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Annie Scholl is a writer, photographer and speaker who is passionate about living fully awake. Her desire is to help people discern what it means …

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Wilted sunflower in North Carolina.

My friend Delise would have been 54 today. But complications of something called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) took her away when she was just …

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Election night, my wife and I went out to eat at a Thai and sushi restaurant about 10 miles from our home in rural Central …

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There I am, among photographs of a dinner table waiting for guests; a peahen, her pale white crest every bit as captivating as her cobalt …

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Annie's Fitbit numbers

My Fitbit report arrived yesterday. It told me I logged 61,585 steps last week. Not bad considering I didn’t get serious until Nov. 11 – …

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It’s Day #5 of using my Fitbit to the fullest. Like yesterday, my heart isn’t in writing this blog. I’m thinking of France and Beirut …

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Owen reading with a man at Sport Clips

Yesterday didn’t start out well. Owen, my 3-year-old grandson, was parked in front of the TV because his mama didn’t feel well and his Nana …

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Oct 2008 v Oct 2014

Day #2 went well for me – after a bit of a rough start. Low back pain kept me in bed late. But I rallied, …

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Mary after losing 83 pounds

It’s Day #2 of using my activity tracker (Fitbit) the way it’s meant to be used: to track my steps, food, water and sleep. Yesterday …

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I got on the scale this morning: 162.8 – up 7 pounds since late last January. Body fat’s up. Hips and waist and thighs, etc. …

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Annie

I have to write this before the sweat dries and I change my mind: I’m going to blog about my adventures with my FitBit. I …

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On Sunday night, I talked with a family member who voted for Donald Trump. She doesn’t hate or endorse hate. She’s not stupid or ignorant. …

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The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The neighbor’s Trump signs are down. Frost coats the grass. My dogs greet the neighbor dog. A …

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This blog first appeared on Huffington Post, November 2, 2016. I was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about 95 miles northeast of Fairfield, home to …

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There are times as a writer that I surely think “who cares?” Who cares if I write? Do I care if I write? Why AM …

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This blog posted on Huffington Post on 09-02-15. My friend is fighting for her life. Prayer requests are going out and prayers are going up. …

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ninas mugs

My friend Nina gave them to us as a wedding present: two mugs that were made in Cameroon, a country that’s been called Africa’s “throbbing …

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