Halfway There: Looking Back at Camp Fradd’s Dope June Adventures

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We’re halfway through the year already? As we finish up June, I’m joining the Share Four Somethings party Heather hosts each month. These highlights – loved, said, learned, read – are a small look at how I spent Chapter 6 of 2021.

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When Quiet Won’t Do: Finding the Perfect Playlist for My Mood

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Sometimes I need quiet. I need to shut myself off from the world and relax in the peace silence brings.

Sometimes, however, I need noise. In my anxiety, I need to fill the silence with a podcast. The chatter coming from my phone may ease my nerves. Or it may just alert the wildlife on the trail to my presence so that we don’t have any accidental encounters.

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Finding Joy in the Midst of Trial

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“This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” someone in my hiking crew declared, as we took in the cliffs, pastures, and sheep. Just a bit further up the trail, we rounded a corner and enjoyed another beautiful vista. “This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!” someone else exclaimed. The refrain became almost a joke on the trail, but each time we uttered the words, we spoke them in truth.

Will hike for snacks
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70th Birthday Energy for the Win – Sunday in Smashville

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There is nothing that matches the excitement of playoff hockey in Smashville. Jay and I attended our first game on a whim in 2017 and keep going back for more. Of course last year, the playoffs looked a bit differently. The NHL shortened the season, allowed more teams into the post-season, and they played it all in “the bubble.”

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Committing It to Paper: Recording My Experiences in a Travel Journal

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I wrote a book this past year. I’m super pumped and proud of my accomplishment.

I do, however, feel the need to explain. This isn’t a story for publication. Chances are, no one else will ever read it besides me.

So why am I so excited to have finished?

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Fighting Frustration and Being Unsatisfied With Better Than Last Year

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Each year I set a reading goal of 100 books – this includes books of any length, genre, or media. When I tell people about my number, I always feel the need to clarify that I include audiobooks in this total. Between illness early in the year and the increase of time spent at home in 2020, I exceeded the goal. I crushed it. I worked the last week of the year to bring my total up to 100 PRINT books read.

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Share Four Somethings: A Look at March’s Best Moments

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Well hello there Easter, you’ve snuck up on us quickly! As we finish up March, I’m joining the Share Four Somethings party Heather hosts each month. These highlights – loved, said, learned, read – are a small look at how I spent Chapter 3 of 2021.

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Emphasizing the Adventure in Life – While Not Neglecting the Mundane

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While trying to hone my writing niche, I’ve done a decent amount of introspection. Which pieces of my life do I feel deserve the most attention? What should I emphasize with my writing?

A few years ago, I wrote a manifesto, at the prompting of authors Kathi Lip & Cheri Gregory in their book Overwhelmed. The theme of the book is planning the life you want, rather than scheduling the life you’ve accepted. Stated a different way we have to look in the direction of our dreams or we will steer ourselves in the wrong direction.

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Book Review: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’m a bit late to the party but I loved this book! The narrator did a great job on the audio version, so I’m a bit concerned that book #2 has someone different. I used this book to encourage myself to workout. I loved the story but only “allowed” myself to listen during a cardio session.

The technology is surprisingly spot-on for a book written in the 1970s (before I was born). I laughed out loud on several occasions. Given that I typically listened while doing stair repeats, that’s no small feat.

Ford Prefect: Its (the jump into hyperspace) is about as pleasant as being drunk.
Arthur: What’s so bad about being drunk?
Ford: Ask a glass of water


Also? Marvin FTW!!!!

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