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Jan.14.2011
The power of "and"
When asked “what is your favorite non-profit organization,” I don’t even have to hesitate.  It might be because I work for a non-profit, but it is even more so that I am one of those rare people that have the privilege to align my profession with my passion.  Hands down, my favorite non-profit is...
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Jan.10.2011
Take it Slow
I am currently a woman in denial, training for the Boston Marathon.  I have qualified based on my Boston Marathon time last year, I have successfully registered for the 115th marathon (a feat almost more impressive than running the race itself), and this will be my third marathon ever.  For many, I...
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Jan.07.2011
The magic number
Today, a tweet went scrolling past my computer screen announcing that it was exactly 100 days until the 115th Boston Marathon.  Not too long after, I found myself watching today’s TED video with Neil Parischa, founder of the 1000 Awesome things blog and author of the bestselling book of the same...
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Jan.06.2011
Sarah Jazz
In the short days of winter, when the temperature drops and the chill seeps through our single pane windows, I find myself wishing I was the family cat.  Not any family cat, but our family cat.  Technically she is my daughter’s cat, but I’m the one she meows at when her bowl is empty or when she...
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Jan.04.2011
2010 mantra
Figuring out the appropriate way to say goodbye to 2009 was pure instinct.  The only way to close out that year of heartbreak and pain was to write a 2009 “Dear John” letter.  It was therapeutic, cleansing, and left me welcoming 2010 with a glimmer of hope.  And what a year 2010 ended up being. ...
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Dec.17.2010
I am not a fairy.
One year ago today, I wrote a blog post on aging and about being a woman living in a land in between the ages.  I quoted a line from the musical Peter Pan, channeling Neverland. In honor of that post, this is my perspective one year later. I am a fifty year-old Tinker Bell. My shortly cropped hair...
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Dec.14.2010
Wishing & Shifting
Dear Santa, I know that it’s been a while since I wrote you, 1967 I believe.  That year I asked for a typewriter.  You brought me a children’s typewriter.  It was blue plastic with white keys that certainly built up my finger strength, as each key required extreme force to make an impression or it...
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Dec.10.2010
It's always there
Some people spend their entire life looking at the ground.  They forget there is an expansive open sky, bending at the periphery wrapping us in its vastness.  Some people look at that same sky and get lost in the clouds, seeing faces and figures, and for some they find God.  They are the dreamers....
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Dec.08.2010
Feeling Lucky
I don’t know how people live with chronic pain. It saps your energy, it displaces your sunny disposition and it constantly reminds you that you are vulnerable.  A random, freak accident left me with a black eye, a bruised temple, and a laceration held together by glue.  It also quickly triggered a...
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Dec.05.2010
Household warning
I should be taking it easy, licking my wounds, and perhaps wallowing in my misfortune.  Instead, I am sitting upright, waiting for the ibuprofen to kick in and the adrenaline to wear off.  Today was a lesson in physics.  In college, as many failed the prerequisite physics trilogy for a pre-med...
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Dec.02.2010
A sign or an omen?
The question of the moment is, “Are you going to run the Boston Marathon?” I  still can’t quite believe that I ran the Boston Marathon last April as a qualifier just days after my 50th birthday.  Since it was my second marathon ever, I chalked it up to being a one-time wonder.  The planets must...
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Nov.30.2010
Badge of Honor
For thirty days I have pledged to post to my blog every day no matter what.  I wrote on Thanksgiving, I wrote when I was exhausted, I wrote in the snow, and I wrote after running a half marathon.  All it took was a promise, and at least thirty minutes every day.  There were some posts that I was...
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Nov.30.2010
Door to the neighborhood
In memory of Dr. Yasir Skeiky, our neighbor and our friend. These days we often don’t know our neighbors.  People work long hours, covet the time at home to connect with family, and have the illusion that we are protecting our privacy by staying behind closed doors.  I can say for our family in...
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Nov.30.2010
Door to the neighborhood
In memory of Dr. Yasir Skeiky, our neighbor and our friend. These days we often don’t know our neighbors.  People work long hours, covet the time at home to connect with family, and have the illusion that we are protecting our privacy by staying behind closed doors.  I can say for our family for...
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Nov.28.2010
Keeping up with the Aussies
We all have stressful times in life.  Some of them are unplanned, but most of them can be anticipated.  For example: preparing to run a half marathon.  For those stressful situations, I often organize and edit the chronology in my head in order to minimize the anxiety of the unexpected.  As it...
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