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Valerie Albarda

Valerie Albarda typically writes about food, but she recently discovered her penchant for travel writing and writing about midlife. Her perfect day would involve traveling, eating and writing about it all. Valerie has been a lover of all things food for many years. She shows her appreciation for food by chronicling her culinary journeys near and far on her blog, Bon Vivant. In contrast, her website,, explores her intrinsic writing self. She has written three books, including her most recent title,
Gettin’ Back To Happy“.Follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Klout.Instagram: vauryleigh

Valerie Albarda writes regularly at Midlife-A-Go-Go. This post was originally featured there. Kenji Streeter Albarda was the doggie love of my life. Although he wasn’t the first huggable, furry creature to own me (shout out to Jippy, the Streeter family pooch and my first foray into dog ownership), Kenji was the 45-pound lab mix who …

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Valerie can regularly be found at Midlife-A-Go-Go, where she shares stories of her journey through midlife. This post was originally featured there.  When I turned 49, I considered that time to be the year of my life on the cusp. I was teetering on the edge of a true and certain mid-life status. Prior to that time, I …

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