Thankful for the Good Ones

Last night Brynne was writing the answer to an assigned essay. The question: “Is religion important to a region? Why or why not?” Brynne quite indignantly wrote: “Religion is important to a region because it helps solve problems and causes less contention between people. Without religion, there might be more conflict, more worldwide issues, and more separation […]

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In the Heart of the Sea…is my girl

Ahoy, mates! Somewhere on the ocean blue, is a boat. On this boat, in the heart of the sea…is my girl, Cope. A daily text, tells me where this boat is sailing… This boat is hunkered down in the harbor of Connecticut near Mystic as Hurricane Joaquin shows off a bit. With Cope are 21 of her classmates, a captain, and […]

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To Kim, the Young Mom Who Inspired Me

It’s been a great summer. We’ve traveled to foreign lands, gathered for sweet reunions, and swum and swam the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans blue. We’ve soaked up summer, swimming at the local lake every day, and eating too much ice-cream. It’s been glorious. Among all the great and grand adventures, something very ordinary occurred in my […]

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Hello, Mates! What Happened in England.

We landed in London after a 2-hour flight from Bilbao, Spain. A plane flight was just as cheap as the train and saved us a day of travel. Cope, our great English history buff, could hardly tolerate our newly acquired English accents, and refused to speak to us if we spoke that way in public. This of course just made speaking […]

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What to See and Eat in Spain

Espana, we love you! Of the three countries we visited, Spain was our favorite. I think this had everything to do with being fresh into our adventure and excited to embark. Also, we were able to communicate (Gregor is fluent and I can get by) and we had a very comfortable place to lay our heads. We […]

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Can Changing Your Vocabulary Make You Happier?

My friend Eric has ALS.  Just about everything about it is awful. But sometimes we talk about the upsides. For instance, he knows what his family means to him. Life is about experiences together, rather than things. It’s heartbreaking to watch Eric’s physical body slowly stop working, and yet he’s still able to be positive. How does he do […]

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she wanted to be his passion

Still Alice is haunting me. Other than frequently losing my mind, there is another theme that resonated. I don’t like it. It comes from this passage: “I wish we’d spend more time together,” she said. “What do you mean? We just spent the whole summer together.” “No, not the summer, our whole lives. I’ve been thinking about it, and […]

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Book Recommendations (and more!)

Here we go with some book recommendations that will surely thrill your heart and stir the soul. I tell you what, a good book is what gets me through February and March in New Hampshire. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  Young Adult. Tragic, page-turner, very tight writing. John Green says,”Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is […]

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