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The worst photo of me EVER! My hopefully "before" photo--March, 2014 on vacation in California

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Christmas Eve 2013; on my way to my heaviest ever. In the 230's here.

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My dog Nelly! On a hike 8/24/2014 a little over 20 pounds down, and with Nelly to hide behind

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  • v TWESTEN1
    Oh sweetie - I too need that reminder that it's a marathon... would LOVE it if it were a sprint, but then we wouldn't need the help of all of our spark friends, right?!!! We're in it for the long haul :)

    Have a great weekend!
    2336 days ago
    Thank-you for commenting on my blog. Before I respond, let me just say that I did read your blog, about an hour after you posted it several days back, about your Jewish father-in-law and I was riveted from start to finish. I am up to my eyeballs in work at the moment, so I haven't been my usual overly chatty SP self. It was and still is fully my intention to comment on that blog.

    Anyway, I absolutely loved what you had to say in response to my rant, errr .... blog. The article by the paralyzed woman sounds fascinating and does indeed reflect the craziness with which we are surrounded. And yes, things are better discrimination-wise these days as per the law. But when one societal faction comes to the fore as being in need of rights, you can be sure that discrimination will show-up towards a still-invisible societal faction. I come from the prairies. Regardless of the many laws in effect, aboriginal people are discriminated against openly by "regular" people. It is horrible. Your kids sounds awesome, by the way :)

    I have read a lot of writings by African Americans dating back to the 18th and early 19th centuries. I find these individuals incredibly inspiring------they were welcome nowhere. They were never ever featured as beautiful in the media. Yet they managed to somehow forge an incredibly strong sense of self-esteem and self-worth within themselves, their families, and their communities. It is truly incredible reading.

    I have yet to look at the link you sent me. It is on the agenda for tonight, when I get home from the library. I know I am going to love it! This was so very thoughtful of you and I really appreciate it. I mean that. Big hugs!
    2342 days ago
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    Oh my gosh - your hubby is WONDERFUL!!!! I would be so lost without mine :)

    And yes, my dear, I DO Love the snow!!! Now when I have to drive in it, the smile may not be on my face - but the rest of the time - oh yeah. It's just so pretty. Okay, the shorter, darker days are not my favorite - but it's still an awesome time of the year :)
    2342 days ago
    I just saw your comment "who would steal a 1950s girly bike."


    This style of bike is actually all the rage now for the urban fashion-conscious "hip" crowd (I live downtown in a big city against my will), but everyone rides copies of 1950s bikes. The copies sell here for $800 - $1000 per bike, which is crazy!!! My bike was actually the real thing from the actual 1950s and cost me $30 at an estate sale about 8 years ago. It was very pretty. It had a basket (super handy for books and groceries since I do not have a car), matching fenders and chain guard, and a little bell. And it wasn't an overpriced copy. It was the real thing. Anyway, it is gone. I think someone stole it because they liked it. Which sucks.
    2346 days ago
    Hey Lisa! I'm reading A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates. It started out very interesting but is now getting repetitive, boring, and irritating. I might not be able to finish it, but you know how it is--when you pay for a book, you try to finish it. This memoir is so different from Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, which was beautifully written. Anyway, I don't know how I got into these widow memoirs all of a sudden. (Don't want to be a widow!) I need to return to what I was reading before--stuff by John Dower and Herbert Bix on the Occupation of Japan after World War II. But if you know any good novels, let me know, because these history books are too heavy and cumbersome to read at bedtime!

    Have a great week!

    eta: Thanks for commenting on my blog! I discovered your comment after I wrote this comment. I'd like to explore the mind/body connection in more detail and would love to hear everybody's thoughts and experiences.
    2347 days ago

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