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I thought of the hardcore cyclists who drill holes in their toothbrushes to lighten their load and reminded myself — for the umpteenth time — that every ounce counts.
HOW TO TAKE AN OVERNIGHT TRIP WITH YOUR TWO-WHEELED VEHICLEMELANIE D.G. KAPLANMARCH 26, 2021WASHINGTON POST
I’ll continue to carry this invisible weight in hopes that we can lighten the load for my kids and our collective future.
BE BOLD, BE PROUD, SPEAK UP: RAISING ASIAN AMERICAN DAUGHTERS NOWSUSANNA SCHROBSDORFFMARCH 21, 2021TIME
Carbon tips lighten the swing weight without sacrificing front-end integrity for hard chargers who like to drive the ski.
LONG-TERM REVIEW: THE BEST SKIS, PERIODHEATHER SCHULTZ AND MARC PERUZZIMARCH 4, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
Everyone was looking for an opportunity to celebrate and lighten the load.
HOW HALLMARK IS HANDLING PANDEMIC VALENTINE’S DAYLUKE WINKIEFEBRUARY 12, 2021VOX
Gloria and Mike try to lighten the mood with an anniversary lunch they have prepared for the couple.
HOW A FOULMOUTHED BIGOT NAMED ARCHIE BUNKER CHARMED—AND CHANGED—AMERICADANIEL S. LEVYFEBRUARY 9, 2021TIME
Thou art the help of Christians; lighten our tribulations, and help us with motherly intercession at the throne of thy divine Son.
MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANSVARIOUS
Obviously, the very least they could do, was to try by all means in their power, to lighten the burden they had laid upon her.
THE DAUGHTERS OF DANAUSMONA CAIRD
Pretty soon it darkened up, and begun to thunder and lighten; so the birds was right about it.
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, COMPLETEMARK TWAIN (SAMUEL CLEMENS)
Elvedon was rather like that, though the present tenants have managed to lighten it a good deal.
ROBIN REDBREASTMARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH
If the rollways could be definitely cleared once, the work would lighten all along the line.
BLAZED TRAIL STORIESSTEWART EDWARD WHITE

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