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On losing 20lbs…

I have lost 20 lbs. Yippee. I have done this in 50 days, losing 7lbs in the three weeks since I returned home from Duke Diet and Fitness center. There are those of you who will scoff I know, saying … Continue reading

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The Near-Perfect Day

The day started with a delivery of a bumper birthday box from Scottish Susan. She sent some fancy soap and lotion, a lovely orange pen and notebook and two cookbooks to help with my calorie counting and portion control: Lighten … Continue reading

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Nonchalance at the Natatorium

It’s odd to be the new girl. Especially in the week I celebrate my birthday. I am simultaneously older than I have ever been and newer than I have ever been. I have a new office and a new laptop … Continue reading

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California Gurl

 A week in a damp anorak in a rented caravan on a bleak Atlantic outpost. This was a childhood vacation in Northern Ireland back in the 1960s and is a model I recommend to all parents today. Particularly those parents … Continue reading

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Belly ache

I woke up in some discomfort and the feeling persisted all day. The large white area known as my stomach was sore. I tried to diagnose the problem without the aid of medical staff at the Duke Diet and Fitness … Continue reading

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Counting Beads

The evangelical branch of the family will have been startled to see the title of this post. They are alert to anything that feels like a move towards Rome, following yesterday’s appearance at Duke University Chapel (Very high church. Lots of … Continue reading

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Willpower is for dummies

All the roads in this part of North Carolina seem to have at least three identifying numbers. Tonight I was simultaneously on the 15, the 501 and 85. A road can be marked both South Alston and East 55. Rt 147, … Continue reading

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Lovely Day Petunia

We’re safely back at the Tranquility Pool after a near-drowning incident at the beach. The Cackler was supine on the sand after a long walk this morning when I decided to trust to the tides and enjoy a short swim. The beach … Continue reading

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A wedding, a graduation, and a fistful of pills

It’s hard to determine when it all went horribly wrong. I think it was when the dog peed on the living room carpet. Scottish Susan thinks it was the moment her sciatica started up, even before she set tremulous foot on American soil. … Continue reading

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