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The Value of Starting Over
Monday, July 08, 2013      11 comments

"So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late." - Lee Iacocca Hey Sparkfriends! ... Read more
Back...and REALLY Back!
Sunday, July 07, 2013      12 comments

We've been back home for a week. I cannot believe all the work that needs to be done around here! We've got wasp nests, bird nests, and spider webs everywhere and the weeds have grown with merry abandon in our absence! I gained a number o... Read more
Pictures from Ricketts Glen State Park, PA
Sunday, June 09, 2013      16 comments

WHAT a beautiful hike this is! But this is the sign that greets you at the trailhead: ... Read more
checking in
Wednesday, June 05, 2013      14 comments

Hi fellow Sparklers! TC and I did great on the Appalachian Trail. We were NOT the slowest in the group (my fear), in fact we were usually in the first wave. Yay! The "roller coaster" in Virginia was really a killer, but we did it! We me... Read more
Hiking the AT
Wednesday, May 29, 2013      18 comments

It's always been a dream of mine to hike the AT, ever since I read Bill Bryson's book "A Walk in the Woods" two decades ago. I knew it was unrealistic to think I could backpack 2,100 miles, so when I saw this trip we HAD to sign up. There ... Read more
Our Lunch Spot (video blog)
Sunday, May 26, 2013      16 comments

This is where we had lunch one day in Shenandoah National Park. What a great place to take a break in our 10-mile hike!... Read more
Ready to Hike
Sunday, May 26, 2013      15 comments

TC and I had a wonderful 6 days in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. What a place! I highly recommend it. We hiked a total of 41 miles from Monday-Thursday. Friday was cold, foggy and rainy so we didn't hike at all. It dropped 40 degree... Read more
Moving On
Saturday, May 18, 2013      14 comments

Yesterday was the short committal service at the cemetery for my dad. It is finally over. TC and I will be leaving Michigan today. Our first stop is Shenandoah National Park in VA for some hiking. I probably will NOT be Sparking because ... Read more
Getting Back to Normal
Tuesday, May 14, 2013      16 comments

Hi Spark! Long time no see! My father passed away last Saturday morning, and took his last breath at home, surrounded by his wife of 60 years and 4 of his 5 children. Terrence and I were at a campground 20 miles away, but when we got the ... Read more
No 5K
Saturday, April 27, 2013      18 comments

I am heartbroken, on more than one level! My sister called last night and said my father has taken a turn for the worse. The Hospice nurse said he had days, not weeks, to live. Our Mock 5K was probably going to last until noon: There... Read more
Size 10 Jeans
Thursday, April 25, 2013      23 comments

Well, going back home sooner than expected had me in the stores buying clothes this week. I bought a beautiful, well-fitting pair of size 10 jeans! Are they tight? YES! But I've bought size 16 jeans that were just as tight, so this is ... Read more
Stepping Back
Monday, April 22, 2013      16 comments

I weigh in at 148 this morning, 1.5 pounds over my ticker. This will stop NOW! I got a call from my sister in Michigan and my Dad has taken a turn for the worse. The hospice nurse confirms he is in the last stage(s) of his life. My d... Read more
Running for Boston
Saturday, April 20, 2013      17 comments

This morning thousands of women all over the state of Arkansas wore these bibs in their running clinics. We are proud to run -- because WE CAN! ... Read more
Think Thin Thursday!
Thursday, April 18, 2013      13 comments

This was the Beck Diet Solution Facebook reminder for today: "Remember, cravings are like itches. The more you pay attention to them, the worse they get but the moment you get really distracted is the moment the craving starts to go away. Y... Read more
Quotable Quotes for Tuesday
Tuesday, April 16, 2013      12 comments

Quotes I stole/borrowed from PMRunner's Sparkpage: "What if you worked towards self-acceptance instead of trying to hate yourself into change? Acceptance and peace with "what is" is always going to feel better than hate." - Christie Inge ... Read more

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