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Riding the Shining Sea Bikeway

Rail trails offer a great opportunity to walk, skate or ride without dealing with the resentful glare of automobile drivers who believe they own the road while controlling your life in their distracted hands. The Shining Sea Bikeway ups the ante with beautiful views and a diverse landscape. The trick on this trail is to…

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Torn Between Two Places

God it’s so painful when something that’s so closeIs still so far out of reach— Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, American Girl September conjures up images of red and gold leaves in crisp air. I thought of their possibility while sneaking another swim in water that believes it’s still summer. But what we linger on…

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Turning Inward for Answers

He went to ParisLooking for answersTo questions that bothered him so— Jimmy Buffett, He Went to Paris “As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson And now I will tell you the truth.Everything in the worldcomes. At least, closer. And, cordially.— Mary Oliver, Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It…

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Finding Soulfulness in Inefficient Places

“Everything that feels soulful in life is inefficient. All the vacations that we find very soulful are inefficient places. The food that we really, really like and find soulful are inefficient to cook… maybe soulfulness is a function of chaos and inefficiency… It is impossible to imagine scaling in life without standardizing. And standardizing is…