Keep Moving Forward

Anyone who knows me well knows my mantra is “keep moving forward.” I learned it from my mother, who no doubt picked it up from her Swedish immigrant father, who came to America as a teenage farmhand. By the time he died, he’d amassed five farms of his own, spanning hundreds of fertile acres, and served his southwest Iowa community as a popular county commissioner. The Swedish version of “keep moving forward” is titta inte tillbaka, du går inte så, or “don’t look back; you’re not going that way.”

Given my innate preference to always focus on what is in front of me, writing ...

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