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Get inspired by Armani the underdog

I witnessed an incredible race over the weekend – a 5K neck-and-neck duel between a Yorkshire terrier and a husky mix and their respective humans. Believe it or not, the short-legged Yorkie pulled it out at the end, with a … Continue reading

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The choranaptyxic workout

I rarely make time for movies these days, so it really bugs me when we choose wrong. While our  younger girls were entertained by the expansion of the Harry Potter universe in “Fantastic Beasts  and Where to Find Them,” I … Continue reading

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Cycling in heels: People who ride to work learn what works

When Rachel Blakeman, compliance officer for the City of Fort Wayne, was telling me about this poster on her office wall last week, she said that some people assume it’s some kind of metaphor for life. “But I really do … Continue reading

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Why can’t I aim lower?

One of the problems with being on a perpetual self-improvement kick is that I am seemingly incapable of simply enjoying life as it is, without constantly trying to nudge it along to what it could be with just a bit … Continue reading

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300 pounds of fat later, how did one sib help the other?

Recently I interviewed a guy who shed 90 pounds and reversed his type 2 diabetes with the help of his sister, who’d lost more than 200 pounds. “I can’t even put into words how much I owe her,” Quinton Horton … Continue reading

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Finding a way to finish

It seems like about the only triathlon I do anymore is the YMCA Busy Body Triathlon, which is roughly the same distance as an Iron Man but gives you eight weeks to finish. To be honest, I was kind of … Continue reading

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Tea plantation visit is a game-changer

I’ve never cared for tea. But after doing some research for this week’s column on our recent visit to North America’s only tea plantation, I came away impressed by the potential health benefits. Seeing the mysterious, long-lived camellia sinensis bush … Continue reading

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Conjuring up your inner kid

The whole time we were in South Carolina last week, this one phrase kept popping up in my mind: The Activity of Living. It was a fragment from a recent lecture by Dr. Rudy Kachmann, longtime neurologist and head of … Continue reading

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Hiking around Charleston

Much as I wish our oldest daughter Rowan lived closer so we could see her more often, I’m really loving the chance to explore Charleston on our periodic short visits here. I was bushed Friday night after our 13-hour drive, … Continue reading

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‘Undoing’ fitness as usual

Books have invited me into different countries, states of mind, social conditions and historical epochs; they have offered me a place at the most unusual gatherings. – Hisham Matar   If the library hadn’t had such a long wait list … Continue reading

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