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An Inspirational Wedding Story – The Family that Attended

October 4th, 2014, I married my Soulmate. There’s a catch… I’d been married once before in 2005 to a Marine I’d met at the Defense Language Institute, aptly called the  Desperate Love Institute.  I’ve jokingly called my first wedding my $12,000 mistake for many years, as that’s what it cost, and that’s what it was. He’d proposed to me […]

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The Year of Dance

The Year of Dance – Live Life to Your Own Beat One of the MANY lessons I learned while in the military is that holidays are simply arbitrary dates. You can celebrate ANY DAY of the year for ANY REASON. Ultimately being “home” for the 25th of December as opposed to, say, the 6th of April makes absolutely no […]

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The Meaning of this Birthday

This birthday means something a bit different from those of the past. When I was a child, my birthdays meant success. They meant I was a WHOLE YEAR older and I could puff out my chest when I claimed proudly, “I’m now EIGHT, and yes, I feel older!!!” to the age old question.  I’d look […]

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Rita’s Rat Lungworm Recovery Update – Prognosis

Where am I in my rat lungworm recovery? A year ago, they thought I wouldn’t walk again. They didn’t account for my determination. This day last year I slept about 20 hours of the 24. I was wearing a diaper because I could no longer control my bowels, weighed about 99 lbs, and could not […]

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Traks for Chip’s Trek – A Fundraiser for my Brother

Here it is: the fundraiser you’ve all been waiting for… Traks for Chip’s Trek (If you click on the link directly above, you will see the fundraising page. Click on GIVE NOW to donate!) The bottom line is this: You have all seen the show and read the review, correct? You know I wanted to […]

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72 Hours Season 1 Episode 7 Review (My Episode)

72 Hours Season 1 Episode 7 Review -“Fijian Jungle” – Friday, July 19, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) Helicoptered into the humid but stunning jungles of Fiji, three teams composed of three strangers must navigate themselves through impenetrable dense rain forests and sky-scraping mountainous peaks in order to locate a briefcase full of cash in just 72 hours. All they have to […]

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Hurricane Rita in Entertainment Weekly – 72 Hours

I’m in Entertainment Weekly. Really. That’s the absolute last magazine I’d ever thought I’d be in…well…I guess it’s tied with Glamour, Vogue, Seventeen, and…well any magazine that expects a woman to wear makeup and cater to what society demands. It was quite a shock to actually hold the magazine in my hands and see myself […]

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Home Sweet Home – Van Living

It’s official. John and I technically bought our first fixer-upper house together yesterday! Van living, here we come! We now own a 1992 Ford Econoline E-150 Conversion Van. We’ll call it home for short until she earns a name like our GPS. (Or hopefully not like our GPS….) Look! We already put the Purple Heart tags […]

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Defying Death to Dance – A Paralyzed Zumba Instructor Makes a Comeback

One Zumba Instructor’s Fight Past Paralysis and Chronic Pain to Dance When I first realized I would need to learn to walk again, I felt a kind of numbing acceptance. Sure. I’ll learn to walk again, because I don’t want to stop my love of movement quite yet. I would have laughed at you if […]

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