Footprints

I run alone. Cold air fills my lungs as I breathe in deep, the beauty that surrounds me. I escape the noise and enter an archway of delicate branches laced in white, on the Pumpkinvine Trail. Quiet nature beckons me forward into my own sense of wild peace. I focus my gaze into the distance […]

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Girls Need Fan Support Too

It’s Saturday night, and the undefeated, second-ranked conference team, Elkhart Central High School, is playing the undefeated, number-one ranked team, Penn High School, at their home gym in downtown Elkhart, Indiana. The Girls Varsity team has been away for the past 5 out of 6 games and I am expecting the gym to be packed […]

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Our First Gingerbread House…Actually, Tepee Tent

It’s Sunday afternoon and we’re strolling the grocery aisles humming along to Christmas songs while shopping for the week’s meals when Derek notices a DIY Gingerbread House kit. The box came with pre-baked, ready-to-assemble walls with candies and bagged frosting for $14.99. It looked like a fun Christmas activity that neither of us had done […]

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Photo Walk at Oden State Fish Hatchery

On a cool, Autumn afternoon we walked the trails of Oden State Fish Hatchery in northern Michigan. The water was so clear that the trout could be seen right from the trail and the trees were in the peak of their colors.  This hatchery has been active since 1920 replenishing fish communities that are released […]

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Running Mackinac Island

The waves rock with cheers from the crowd and my stomach flips. The ferry attendant circles us with barf bags to the echoed sounds of their laughter. My nerves are uneasy as I close my eyes to tune out the distractions while reflecting on my journey. It has been a year since my last race […]

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The World is Best Explored On Foot

I love maps. The best maps expand like origami from the palm of my hand to the size of an atlas that identifies each street by name. Maps are beautiful works of functional art that help me find my place by observing what is around me. I could probably find what I’m looking for faster […]

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

I stand with my arms open, chin to the sky, as another gust coats me with sweet mist in my eyes. The cloud of white is a rush of relief leaving droplets behind poised on the strands of my hair. I cheer after each thunderous wave as I would on the crest of a roller […]

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