I’m an extreme morning person. It’s no effort whatsoever for me to get up early. I don’t have to shake myself awake, and I don’t have to hit snooze ten times before I get out of bed — in fact, I no longer even have to set an alarm. It wasn’t always like this. I…

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I turned 50 yesterday. When people talk about a milestone birthday like this, they usually say one of two things: “I still feel the same on the inside” and “I can’t believe I’m XX.” Well, I don’t feel the same on the inside — and that’s a good thing. And I can believe that I’m…

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I vividly remember riding in the car with my parents on the way to the beach. My brother and I would be crammed into the back of our wood-paneled station wagon with suitcases, our two hamsters, and a bunch of other stuff we didn’t need, playing I Spy to entertain ourselves. Every 20 minutes or…

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