Book Review Against All Odds

Book Review: Against all Odds by Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray’s wonderful book, Against All Odds, was published in August 2020, and her successful blog tour was picked up by many bloggers eager to share the latest book in the Crossroads Trilogy. I missed joining the tour due to a planned blogging break. Then the rest of 2020 happened. I am beyond excited today …

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Sunday Stills: Monthly Color Challenge—#Glacier #Blue

Welcome back to the Sunday Stills Monthly color challenge. Last October and November I thought it would be fun to share images based on a color theme. For January, “glacier” blue seems like a good choice. If you have seen a glacier, there is a particular color of blue, almost turquoise, that is found within …

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Sunday Stills: Lighting Up the #Night

This week, as the northern hemisphere languishes in gloomy, shortened Winter days, let’s explore night photography. For those enjoying sunny summers or climates, it gets dark somewhere, right? I admit right off that I am no expert when it comes to night photography. I know there are all kinds of aperture settings to capture images …

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The Eagle Has Landed

Last weekend, I'd read in a local Spokane publication that bald eagles winter in Idaho's Lake Couer d'Alene in search of spawning Kokanee salmon. Sunday, we drove the short 30 minutes to the area and stopped at Higgins Point where the eagles are known to feed. Armed with my Lumix camera, our dogs, and wearing …

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Sunday Stills: Your 2020 #Retrospective

I had originally thought to take a break until January 10, then realized I’m a bit bored, so why not jump back into blogging? Especially with this theme of looking back on our 2020 retrospective. A retrospective shows our year in words, photos, stories, and other creative endeavors. Share your good and bad, your best …

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A Fresh Start for the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge

Looking for a fresh start to 2021? Sunday Stills starts with a bang on January 3rd! Join myself and several other bloggers who host a variety of challenges, now that the (weird) holidays are essentially over. Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com We’ve always spent New Years' Eve at home enjoying quiet dinners and movies …

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Sunday Stills: Holiday #Lights and Beyond

When I selected the theme of lights, I thought about the traditional holiday lights we all enjoy seeing this time of year. But as usual, the theme morphed into other interpretations, as it should. Join me this week from my temporary home in Spokane, Washington. Lights on the Road We drove out of the driveway …

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Sunday Stills Moves on Sunday, Dec 13

Photo by Craig Adderley on Pexels.com Most of you know I am moving out of Northern California to Eastern Washington state. Our move-out date fluctuates with what still needs to be packed and the weather forecast. We now expect to leave on Saturday, December 12. As the host of Sunday Stills, I like to be …

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Sunday Stills: City #Sidewalks

In a few days, I am trading my city/suburban sidewalks for rural ones, as we make our way north to the Spokane, Washington area. This week’s Sunday Stills theme is sidewalks, walkways, rural paths, etc! Join me for a walk down memory lane as I share some of my favorite walks. One of my favorite …

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Sunday Stills: The #Textures of Our Lives

A similar theme to weathered from a few weeks ago, textures all around us seem to be abundant in Autumn. As we bundle up for warmth in the northern hemisphere, we wrap ourselves in textures. Art is the colors and textures of your imagination.Meghan Trainor This week's theme for Sunday Stills is texture if you …

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Sunday Stills: We Are #Thankful Through it All

As folks prepare for Thanksgiving in the US this week, it will be a completely different holiday this year. As we navigate through a pandemic that has sickened millions and taken the lives of loved ones, we stand in fear of continuing the spread of the Covid virus by reducing our time spent with family …

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Sunday Stills: Fall Color Challenge—Shades of #Auburn

Welcome to this month’s Fall color challenge. In October we explored the color ochre and its myriad interpretations. We aim to discover the various shades of auburn this month. In the image above you get an idea of the range of Auburn shades. November, with its Autumn colors, seems like a great month to enjoy …

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Sunday Stills: A #Weathered Look

If you have been blogging long enough, you might remember the WordPress weekly photo challenge. I thought it would be interesting to revisit the theme “weathered” for Sunday Stills. Weathered was last seen in January 2018; take a look. It is fascinating to go back and look at the weekly photo challenge and see how …

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Sunday Stills: A Celebration of #Leaves

How is it November first already? This morning, here in the US, we set the clocks back to end daylight saving time. Lighter in the morning, darker at night, but I am glad to get that hour back! This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is all about leaves. No matter where you live, you may …

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Sunday Stills: Kinda Backyard #Birding

This week’s Sunday Stills’ post is partially inspired by Lisa’s Weekly Bird Challenge. What kinda birds live or visit in your backyard? As you read in my post last week, I have enjoyed my backyard as a happy place. Not a huge backyard, but it does the job with the 5 redwood trees I planted …

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