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Wishing You Less in 2022: What’s Your New Years Priority?

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As we move toward another new year, I'm considering what's a priority. On a recent Saturday afternoon, my husband and I were walking in Boston’s Back Bay and shared a stunned expression. We had a free afternoon in front of us. No plans or commitments – I hadn’t felt like that…By jbadmin|
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Taking it on The Road (part three) Mother / Daughter #vanlife

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This essay was originally published on Medium.com  A week after selling our home of twenty years, the house in which we raised a family (and collected generations worth of bric-a-brac), I exercised my first expression of freedom — three weeks in the Pacific Northwest with our…By Jeanne|
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Returning East: Road Trip as Art Across America

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This essay was originally published on Medium.com under the title "Returning East: Lessons Learned on a Pandemic Road Trip." Whereas our trek West as our road trip began in January had been motivated by the urgent need to arrive, our return trip was intentionally drawn out, our desire…By jbadmin|
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Our Road Trip and Tips for Yours

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This essay originally appeared on Medium.com.  After reading my recent essay about “The Value of a Grown-up Gap Year” in Moms Don't Have Time to Write, many people asked, “But, won’t you tell me where you actually went on this road trip?” And even as I nodded, “yes,”…By jbadmin|
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The Value of a Grown-Up Gap Year

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This essay was originally published in the Travel section of Moms Don't Have Time To as "The Value of a Grown-Up Gap Year." I was skiing my way onto a chairlift at the Crested Butte ski resort in Colorado when a fellow masked and ‘single’ rider asked if he could join me. After…By jbadmin|
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A Quest for Quiet and the Ability to Live in it

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This essay was originally published on Medium.com. My husband and I are on a road trip this winter. With freedom heralded in by an empty nest and working from home, we loaded the car on New Year’s Day and began driving west. We’re keeping to ourselves, preparing and eating our…By jbadmin|
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