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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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Bonfire! UP Maroons end 2 decades of Final 4 absence

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title It means something more this time.The Fighting Maroons  routed the La Salle Green Archers, 97-81, at Mall of Asia Arena to clinch a berth in the UAAP Season 81 semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis will be the first Final Four appearance for UP since 1997—about two years before Juan Gomez de Liaño was born.The sweet-shooting guard, coming off the bench anew in a second-round adjustment meant to address production from the reserves, poured in 27 points to lead UP to this historic victory. Eala makes good use of break View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Older brother Javi, born the year after the Maroons’ last semifinal appearance, added 19 points. Bright Akhuetie provided the muscle for the Maroons in the paint, notching 16 points and 20 rebounds.“I painted to them the picture of us not having any accolades in the past decades, so for us to get this chance, the opportunity, it just happened,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.“The players were able to grasp the idea that this was their chance for history.”And after a slight wobble to start the match, the Maroons went out to seize that history.After trailing 16-11 late in the first, the Fighting Maroons went on a blistering 33-5 run across the first two quarters and took a 34-21 lead on Jun Manzo’s jumper with 6:24 left.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwo decades of an agonizing wait—including stretches where a single win in the season was cause for celebration—came to an emphatic, emotional end Wednesday evening.Light your bonfire, University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT It was a rout from thereon as the Gomez de Liaño siblings and Akhuetie took turns punishing La Salle’s defense.The Fighting Maroons ended the elimination round tied with La Salle at 8-6 (win-loss) but grabbed the No. 3 spot on quotient.Far Eastern University, at 7-6, can force a playoff for the No. 4 spot if it wins against Adamson in its last game.It was an emotional scene at the UP bench as the clock counted to zero—and it was understandable. UP has had a string of bad seasons, including winless years where a mere victory was enough to draw bonfire celebrations at the Diliman campus.Earlier, Ateneo showed no mercy despite playing in a nonbearing game as it ripped University of Santo Tomas apart, 102-62.The Blue Eagles already locked up a twice-to-beat advantage going into the game against the eliminated Growling Tigers but the defending champions knew momentum was still of utmost importance for them going to the semifinals.A 16-0 start was enough for the defending champions, who own a league-best 12-2 record, to hold off the Growling Tigers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG MUFF U14s WIN DIVISION 2 FINAL

first_imgNAOMH PADRAIG Muff caused an upset in this evening’s U14 Northern Board B Final when they overcame favourites Fanad Gaels at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.It was a very tight game with the defences on both teams on top throughout.Muff led by three points to no score at half-time. But the Gaels came out fighting in the second half and really made a game of it.In fact had Fanad taken a clear goal chance, the result would have been quite different.But it is the Inishowen boys who are celebrating, winning on a scoreline of 0-05 to 0-03.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG MUFF U14s WIN DIVISION 2 FINAL was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:B finalBOYSfanad gaelsNaomh Padraig Muffu14last_img read more

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