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Months before our 25th anniversary, my wife and I vowed to do something special. But as the date drew closer, it seemed unlikely we would do much beside work. We couldn’t even go home from our jobs, since we lived above the front office of the Maine oceanfront campground where we work as sea-kayaking guides,…

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Apprehension building, I adjust my grip on the fraying ash-wood shafts of the two canoe paddles I’m balancing. The broad blades dig deeper into my 14-year-old shoulders as the weight shifts overhead. The paddles are tied to the wooden thwarts of a 17-foot canoe that is resting upside-down on my crown and spine like a…

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As a child, whenever I asked to play outside, the answer was almost always, “No.” I spent the first four years of my life in a neighborhood of Section 8 housing in South Texas. My mother was chiefly concerned with my safety, of course, and in her eyes, safety and playing outside were mutually exclusive….

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I remember my first big hike like it was yesterday: 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Front Royal to Keyes Gap, Va., over a week in 2009 with friends. Let’s just say it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I wasn’t in any kind of shape for hiking, much less for the Roller Coaster, 13…

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Cancer came roaring into our lives in the coldest part of the year—a fitting entrance for a brutish disease. My boyfriend, Garrett, was diagnosed with lymphoma in March. Where we live, in Maine, March isn’t even mud season. It’s winter, plain and simple, filled with icicles and hoarfrost and cabin fever. There’s never a good…

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