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  1. A Long-Expected Party

    · 8 min read ·
    Hiking at Castle in the Clouds, Lakes Region, NH
    Hiking at Castle in the Clouds, Lakes Region, NH

  2. In Memory Of Mark Mercer

    · 5 min read ·
    Mark, doing what he did best.

    Losing a loved one is always hard. What I’ve learned from loss, so far, is that everybody grieves differently; that each one is hard in its own right; that the best of our family and friends can live on in our minds even as the last time we saw them stretches backwards in time. All of that said, losing Mark hurt, and I found myself grieving him even before he’d really gone.

  3. A Taste Of The SLO Life

    · 6 min read ·
    A kind stranger took this photo of us at the top of Bishop’s Peak!

    We can’t not write about our recent trip to California that we are most certainly riding a high from. This was the first trip in … a long while … that we went on just for fun! No weddings, no holiday commitments, just friends to see and good times to have!

    We’ve been planning a trip to visit friends Natalie and Ryan in beautiful San Luis Obispo since 2019 (James reminds Sheila) and it …

  4. A Colorado Elopement!

    · 9 min read ·

  5. Interview: A Year Of Quarantine

    · 7 min read ·
    Buckwheat doesn’t even know that there’s a life outside of quarantine

    James: Well, here we are. Five months into home-ownership, and a full year into quarantine. Sorry we’ve taken such a hiatus from our ever-attentive readers. There’s been the tendency to look inwards in this time; I was talking to one of my best friends the other day and we both were remarking about how easy it is to accidentally not keep people in touch, since with the people you …

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