News for the Week

From Donna:

Forest fires to the left, hurricane to the right, I feel like I’m singing a version of Jimmy Buffet’s song Fins. Seriously, for those of our readers in Hurricane Harvey’s path, stay safe! And if you’re one of our Montana neighbors dealing with the Lolo Peak Fire, currently the largest in the nation, or any of the other fires in the West—hang in there. And get out of the smoke, if you can, even for a little while. Alan and I have finally planned an escape to the Oregon Coast. More about that next week.

Always Hungry update: “Mama said there’d be days like this.” Taking a cue from that old song, Mama Said by The Shirelles, I don’t have much to report about progress this week. Yes, I’ve hit a plateau. Okay, I gained a pound. But instead of worrying about it, I’m looking for ways to refocus. I’ll be paying even more attention to stopping eating when I’m 80% full. And I’m going to move more because exercise has taken a downward slide since the Bitterroot Valley filled with smoke. Thanks for letting me stay accountable by reporting my progress here. If you have questions, send me an email.

From Nicole:

Hello, everybody! I’m back in action after a few weeks off. I loved lazing around the beach on a family vacation, but the highlight was definitely a surprise visit from a long lost family member! I hadn’t seen my little cousin in over 20 years and although it was a quick visit, it’s always great to see family on this side of the world!

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This Week’s Articles

In our guest article this week, Jill Dobbe explores Panama’s indigenous Kuna indians and their famous Mola Art.

Planning an autumn adventure in Italy? Check out Donna’s list of the traveling duo’s favorite places to stay in Italy.