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IMG_1362IMG_1398June 26 2014I was very blessed during this summer to take two amazing vacations. Yes, two. I know. But I had the opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef with one of my Aussie sisters, and then meet my mother, other sister and niece in Brisbane for some whale watching. Both incredible, once in a lifetime experiences.


Then in late summer, off to Italy, from Florence to Vernazza to Chianti to Rome.
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Rome Sicily Rochester April 2008 010 One thing these breaks did, besides visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world, was to help me focus intensely and critically on my writing. (After all, that was an amazing amount of touring.) To just get it done. And be critical and as questioning as my Third Grade Book Club.

So Della told me her story and Drafts 1 and 2 are done. This is a running start. Simultaneously, after skin surgery and plantar fasciitis, I am back to running. All systems are GO.


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