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Spring Biking in Wisconsin’s Northwoods

Spring is a time of renewal… the skies open and temperatures warm, inviting us to experience our first ride of the season. The days are longer, the sun shines brighter, the bugs are yet to hatch, and the warm and cool air fluctuates dramatically with slight elevation changes.  The ephemeral ponds are full of frog…

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A Balance of Holding On, and Letting Go

Several months ago after leaving my job, I tried out an exercise to help me find my “true purpose.” (blog here). I can’t remember where or when I came across it, but the instructions were to write starting with “My purpose in life is…” So, I tried this. The author of the activity said it may not…

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Jumping for Joy

This past spring, we went for a trampoline after a miserable pool attempt the year prior. I researched safety, took price into account, and we ended up with one of the best investments in our parenting years thus far! Our Skywalker Trampoline is large and sturdy, and has brought family and friends hours of fun…

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Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Some say as soon as you know your true purpose, it will hit you like a ton of bricks. And, cool, you can figure it out through a writing exercise. You just write until it hits… But what if nothing hits? The author of this particular exercise didn’t explain what to do in the event that this happens, so…

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Turning “Absolutely Almost” 6 (I mean 8)…

Somehow, this weekend, Cooper celebrated his eighth birthday. While I was shopping for him, I found myself instinctively looking for cards and candles for a six-year old. My mind, nor my heart for that matter, were ready for the fact that he was actually turning eight. The weekend parties went fabulously, with ten friends joining…

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The Hotdog Giggles

Last night, I got the giggles and couldn’t stop laughing at this article all about hotdogs. I hadn’t laughed that hard for way too long. My eyes were running, I could barely talk, and thankfully I had Cal to share it with. He found the hot dog stuff funny, not nearly so much as I,…

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Interview Q: Describe Yourself in Five Words

I recently had a job interview. It was a nice position, fun, good people, challenging – but I quickly found I didn’t want to spend an hour and a half in the car, head to an office again everyday, and work a full-time salaried job. I want to be passionate about what comes next, and…

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A Cautiously Reckless Sense of Abandon

Motherhood has brought about in me an almost incessant sense of worry. I worry ten years from now about my 16-year olds driving. I worry now about bike rides and running into trees. I worry about hurt feelings, kindness, meanness and shyness, healthy foods, chemicals, school and reading “later”. Recently, however, I sat back a bit…

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Proud to be a Presque-Islian

Yesterday was the Fireman’s Picnic in Presque Isle – my home for the last ten years. Presque Isle is a village of 400 year-rounders that bumps up to a couple thousand in summer with second home owners and vacationers. Our official slogan is “Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness” and many refer to it as “God’s Country” or…

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My Greatest Fish Tale

What is it about fishing? For me, it’s the memories that get a bit more amplified and drama-filled as time moves along. If you’re my brother-in-law or my father, the amplification starts the minute the fish is released back into the water. If you’re me and blessed/stressed with a short-term memory, the amplification isn’t always…

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