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When life feels overscheduled, I try to remind myself to stop and take a breath. When I do, it's the trips I've taken and recollections of places I've been to that often come to mind. The pause gives me another perspective. One such memory was a trip to Gothic Chartres Cathedral. Situated on the outskirts of Paris, the stony cathedral, perhaps one of the most beautiful in France, is celebrated for its stained glass windows. When the sun streams through, colors seem suspended, glistening in the air.

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There’s an old saying that the best way to prepare freshly picked corn is to have a pot of water boiling in the corn patch so that you can cook it instantly. It’s best to cook fresh corn as soon after it’s been picked as possible. If fresh corn isn’t stored or prepared properly, its natural sugars start to diminish quickly, resulting in a loss of sweetness within a couple of days.

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Looking upward on a morning run, I was caught off guard when I spotted branches of leaves that were green, turning to yellow and orange. “Whoa,” I said between breaths, “not yet!” Knowing full well I can’t change the march of seasons, I decided to intentionally savor remaining summertime pleasures, including berries and tree-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums.