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Beachy Summer Days

Our golden retriever doesn’t like to swim, but she loves water, so on summer days cool enough to walk outside without melting or scalding our feet through our shoes, we like to do nice things for her like take her to the beach. I wander around and see what treasures await me. One time I […]

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The Atholton children’s triathlon in Columbia, MD

Two of my girls competed in their first triathlon today and I could not be more amazed, impressed, or proud. They’ve watched their dad fall in love with the sport over the last year and have seen him run an Olympic and a sprint. Though they’ve talked about trying it for themselves, the final push […]

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Natural Beauty

Today was one of those wonderfully lazy summer days of sleeping in, puttering around the house, and just relaxing. We had some evening things… church for two and horse back riding for another. And those same three had something else – haircuts. Lesson re-learned: Book concurrent appointments. I’ve learned it before, but in my haste […]

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Savage Mill Birthday Zipline

I’m a big fan of birthdays and a fierce believer in celebrating them as fervently as possible. If you don’t believe me, go back and review the way I threw myself out of an airplane for my 40th. Age is an attitude, but it’s also a gift that brings with it maturity, knowledge, wisdom, and […]

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Friends Forever and the Navy Memorial in DC

I think it was ’89 or ’90 that my church group did Michael W Smith’s Friends Forever tour, a musical that we took up to Vancouver BC for a week long trip. That was my first choir tour and a special one. We were more like family than friends, so that last song was real […]

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Meet Peter

Perhaps he’s young and curious like the original Peter Rabbit or perhaps our clover are just too sweet to run away from, but this bunny didn’t flinch when I drove up my driveway today even though he sat just 4 feet from it. He looked up as I got out of my car and even […]

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A Sprint Triathlon in Rock Hall, Maryland

“If at first you don’t succeed, tri, tri again.” “Tri harder.” “Just tri.” Supporters wear clever triathlon t-shirts while the athletes gear up. We left Annapolis just after 6am this morning, crossed the Bay Bridge, and drove through bright green Maryland countryside dotted with small colonial towns that didn’t look like they’ve changed much over […]

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A Baby Chickadee

Since we’ve lived in Maryland, I’ve learned a lot about birds, but it wasn’t until last summer that I noticed babies – baby cardinals then.  Now we have a baby chickadee. He isn’t much smaller than his parents, so if coming alone, I almost wouldn’t recognize his youth, but the first time he came, he […]

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Rectangles and Raindrops

1. Rectangles In the last six days I’ve taken over 2200 photos. Yikes. The photographer part of me is thrilled because that’s 2200 little rectangles of potential that she gets to play with. The writer, however, is irritated that photos are going to eat up precious writing time. This is a problem.  I go on […]

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DC in Pink!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that me and morning are about as friendly as Batman and Joker. Morning is sort of like working out. I like the idea of it, but the reality is just plain ugly. Unless it’s a photo op. Tell me there’s a once in a lifetime event that I need […]

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