Under the Sun

Under the Sun     One of the main reasons I bike is that I love taking in the view. The wildflowers right now are CRAZY. I can’t get enough.   I saw a biker wearing this jersey, and it happened to be a couple of days after someone threw a rock at my head…

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Humble Quinoa

      Humble Quinoa   George Orwell said that to see what’s in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle.   Even though we might, in theory, have the “best” vantage point, we can be completely blind to see what everyone else sees. Rather, we refuse to believe others might know what they’re talking about. In our self-sufficient,…

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Squint

Squint   Anne Lamott said, “Never compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.”   Don’t compare what you see in your Facebook newsfeed to what you see in your own house, because what you see in your feed—for the most part—is not reality. It’s not necessarily an intentionally misleading or a flat-out lie, but it’s not the whole…

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Little Star in the Fog

Little Star in the Fog   I noticed this cactus asterisk (I’m assuming it’s a cactus) on my mountain biking trail yesterday,  the day after someone was airlifted out of a ravine down below. With the helicopter swirling above and the ambulance and fire truck perched at the top of the hill, my husband John…

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Twist

  Twist   I love the art of story. In my opinion, the best story is one that includes a twist you never saw coming. Jen’s Dodge Demon story, for one.* I bet Jen’s parents did not see that coming. I think the story of Jesus is truly the most dramatic, most theatrically delicious, greatest…

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Head’s Up

  Head’s Up     While I was climbing Pacific Park on my bike today, someone threw a rock at me and nailed me right in the head.   For real.   Deliberately.   They had quite the throwing arm with pinpoint accuracy.   Let me back the bike up for a minute and explain….

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Chains

Chains   You teach people how to treat you.   I’m not sure who said it first—Dr. Phil, Oprah, or Tony Gaskins in this fleshed out version: “You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.” In my own experience, I have sometimes allowed unacceptable behavior…

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One Hundred

    One Hundred   Even when I was a kid, I thought of the afterlife a lot. I think it’s safe to say, I always assumed that one exists. Even though that’s true for me, I routinely get caught up in the here and now. Like, every day. Most minutes, I’d say. This gets…

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Hot Tubs By Swimming Pools

Hot Tubs By Swimming Pools   “You look at places on the earth, where to be born there would be like being born into hell because from the time you’re an infant being born, there’s not enough food, there’s abuse and torture and maybe warfare and we look at spots on the earth where it’s…

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Review Reminder

Hey guys, I’ve taken a breather from my book since my launch three weeks or so ago but I’m using today to get back into book mode a little bit. I’m following up with anyone I think may have read my book or gifted my book to friends. If you read my book or know…

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