Random Thoughts

My Thorfties

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I had a startling thought the other day. I wondered if the time had come when I can no longer brood over my to-do list and shrug off thousands of undone tasks (and dreams) with my favorite catch-all phrase: “I’m pacing myself.” At this rate, if I […]

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Portland in Perspective: 6 Real and 4 Bogus Clichés

by Mark Remy, writer, runner, and creator of Remy’s World I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon, for about a year now. As a result, I consider myself the world’s foremost authority on Portland, Oregon. OK, maybe not. But since moving here from Pennsylvania last summer, I think I do have a pretty good perspective on our […]

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Simple Is Better, Or Spiderman Does Cry

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger A few months ago, I wrote about my newly adopted philosophy of life: “Nothing Is Easy.” At this point, I’d like to add a corollary: “Simple Is Better.” Given a choice between an overwrought, tortured approach to a problem, or a direct, hands-on solution, simple is better. […]

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The Reinvention Intervention

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Today’s 21st-century question: When did women of a certain age all agree that we need to “reinvent” ourselves? I must have missed the text. It isn’t my imagination. Hop onto any website’s homepage, and you’ll find some channel or thread that offers dozens of articles, tips, lists, […]

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Top 11 Ways to Be Happy

March 20th is International Happiness Day, and that’s cause for celebration! I wasn’t always happy. In fact, I spent most of my life vaguely depressed, crabby, and insecure. But for the past few years, I’ve really, really worked at being happy, and I’ve found there are a few secrets that make it so much easier: […]

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Permission to Recover…Granted!

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the image of the hard-working career person as someone who only sleeps five hours a night, starts work at 5 in the morning, and continues late into the evening—someone who’s always working, even during “recreational” time: golfing, fishing, socializing at the bar, attending conferences. It […]

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On Sisterhood, Stretch Marks and Scars

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger When I was 16 years old, I had major surgery on my kidneys, which left me with an enormous, obvious scar. It starts in the middle of my back and winds around my waist to my abdomen. There were no fade creams in 1975; I applied cocoa […]

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12 Things I Have Learned from Working at Rodale

by guest blogger Maria Luci, social media and content editor at Rodale I’ve had the pleasure of working at Rodale for almost two years now. In that time, I’ve edited hundreds of blogs on health, fitness, wellness, the environment, sustainability, and life in general. Needless to say, the experience has taught me a lot and […]

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