Personal New Year

Every birthday, the inevitable judgment shadows my quiet morning routine, usually spent drinking coffee on the couch with my dog snuggled at my feet. Why do my thighs now display a depressing topography that could never belong to the land of Laura? From where did those rifts and drifts develop? Is that fatty phenomenon related […]

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Sheep, Steep, and Sleep

Sleep fails me this evening. My eyes and thoughts wander around and up and down like I’ve trapped myself into a virtual amusement ride. All of my senses stray from rest. My nose smells skunk, my ears hear street lights, my fingers feel the itchy air prick at what should be smooth slumbering heaven, and […]

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You are going to go far

Today I met with a sweet older lady who greeted me as if we already knew each other from another life. When I say that, I don’t mean to say that she embraced me with hugs and sloppy Auntie kisses. Rather, she immediately smiled with her warm eyes in a way that only people who trust […]

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Fly Fishing Females Unite!

Simply stated, men and women find females in the the fly-fishing world fascinating. Even though I showed up a half hour into the Happy Hour for women interested in fly-fishing last night, the place was packed with co-ed members of the Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited chapter. The energy in the room zapped my skin and […]

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To look or not to look? Mirrors

Last night we watched Nick Offerman’s stand up titled, “10 Tips To A Delicious Life.” Tonight I’d like to talk about his Tip #6 – Avoid the mirror. He explains that the mirror should be used as a maintenance tool only, as in reserved purely for utilitarian purposes. Staring at the mirror, instead of seeing […]

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How do you react to bad news?

I heard an unusual dose of bad news last week. You’ve seen some of it too, from Facebook friends upset about the election results to more sensational news stories that only reflect the personal disasters coming to a head at work or home. The real gut ache for me is when I feel actions are […]

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