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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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NAFCU closely monitoring coronavirus

first_img continue reading » The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week provided an update on the spread of the coronavirus also being referred to as COVID-19, as new cases were confirmed in Italy, Iran and South Korea. NAFCU is closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis and encourages its members and stakeholders to follow government updates to stay informed of the newest developments and guidance.In total, the United States is tracking 60 confirmed cases; no deaths have been reported. Per a briefing from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the U.S. cases include: 42 former passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship; 3 Americans recently repatriated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak; 14 patients had either recently been to China or are a spouse of someone who recently returned from China; and one contracted the illness through unknown means and is currently being treated at UC Davis Medical Center.NAFCU conferences are currently still planned to go on in the coming months; however, NAFCU staff will notify members and conference attendees should anything change. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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January 24, 2019 Police Blotter

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Happy to Make Teams Dance to Our Tunes After Win: Mohammed Shami

first_imgRanchi: The Indian pace battery Mohammed Shami can now make batsmen ‘dance’ to their tunes even in home conditions which traditionally is known for being spin-friendly, pacer Mohammed Shami said on Tuesday after helping the side script a historic 3-0 series whitewash against South Africa.Shami picked up 13 wickets in three Tests, the highest by a fast bowler in the series, while pace partner Umesh Yadav snared 11 in his comeback series.”Indian conditions were always known to be spin-friendly. Now we have that power, among our pacers, that we can make batsmen dance with the bat,” Shami told wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha on the BCCI website after India’s innings and 202-run victory on Day 4 of the third and final rubber.Besides delivering with the ball since replacing injured Jasprit Bumrah in the side, Umesh also smashed a whirlwind 10-ball 31 in the first innings, his entertaining innings laced with five sixes.Asked if he celebrated Diwali days ahead of the festival, Umesh said: “I got a match after a long time. Captain gave the liberty to go for the kill and I hit the ball. I enjoyed it a lot.”Shami chipped in by saying that previously Indian tailenders used to struggle on overseas conditions, but now they can hit big also when needed.”When we used to go overseas, we used to dance to the bowlers’ tunes. In today’s culture, bowlers can bat. We have been showing in recent times that we can bat as well and hit also.” IANSAlso Read: Mohammed Shami Going to Thrive Under Kohli: Shoaib AkhtarAlso Watch: Nagaon Body Builder brings laurels winning Natural Body Building Union International-2019last_img read more

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