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Carving out the middle of your life

This not so great photo (taken with my cellphone) is of a unique bar of soap given to guests in the Hotel Bellevue. It comes with a hole in the middle and this explainer: “This innovative waste reducing soap has been designed to eliminate the unused center of traditional bar soaps.”

It makes so much sense, as a bar of soap. As a metaphor. So here's the question: What part of your life would you carve away because it was a waste?

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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