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Mountain Mama Reviews a New Book About the Sailing Life

first_imgKeys to the Kingdom: A Rising Young Lawyer Who Found the Key by Losing the LockFor anyone struggling to muster up the courage to leave behind an office job in search of a dream life, Annie Dike’s book The Keys to the Kingdom is for you.  Written with southern charm and light-hearted wit, it’s the perfect book to curl up on a dark winter evening.At the tender age of thirty, Annie finds herself freshly divorced. She examines other aspects of her life and agonizes over walking away from a law career she spent years creating. The idea of starting over fills her with fear and anxiety. She worries that everyone, especially the law partners she’s worked so hard to please, will consider her nuts.Once she confronts the realty that she’s living in a prison of her own making by chasing security and money when she really craves an interesting, experience-rich life, she leaves the practice of law for good.After a dating spree, Annie meets her version of prince charming, Philip, who is also a recovering attorney. Deciding that marriage isn’t for her, she and Philip become adventure companions and the two buy a sailboat, Plaintiff’s Rest. On days too windy to sail, the pair kite surfs and on windless days, Annie uses the mast to rig up her aerial silks to dance through the air.24The book skims the surface of Annie’s finances. The divorce leaves her struggling to get out of an upside-down mortgage while still paying off school loans, but the book leaves certain money matters unexplained, like how Annie scrambles up the money to buy the sailboat and affords the cruising life.Keys of the Kingdom offers readers an up-close view of life under sail on Annie’s boat. The time on the glimmering sea transforms her from a pasty, unfit desk jockey into a toned and tanned sailor babe. Sailing also bought out her spark in a way that the law never had. Annie writes, “It was as if my life had been fuzzy for years – each day a dull, hazy repetition of the one before – and it was finally now clicked into focus, everything in high-def.”She soon discovers that the quit-and-sail-away fantasy requires just as much work as practicing law. From climbing the mast to retrieve the halyard to sleepless nights worried about equipment failures to getting caught in weather, Annie spends her fair share of time wet, salty, and uncomfortable. Even in the most challenging moments, she wouldn’t have it any other way, knowing that life on a sailboat is the place she most wants to be.3D-2“The wear of the passage – the uncomfortable conditions your body sometimes has to endure for hours on end – makes you truly appreciate the stillness, the security of being in port or on anchor. The simple act of washing my face after we were docked felt like a lavish experience. . . The more discomfort you endure, the more comfort you find. One enables and enriches the other.”Amazon releases Keys to the Kingdom this Friday, December 11th. For more information, check out Annie’s website havewindwilltravel.com.last_img read more

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Nedim Buza and Adin Vrabac Enter NBA Draft

first_imgYoung players of the Basketball club Spars, Nedim Buza and Adin Vrabac will participate in the NBA draft. This was confirmed by the director of the club Nermin Selimović.Several web pages in the USA have already published the information, and journalist Jonathan Givony, who works for the Draft Express, have classified Nedim Buza on the list of 100 young talents with the most potential. Buza is in 61st place.“Buza and Vrabac will play with all NBA scouts in the camp in Treviso, Italy on 6 June. The mere fact that they are going to Treviso will be the ideal chance for them to present themselves. When they arrive to Trevisio, after some time, it will be evident which club will eventually take the players”, said Nermin Selimović, the director of Spars.He emphasized that players until 22 years of age will participate in the camp.The NBA draft is scheduled for 26th June this year.(Source: Klix)last_img read more

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