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Marian Raney August 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
Marian Raney

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I love to read. When I have a few spare moments at home, you’ll find me relaxed in my recliner, Amazon Kindle in hand. Often, I’ll make a deal with myself before starting: “OK, Marian, you can read to the end of this chapter, but then you need to do laundry.” However, my favorite novelists trip me up more often than not by ending chapters with a compelling teaser drawing me into the next chapter. Do I continue to read, or do I reluctantly put my Kindle aside and tackle that chore? Reality is it’s about 50/50.

Last weekend was one of those times that the book won out. Normally I would chastise myself later, but in this instance, I was relieved. Why? Because it finally gave me the focus I had been seeking to write this column, which Cathy Christensen asked me to do several weeks ago. I’d started and stopped multiple times, never feeling quite right about my message. As a seasoned writer, I was more than frustrated, and now the piece was overdue—a strict no-no in the media business.

Last weekend, I realized that my life has been like a series of book chapters, with each one pushing me toward a new future. My life has been fairly typical—happy childhood, tumultuous high school years, independent college years, happy marriage, fulfilling motherhood and challenging career with Allured Business Media, the owner of Skin Inc. Five years ago, my career chapter overlapped with another as I became a grandmother. My husband of 39 years and I are now blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, with No. 5 due to arrive in January.

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