A New Running Record

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Sometimes it is such a struggle to go running. Today was one of those days: a long, tiring 8 hours at work, followed by an open-mouthed doze on the subway ride home. It took every ounce of energy I had to motivate myself to lace up my Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 sneakers, but in the end I was glad that I did because I earned a new Nike achievement.

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Book Review: In Sunlight and In Shadow

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From Ernest Hemingway to Tim O’Brien, I find myself often drawn to war stories, especially those in which war rests at the periphery. In Mark Helprin’s nearly 700-page novel, In Sunlight and In Shadow, Harry Copeland has returned from World War II to his Manhattan home, where he assumes responsibility for his deceased father’s leather goods business. But the business is going under and the situation only worsens after he sweeps actress Catherine Hale off her feet and away from her wealthy and powerful fiance. Harry, who only wants peace but can’t resist the urge to stand up for what’s right, decides to take on the mafia boss extorting Copeland Leather.

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A Perfect Summer Recipe: Berry Pie

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Now that the temperature has reached its seasonal peak, I crave my favorite summer foods: lemonade, pineapple-and-shrimp skewers, burgers slathered with ketchup, fresh corn, sand-dusted sandwiches on the beach, and fruit-filled pies. The best summer pies have a flavor that bursts in your mouth, sticky and sweet yet refreshingly tangy.

So when my coworker (the same one I attended BookCon with) invited me to her new apartment for dinner, what else could I bring for dessert but a warm, homemade, blueberry-raspberry pie? This easy, simple recipe requires minimal preparation and offers great results. (Full disclosure: I adapted this from a Good Housekeeping blueberry pie recipe.)

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Blueberry-raspberry pie cooling on the stovetop.

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Recipe: Gemelli with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

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As I promised almost exactly one month ago when I did some research on Italian parsley, I’m finally sharing a healthy and delicious pasta recipe that you can use it in. I first saw this recipe in The Good Life, but I’ve made some modifications to it that I think dramatically improve its flavor. Another bonus is that it’s pretty simple to make, as long as you have enough time to wait for the tomatoes to soften.

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Forming New Relationships through Blogging (and Facebook)

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I’m so thankful to everyone who has followed or liked a post on this blog so far. In an effort to connect with more readers and create even more meaningful relationships, I’ve decided to try something new and create a Pineapple Sage Facebook page, where I can share additional photos, news clips, or some shorter updates that don’t quite warrant the status of a full blog post.

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Learning Yoga: Boat Pose

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There’s nothing like yoga at 4:30 a.m. to loosen your limbs and energize your mind, getting you ready to face the day ahead. One of the poses I’ve been trying to accomplish lately is Paripurna Navasana, or full boat pose. Paripurna mean “full, entire, complete,” and nava means “boat,” according to Yoga Journal. With its call for extended arms and legs, boat pose reminds me of the pilates “hundred” exercise—-only harder! As part of my ongoing yoga series, I’ll walk you through it using the photos below as a guide.

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