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I took this photo from the inside of Bob's Antique Indian Motorcycle Sales, on the upper floor above the shop. As I stepped carefully over dusty cardboard boxes and greasy bike parts, light peeked through the squeaky, musty wooden floor. Intrigued by the antique bikes and rusty old parts, I saw beauty rather than devastation. As I paused to consider the rich history surrounding me, and to wonder who might have ridden these old bikes, I looked out the window to catch this beautiful sight. Were they alone and lonely? Or together in peaceful solitude. You decide for yourself, just...

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Damn February, where did you go?  The month of love is nearly over. Flowers, chocolates, fancy dinners or just a romantic night in, there’s no denying the “buzz” that comes with Valentine’s Day, am I right?  What I’m about to share might at first make me sound like a Debbie Downer, but stick with me until the end…   We spent our Valentine’s Day at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know that in July 2019 my husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer affecting his bone marrow. In...

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I’m one of those people that easily loses count of the years rolling by. If you asked me something like “when did you start riding?”, or “how long have you lived in Pennsylvania?” my answer would be something in a very large ballpark, but probably far from reality. As time flies by, to me everything feels like it was just yesterday. So, when I tell you I first met Ann about 10-years ago, understand it was more like 20-years ago. WTF? Ann and I sat next to each other, very randomly, at a networking breakfast back in the early 2000s....

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This was her reason for opting out. I have a pretty thick skin, so let’s start with that. I went to Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and majored in graphic design and visual communications. I learned as a young artist, how to listen to, and accept, constructive criticism. To earn a living as a graphic designer, I had to learn how NOT to get personally attached to my art and ideas. I attribute my success in my graphic design business, in part, to my ability to satisfy my customer without selling out. A balancing act for sure. Now, here I...

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2-weeks ago I quit my “day job” in marketing to finally pursue my passion and become a full-time jewelry designer and business owner. But the journey to this point has been 18-years in the making. Not exactly the typical Disney princess movie. Back in 2002, recovering from an abusive relationship and financial rock-bottom, I sold all of my jewelry tools and supplies to buy groceries for me and my kiddos. I traded everything I had bought and accumulated over the years, easily worth over $5k, for $400 cash. I was broken. But I had no other choice, and so, I...

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