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About Mary Lou Harris

Mary Lou Harris is a proponent of active living, community volunteerism and inquisitive travel. After a post age 60 retirement from a career in public service, she expanded those interests to include ultra-trail running, hiking and extended-stay travel. She can be contacted through her website https://stillarunner.com or on Twitter at @stillarunner.
Latest Posts | By Mary Lou Harris
There Is Something Special About a Road Trip
21 hours ago

There Is Something Special About a Road Trip

When I am feeling hemmed in, the desire to get in the car and head out on a road trip is never far from my mind. Travel by plane, train or bus is fine, but there is something about an automobile that lends an extra air of freedom…
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A Month of Yoga – or 50 Years in the Review Mirror
1 month ago

A Month of Yoga – or 50 Years in the Review Mirror

It is now more than a year since the variations of lockdown and staying at home began. At the point where I was ready to crawl the walls, a month of yoga saved me. As I write this, I have completed a challenge for an on-line 30-day Hatha yoga…
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A Feast of Delicious Recipes and History in One Cookbook
2 months ago

A Feast of Delicious Recipes and History in One Cookbook

Cookbooks have been a collector item for me since I was gifted with one for my wedding. When I travel, my favorite souvenir is usually a local cookbook found along the way. Every good cookbook tells some sort of story. It may be a story…
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Goal Setting Through Vicarious Travel and Exercise
3 months ago

Goal Setting Through Vicarious Travel and Exercise

By  •  Travel

I feel we are on the cusp of gaining some freedom to travel again. Until that becomes a sure thing, I’d like to share with you some virtual activities that can benefit our wellbeing and substitute for our love of travel. I have continually searched…
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We’ve Known Success, Now Let’s Test Our Weaknesses
3 months ago

We’ve Known Success, Now Let’s Test Our Weaknesses

After a lifetime of multiple careers, many of us worked with a high level of skill. Competence was necessary. Now, in retirement, how about indulging ourselves in hobbies, projects, or activities where we are less than competent?
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Lessons for Staying at Home in Pandemic Times
4 months ago

Lessons for Staying at Home in Pandemic Times

There is no escape from the reality that we are at this moment looking into the eye of the Covid storm. The limitations this invisible but ever present enemy places on our lives has made for a difficult 2020. Writing from here in the U.S…
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Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Our Collective Big Sister
5 months ago

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Our Collective Big Sister

Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), I have thought through the changes in our society, some brought about through her legal work. We often hear how those changes have benefited our daughters…
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Streaming My Way via Vicarious Travel
7 months ago

Streaming My Way via Vicarious Travel

By  •  Travel

Freedom to travel continues to be a much-loved experience that I fear won’t be repeated anytime soon. There are many things I miss about visiting other countries, but the most stimulating for me has been absorbing local culture…
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Lifestyle by Nature or How to Adopt a Style of Living That Helps You Thrive
7 months ago

Lifestyle by Nature or How to Adopt a Style of Living That Helps You Thrive

Earlier this summer, a running friend told me of a book she was reading written by an amazing woman. The more she talked, I began to realize I had met this author. Still a young thing in my 50s, I participated in a Chi Running Workshop…
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Indoors or Out-of-Doors – How has the COVID epidemic changed our behavior?
9 months ago

Indoors or Out-of-Doors – How has the COVID epidemic changed our behavior?

Some of us have always been out there. The runners, the walkers, those with dogs and not – we have always expanded our days, from sunrise to sunset and beyond, with time in the out-of-doors. Due to what I hope are…
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