Camping… Fun?

Some people are enthralled with camping. Die-hards have 10-room waterproof tents larger than most houses. Their sleeping bag is more extravagant than the linens on their bed at home and their pocket knives include expandable spatulas and can openers. I’ve tried “roughing it” and hope to never be forced to give it a go again.…
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The Road An Old Photo Takes You Down

Flipping through old photos is like taking a vacation. Some pictures – even if you’ve seen them a hundred times – guarantee a smile. I recently came across an old photo that brought back memories. In the photo, I am standing on our old deck by the lake at home. As my mind took a…
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Bucket List

Nearly two years after it was released, I headed to the video store to rent The Bucket List, a movie about two men who have a wish list of to-dos before cancer takes their life. I had been working on devising my own “life list,” and figured it may be a good movie to watch.…
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The Annual Canoe Trip

My family tries to be normal. We sometimes go for walks together or spend some time in the boat on warm, summer days. But one adventure – our family canoe trip down the Crow River – generally ends in disaster. Still, this has become an annual event. Why? Because Mom insists we do it to…
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What Swimming Lessons Didn’t Do For Me

There were a few things I hated as a kid. I used to hate my younger brother. I used to hate when dad made me spit out my gum before going to bed. And I really, truly hated swimming lessons. It had nothing to do with getting into a swim suit or jumping into the…
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