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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 life has revolved around a traditional school calendar.  In my world, there is school…..and there

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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!” they boasted.  Well, now, on my sides….there’s no pinching an inch. 

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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 action figures or Tonka trucks trapped under snow and the glorious reunion

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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 about our weight loss journey.  That page is now called

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Ryan: Top Intermittent Fasting Tips for Teachers on Summer Vacation

Intermittent fasting is perfect for teachers during the school year.  We’re too busy and distracted to think about food too much. It releases us from the tedious need to pack lunch and schlep dishes back and forth every day.  It gives us more time to hit the bathroom and make photocopies. It’s awesome. But what

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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 Book of Contemplations for just that reason. However, within

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Ryan: Oh, What a Lonely Boy

My friend Jeremy and I have shared the hour long commute to our teaching jobs for twelve years.  Two hours per day. Five days a week. Nine months of the year. That’s a lot of airspace to fill.    For whatever reason, we never developed the habit of listening to music or audiobooks together, though we

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Ryan: Autopsy of an Angry Itch

Have you ever resisted the urge to scratch an itch? Really let yourself feel it? The next time you are hit with a really angry itch, don’t scratch. Be observant instead. Dissect the physical experience and notice everything about it. We’re so conditioned to eradicate discomfort that most of us think resisting an itch is

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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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