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Homecoming

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I’ve just returned from a five day mini-vacation in Portland, Oregon and it could have not been more fun. Why? We were celebrating the return of our youngest daughter to life in the Pacific Northwest. For the last six years our little gypsy has been living in upstate New York and Boston. (There was even a five month stint in …

Taking Risks – What are you waiting for?

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Risk: exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance. I woke up this morning with the word “risk” on my mind. No, it wasn’t a nightmare. This concept is front and center in my brain because I am embarking on what might be defined as a risk; the publishing of my first novel, Duck Pond …

Yoga After Fifty

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I finally made the time to return to yoga and now I wonder why it took me so long. For those of you who might think of this practice along the lines of “mumbo jumbo,” (admit it, I know you’re out there) think again! Within the first few minutes, I began to recall how calming and soothing yoga is. I …

Graduates

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My husband and I recently attended our oldest daughter’s graduation from UC Berkeley, and like many of you out there with children, it was a proud day for all of us. (There’s a funny little detail about this ceremony worth noting – it was her second Master’s degree from Cal. Yep, that kid has always LOVED education, so we weren’t too surprised …

Tracey, equipped with backpack, in the middle of one of life's ongoing adventures.

An Empty Nest

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Living in an empty nest can be pretty quiet. Life is simple when everything is pared down to the essentials. There are times when I absolutely love it – the peaceful calm that soothes and refreshes. And then there are the times when I look back and wonder how we did everything –  three kids (born in 3.5 years – …

Bella von Doodle

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In my last post, you met our family feline, Rita. This week, it’s time to introduce our mutt, Bella von Doodle, a charming Goldendoodle who has brought an energy into this household that is unbelievable. Has there ever been a more energetic, endearing canine? (Okay, some of you are nodding “yes” as you think of your own beasts. We dog …

Feline energy

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When our nest emptied out a few years ago, we managed to navigate the transition pretty well, until first, our 18 year old cat died and soon thereafter, our beloved 17 year old Golden Retriever joined her. The house was suddenly uncomfortably quiet. I made it about six months before I knew we had to get a kitten. Instantly, the …

Tracey, equipped with backpack, in the middle of one of life's ongoing adventures.

Back from vacation

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I realize some people might not call a 2,600 mile roadtrip a vacation but for me, it was heaven on wheels.Granted, there were only two of us in the car and neither of us ever screamed “are we there yet?.”  I’m the first to admit, this makes a huge difference in the level of enjoyment. Our goal this time around? …

Pollyanna Lives!

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First of all, my heartfelt thanks to all of you who took the time to  connect with me following the launch of my web site and blog. It’s just the kind of thing that reinforces my belief in the goodness of people. And isn’t that sometimes a little hard to believe – that there are good people in the world? …

Bring it on!

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I’ve never considered myself to be especially techno savvy, although once upon a time, I did manage to rebuild the carburetor on my ’61 VW bug. And math? Ha! If a problem requires more than my ten digits, I head straight for the calculator. So (bear with me, this might not strike you as a logical leap)  my initial reaction …