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I just returned from a two-week vacation with my husband, Ted McMahon, to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We sailed the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Venice on a Prairie Home Companion cruise with Garrison Keillor. Lots of music, good food and many sights to behold.

I got a chance to sit down and read a book (Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, which I highly recommend). But more than anything, I got a chance to take stock of my life, asking (as I have many times): am I doing what I want/should be doing with my life? Am I spending enough time with friends and family? Am I savoring day-to-day life?

The answer didn’t (and shouldn’t) come as an automatic “yes”. It is a real question that welcomes thought and I think (hope) we all ask ourselves this question now and then.

I am grateful to have a profession in photography and teaching that has given me a lot of happiness over a thirty-year career. Sometimes it is more demanding than I would wish. But I can’t imagine NOT doing what I do.

On my trip, I resolved to tweak things a bit. Try to spend more time with friends. Try for more art time. Find some time to read and play music. But overall, I love my life and am blessed by what it gives me in return.

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