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Mission Accepted: Cats of the World Shall Dine on Meat Cubes!

If I were to imagine a sleepy kind of paradise, it would come very close to Funchal, Portugal. The perfect position of this town on the island of Madeira many…
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Seven days at sea: Smack in the middle of a writer’s dream come true

Seven days at sea. Not at all like the steamship crossings of Hemingway and Twain, where attendants empty daily chamber pots and passengers were offered “cocaine lozenges” to ease the…
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How to begin a journey around the world

The brave leap my teenage daughter and I took last year that changed our lives forever. Wake up, I told myself. You will not get these months back. Her childhood…
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What is the consequence of loving you?

Will you make me rich? Drape me in leisure. Satiate my hunger with rare cuts of bovine flanks? Whom will I lose and whom will I gain? Will it bother…
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Can you really bounce back from failure?

Imagine how honored I felt when asked to speak on the main stage at Geekwire’s Startup Day? The request made me giddy. I’ve long admired the Geekwire crew and the…
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Curse of the Smelly Otter

Another weekend with Foam. This time, I brought along Kiddo and Kiddo Number Two (K2). We arrived after dark Saturday night. The kids oohed and ahhed at our pretty pirate…
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The Foamy Sea Captain

This fall, I adopted a wooden boat named Foam. I know nothing about boats. A dream to own a sailboat stubbornly lodged in my brain from the time I lived on…
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The End of Self-Sequester

  Part 1: Finding a goal worth the risk Part 2 to be posted 8/15/15: How to hit the reset button after creative burnout and disappointment The effort of maintaining…
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Deep Thaw: Escape, Endurance and Bobcats in the Colorado Rockies

This story was intended to be told live, on-stage at a Moth event in Seattle. Despite my recent foray into mental stimulus drugs, I still managed to miss the date…
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Balance: The Art of Mixing Pleasure with Business

The start of the new year provides an excellent excuse for life planning and goal prioritization. As Queen of the Epic Spreadsheet Collection, the past couple of weeks I have…