir-style book a

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Kim: To Contemplation & Beyond

I *love* the word Contemplation. I love the concept of contemplation. It's an introspective process, one where you take a thought or idea inside yourself and bounce it around gently to see if it settles in and fits. When I wrote Unmired, I called it a

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