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Ryon Harms
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I am a born optimist, a widower, a father, and a writer reborn. I quit my happy life to write an extraordinary true story for my daughter about love, struggle and purpose. My next chapter is unwritten. Follow my travels through South America on my blog at www.ryonharms.com to witness how my optimism unfolds. You can email him at ryon.harms@gmail.com.

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Live a Life Worth Writing About

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Where does the canvas end? Alexa Meade's TEDTalk "Your Body is My Canvas" shows how a canvas can be more than a plain-woven fabric stretched over a wood frame. Alexa discovered a gift for extending her...

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Never Let the Details Get In the Way of a Good Story

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:01 PM

I love a good story. I love good stories so much that I want my own life to be one. I want to follow my bliss, visit exotic locations, open the world to my daughter, get to know interesting people, and write it all down to share with kindred spirits....

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What's Your Breaking Point?

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Take a moment to relax. Lean your neck back and then swivel it in half circles from side to side. Go ahead. It feels good to stretch out your neck when you're a little stressed. Now imagine a world where that release isn't possible. Maybe your neck was precariously rebuilt...

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A Widow and a Widower Walk Into a Bar

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 10:22 AM

When is a coincidence not a coincidence? If you believe in synchronicity, two or more events can be meaningfully related. Some believe meaningful coincidences happen in isolation. Others believe, like I do, that all events have meaning, and that the occasional dramatic example tends to become obvious to us only...

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10 Rules to Live By in Sickness and in Health

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:54 PM

I'm writing this post on what might have been my 10th wedding anniversary with Laurie. Looking back on eight inspired years of marriage, I'm reminded of the legacy of deliberate living she left behind. Below are 10 rules to live by she taught me that will eventually guide my memoir...

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5 Life Lessons of a Pathological Optimist

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 1:51 PM

path·o·log·i·cal: being such to a degree that is extreme, excessive, or markedly abnormal.

I am preoccupied. Since quitting my happy life, I've been singularly obsessed with writing a memoir for my daughter. As the narrator, I've been grappling with the characteristics that define me. One consistent impetus has emerged:...

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Walt Whitman Said to Quit My Job

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 11:46 AM

I don't remember exactly how I bumped into Walt Whitman. I hadn't read his poems in 10 years. A few months ago, I took a break from studying performance reports at work and decided to surf online for poems instead. At the time, I was handwriting poems on the dry...

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Why I Quit My Happy Life

(23) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Last week I quit my rewarding job at a respected company. I moved out of my dream place on the sand in Malibu. I left a life that took years of persistent work to create. Was it worth it? I'm not sure, but I'm heading full speed towards the answer.

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