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Ryan: How Did We Not See This?

Today I had a closeup encounter with a heron during my morning walk. Herons are notoriously shy birds, so I’m usually disappointed when they fly away before I can get close enough to really look at them. For whatever reason this heron gave me t

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Kim: Happy 101, Gram!

Today, August 21, 2019, my Gram would have turned 101. She lived to be 95, and she's the inspiration for the Enjoy-Your-Life journey that brought me to fasting (and motivated me to write Unmired). That has her on my mind, but she is never far fro

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Kim: Almost Got It

I spent this past weekend at the family camp. It was a damp, overcast weekend, far from ideal weather for August in Maine, but it was lovely. The camp is full of knotty yellow pine and the nostalgia that comes with any place that has changed little

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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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