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Positive Living

2017 goals… looking ahead to a good year

According to "The Internet" and practically everyone I know, 2016 sucked.  And I can't say I disagree... I think we're all hoping for a better year ahead. Recently I was listening to a podcast by Dave Ramsey, and he was talking about how to plan your financial future. Dave's life is dedicated to teaching people how to find financial peace and personal wealth, and his method is very simple: give every dollar an assignment.  Don't…
Biking

Biking in Baja

It's May 1!  That's exciting since it's the first day of National Bike Month.  And since it's cold and rainy in Ohio, and not a great day for a ride, this is the perfect time to share with you some beautiful prose and photographs by Susanne Wright, a friend and fellow bicyclist I met through the Slow Bicycle Movement group on Facebook.  Susanne is a freelance writer and tutor living in Mosier, Oregon. She loves…
Life After Divorce

A vacation by myself (and to myself)

The commitment I make to my hobbies and interests is pretty lackadaisical, and I like it that way. To me, hobbies and interests shouldn’t involve commitment, goals, or any aspiration of achievement. I read a great piece recently by author Elizabeth Gilbert on the difference between a career, a job, a hobby, and a vocation. (Interestingly, what led me to read it was that I thought it said “vacation,” and was going to be about…
Life After Divorce

Back from vacation!

Crickets have been chirping around here because I was away on a much-needed vacation. Mike and I went east to Philly, Baltimore, and DC. What a great week!  Of all the things we did, what I enjoyed most was our visit to Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  It's just awe-inspiring to stand in the room where our nation was dreamed up, discussed, debated, and ultimately declared to be. This trip was the best vacation I've had…