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Ree Varcoe
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Now officially kiwified, Ree has been living in New Zealand with her family for over 12 years. This Georgia native is viewing the world through slightly green-colored lenses these days and believes living fearlessly comes from loosening one’s grip on the familiar. Conversion happens readily 'down-under' where a spot of manuka honey fixes every ailment and flat white coffees reign supreme.

Entries by Ree Varcoe

Being There

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:20 PM

I am lucky all those bumps and bruises I inflicted on my head growing up as a rowdy kid don't actually show. I know this because my children and husband shaved my head bald just over a week ago, amid giggles and uproarious laughter by friends and strangers alike. My...

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Breaking Free of Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:46 PM

Is there a junk drawer or even a junk room at your house? I have to fess up: There's always been one in mine. Started at my childhood home. Definitely in the basement laundry room when I was very little. Then it graduated to a spacious room that my parents...

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Living in a Rut

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Like most people, I live most of my life in a rut. But that doesn't bother me.

I've often heralded the value of taking an unfamiliar path once in a while. I find trying new things to be refreshing and invigorating. But let's face it; we all know that life...

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Sharing Oxygen

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:03 AM

If you're like me, you enjoy giving back and volunteering in your community. Your donation of either money or time might not be a grand gesture or something you're able to offer consistently, but you'd like to believe what you give actually counts for something. What constitutes that 'something' has...

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A Lesson About Less

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 7:01 AM

Exactly three months ago I was standing in awe in front of the Taj Mahal on one of the first days of what would be an excellent, ego-shifting adventure. It was just a simple vacation booked online at a discount, offered at a time I really longed for one. I...

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Our Fearless Independents

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 8:00 AM

2012-09-17-Colin.jpgMy friend Colin Hancock is a bit of a treasure in our New Zealand town. He's been in the outdoor gear business for 41 years. His store, Trek 'n' Travel, has been on the city's main drag since 1996. Colin's shop...

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Fearless Children Can Inspire a Nation

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2012 | 11:00 AM

I always tell my kids they can choose to do absolutely anything in the world they want when they grow up. So they need to do some work now, at school age, to have their choice at what they'd like to do in college and beyond. Lately, I've seen how...

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Be The Fearless Sheriff Of Your Own Mayberry

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 8:06 AM

I was very sad to hear that Andy Griffith died. His show's jaunty, whistling theme had always signaled the start of 30 minutes of sitcom delight for us in a time when families sat together to enjoy largely wholesome programming on television. "It's Andy Griffith!" Dad would shout, and we...

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Fearlessly Share What's In Your Heart

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 9:15 AM

I have a cousin named Maxine. She grew up with my mother, an only child, and they were the best of friends. Maxine was named after my own grandfather, apparently a crusty old banker, who died just before I was born. Her children grew up playing with my sister and...

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Fearless Forgiveness

(4) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 9:08 AM

A few short weeks ago, the front page of our newspapers spelled out a story of tragedy. Lives had been lost through a moment of carelessness. Three vans full of college friends, mostly from the Boston area, were on their way to take part in a great adventure: New Zealand's...

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Honoring the Honesty Box

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 11:05 AM

There's something about the New Zealand landscape that is just a little beyond special. I'm not talking about the natural, ever-changing and rugged beauty of the place itself, which hits you squarely in the eye at every corner -- that's something we tend to take for granted. It's more the...

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Wonka's Everlasting Gobstopper: The Ultimate Test of Motherhood

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Mother's Day is here again! For some of you, this day means 24 hours of glorious, reverential love from your husband and children, which they've planned with painstaking detail and precision for months, right? As for the rest of us, let's just give ourselves a quiet pat on the back...

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Letting Life Flow 'Down Under'

(3) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Gidday from Down Under, fearless friends! What a privilege to be invited to blog along with the rest in this powerful Becoming Fearless segment. I'm an Atlantan by birth and have been a resident of New Zealand for almost 10 years now. Met a couple of young newlyweds in Cyprus...

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