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Fare Well, Live Fresh…and Thanks

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BlogShots 018-1.jpgThis is the post in which we say goodbye. 

We’re both leaving our respective jobs at Beliefnet, and so it’s time to step away from the blog.

So, this is the post in which we say goodbye…by saying thank you.  Thank you to you, the readers, for clicking and visiting and sharing the myriad ways in which you’re making your lives happier, healthier, and more whole.  Thank you to Beliefnet for giving us a platform on which to think through how we could do the same.

And finally, thanks to each other, because collaborating on this blog has included much learning and laughing, and it’s turned a collegial relationship into a bona fide friendship.

Each of us has compiled a list of our 5 favorite posts that were written by the other during Fresh Living’s nearly 2-year run.  Consider it a grateful version of “Fresh Living 101.”  And again….thank you!

The 5 Posts by Valerie I’m Most Grateful for
By Holly

On Staying Positive in ‘Tough Times’

I love the casual quotes around ‘tough times’ in this post, which contains 3 easy, do-it-now ways to keep your attitude high when everyone around you is lamenting the tough this, the difficult that.  It’s like a quick rescue from Glumsville.

21 Favorite Songs About Rain

This post turned out to be one of Fresh Living’s most popular, and I think that’s because it’s just plain fun.  What could be more smile-inducing on a rainy day than to contemplate what The Beatles and Milli Vanilli have in common?

How I Kick a Common Cold

I always learn something from Valerie.  I consider her to be my window to the holistic world, a world she fully inhabits and explores while I peek shyly around from just inside the border.  In this post, she shared some really cool (no pun intended) cold remedies.  And I learned a new word (acidophilus)! 

Awakening 9/11 Anniversary Fatigue

“There are other kinds of remembering,” Valerie wrote in this powerhouse essay about finding memorial beauty outside of the over-wrought 9/11 anniversary news reporting.  It’s a beautiful bookmark I plan to re-read every 9/11, and even on some other, more personal anniversaries as well.

Fresh Morning: Love After Love

In the spirit of sharing, Valerie and I took turns offering a thought, idea, or inspiration to help you (and us) start your (our) day.  This is one of my favorites from her, a Derek Walcott poem that urges us to “love again the stranger that was yourself.” Not a bad way to sum up Fresh Living, actually.  Thanks, Valerie.

The 5 Posts by Holly I’m Most Grateful for
By Valerie

Ditto all Holly said about this being such a nourishing, fun,
laughter-filled experiment in co-blogging. Finding my Holly faves was
tough because Miss H. has written so much good stuff–about sifting
through the sworly emotional life, her gorgeous garden, healing from a
truly holistic perspective, honoring the people she loves, and, of
course, food, glorious food. So many days I could almost taste the
muffins she was baking, in her full Taurean honoring of all life’s good
stuff–health, abundance, and butter. Yum.

A Guide to Spring Lettuces

I love Holly’s mini food guides. This one made me especially happy, just thinking about all my new leafy friends. And I mean, this? Pure food wisdom: “I know what you’re thinking: ‘The lettuce isn’t my caloric problem, it’s the gloppy, creamy dressing I smother my salads with that’s my downfall.’  My response to that is, get better lettuce!” Amen!

The Biggest Loser: Why is ‘Yay Me!’ So Hard?

This was a follow-up to a post about her fellow aquacizer’s proclamation: “I’m so proud of myself!”–a phrase we rarely hear from anyone, ever. So poignant. And then Holly flipped it into a question that related to “Biggest Loser” (which I now love vicariously), that I’ve never gotten out of my head: “What would you say “Yay me!” about?”

Thanksgiving Crafts: Fabric Leaf Place Cards!

Since her life is so much more adult-looking (from the pictures, at least) than mine, I love when we get to see Holly’s home. And this post felt so personal and sweet and helpful. I love these leafy place settings. Go crafts! This year I’m totally making these in hot pink.

The Anniversary of a Loss

I well up each time I read this post about the passing of Holly’s uncle Craig. It’s the star that gets me. Someone willing to put a silver star sticker on his forehead for a laugh? And a niece who appreciates that? I look at the photo in this and I miss a warm, funny man I’ve never met. Thanks, Holly.

In Memory of My Fascinating Grandmother

Gaga. Not Lady, but Holly’s grandma. A smarty knock-out with a sense of humor as big as her boldness. I love how Holly remembers her red lipstick, the books she wrote, the bits they played together, and this: “How many kids can truthfully say this sentence: ‘I learned the story of Jesus from my Jewish grandmother’?”

Thanks, thanks, thanks all around!  And if you’d like to follow us on our personal blog journeys, you can find Valerie here: www.valeriereiss.com/blog and Holly here: http://soilsparks.typepad.com/.



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bird

posted July 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm


Ladies–I am verklempt. It’s been fantastic following your blog. I have learned so much about health, wholeness, and joy. You will be missed more than I can say. Love always, Bird



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jennifer mazzucco

posted July 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm


i will miss you on fresh living! it was on my blog roll and i went to it for daily inspiration… thanks for the shout outs you gave my blog… please keep going on your personal blog v! xoj



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Jill

posted July 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm


I too loved Fresh Living, and as sad as I am to see it go, I am looking forward to following Sparks In The Soil (the other blog didn’t have email signup) :( Thanks for all of your time at Beliefnet ladies!
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Kristen

posted July 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm


A thousand thanks for the almost daily inspiration. Loved it.
Here’s hoping you both give yourselves a big honkin’ “Yay, me!!” for your work here. Well done. :)



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Amy

posted July 3, 2010 at 2:02 am


Who knew a shared blog could work so well? You two were a dreamy duo. I am grateful. And sad. Onwards. Give your hardworking hands and arms a needed rest for a while, then keep writing! Love, CM



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Corinne Rodrigues

posted July 3, 2010 at 3:41 am


Ladies – You’ll be missed. I looked forward to your wisdom and the smiles you brought to this corner of the world – Mumbai, India. May you continue to bloom where you’re planted :)
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posted July 3, 2010 at 9:43 am


kudos to both of you – the dynamic duo!! and thanks for all of your uplifting articles that were posted. i wish you both the best ~ onward and upward!!



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posted July 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm


Aw, thanks, everyone! Yay, you!



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posted July 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm


Ladies it has been a pleasure and inspiration reading your words. Keep the faith as you move on to your next mission. Peace…mm



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posted July 7, 2010 at 5:56 am


I have really enjoyed your blog posts and am sorry to see you go. Best of luck to you both in the future!



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posted July 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm


Now that I have linked your blog to everything I can think of–so others can enjoy–poof!!! However, I guess it’s time for all your peeps to leave the nest too and test out the different ways we were inspired. They are numerous and hopefully you both truly understand how many lives you have actually touched in one way or another. Exit stage left and on to the next production. Cue curtain—applause—take another bow –roses galore for both. Holly and Valerie have left the building….



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posted July 27, 2010 at 8:07 am


I am so Happy that I was moved to comeon this morning otherwise I would have missed the opportunity too say Farewell, and of course Best of It All!
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