Slow down and enjoy the things that make good memories and replenish the soul.


  • Morning Climb to Castelmola

    We had arrived in Sicily the day before, traveling from the airport in Catania to our hotel in Taormina on a gloomy, rainy day. The next morning dawned clear, with temperatures already climbing toward 50ºF (which for these Minnesotans was akin to beach weather). We only planned for one night in Taormina, so we would…

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  • 5 Lessons Congress Could Learn From A Ragnar Trail Race

    The polarity and divisiveness in our country has reached extremes never seen in recent times. Our democractic and constitutional norms are straining at the seams. Op-eds and analysts drill down with their best ideas for how to restore civility, how to find our way back to some kind of bipartisanship … but not a single…

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  • Holiday Spirit (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 30)

    The holiday season can be full of busyness — going through the list and checking it twice, without enjoying the moments along the way. A leisurely evening run with friends, with a detour on some festive paths, was a wonderful reminder of the goodwill generated by the season. Volunteers handing out hot cocoa and cookies…

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  • Try a Little Kindness (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 29)

    Driving along a rural highway in northern Minnesota shortly after the sun rose, I noticed a beautiful dog standing on the shoulder, looking somewhat confused. He did not seem in distress, but he was nowhere near a driveway or somewhere that one would consider his home. Despite a scheduled meeting, I could not just drive…

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  • Lessons of History (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 28)

    “History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. ” ~ David McCullough Grateful to those who recognize the lessons that history leaves for us, and have the courage to speak truth to power. May they continue to do so, and may…

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  • Good Health (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 27)

    Good health and the ability to move forward. It is easy to take these things for granted. Don’t. Be grateful for the simple gifts of life. ~ Kat

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