Blogging and the Courage to Grow (& Free Giveway)

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who…

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Magical Sundays & Time: What Do You Do When You Want To Do Everything?

Sundays are magical to me. They are the rainbow after a rainstorm, crocuses in Spring, caramel on a Sundae; they are cheese fondue, hazelnut chocolate, creme broulee. They are bright and sparkling and all mine. They are days of rest, days of alone time, days to catch up, days to get out running or be…

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Versatile Blogger Award

In this post I have nominated Versatile Blogger Award blogs that I think you would love.

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Running In The Darkness of Life

How many of you out there are runners? And how many of you have run on trails at nighttime in the dark of winter, trusting your footing will hold you steady? And whether or not you run, do you know how it feels to step into the darkness of your life, not knowing where the…

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Dogs: They Never Ghost Us or Abandon Us

“Everyone knows that dogs can be firehose-like gushers of unqualified love.”  Today I enjoyed an essay from The New York Times by Amy Sutherland on the incredible love connection between dogs and humans: Opening the Heart’s Floodgates, With A Paw. Our beloved dog companions might eat our shoes or snatch a piece of roast beef off…

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Cats Who Love Wilderness Adventures

This morning I came across a whole new genre of blogs and social media: cats who love adventure. Hiking in flower-covered hills, sleeping in tents, walking on fence-edges of railings, perching on the edge of mountains and the tips of rowboats and sailboats with the wind in their faces… you name it, they love it.…

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How Do Acts of Love Inspire Your Day?

“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”     —Jean Vanier (founder of L’Arche) Doing ordinary things with extraordinary love–what does this really mean? What would you consider an ordinary thing and how can this small act be transformed for someone else into extraordinary…

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For the Love of Dogs (after an article by Adam Green about his beloved Quincy)

Recently I fell in love with an essay in Vogue written by Adam Green. In fact, much more than an essay, it was a heartfelt narrative of grief, and had me in tears not far through. An honest, tender, and loving articulation of the writer’s loss of his dog Quincy, as well as this dog’s…

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Beauty in the Sky

This was only the second blog story I ever posted when Away In Autumn started as a travel blog and I was visiting Iceland and Scotland. In autumn of course. What an amazing adventure. I keep coming back to this post lately, and deeply missing those green luminous Northern Lights and this majestic experience of…

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Beautiful words to inspire

Some valuable words (first part of a poem) from a lovely American poet, Jane Kenyon, who died several years ago from cancer. She shared a genuine, honest, brave, and vulnerable attitude through her beautiful words, and she experienced sincere moments of gratitude. Otherwise I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have…

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