Dogs alert for Danger

Sunday Stills: Is #Danger Closer Than You Think?

Dogs appear to be guarding me on the water. What could be dangerous about a sublime day paddling on the river? Don’t get me started. As the former aquatics director for a public parks and recreation organization, it continues to be my duty to remind people to be safe in the water. This week’s Sunday …

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University students blow bubbles to prove that spontaneity in leisure is rewarding.

My Place in the World as a (Leisure) Educator

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela I spent 35 years in the world of public parks and recreation providing clients with quality leisure experiences. The last 13 years before I retired in 2014 was spent as the aquatics director overseeing 15 …

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student bicycles line the sidewalk

Variations of Higher Education

The Weekly Photo Challenge does just that: it offers a challenge to photographers and photo-bloggers to find or take pictures of people, places and things of interest. This week, my challenge was going back into the classroom to teach a new set of university students on the subject of management. I really wouldn't say it …

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the ascent to greatness

Ascending Steps to Greatness

The weekly photo challenge asks us to show  our interpretation of upward movement with the theme Ascend. This was my last week of teaching classes for the semester. As I graded my last online final, I recalled how, the week before, I asked students in my classes to stand and be acknowledged for their achievement …

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Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will. Quote by Vernon Howard

Do You Walk a Pedestrian Path?

When simply walking won't do! The word Pedestrian brings to mind someone walking along a path, sidewalk, or street. It also means “lacking inspiration or excitement; dull,” according to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. In my leisure perspective, pedestrians are also found hiking on trails, climbing a vertical wall, traversing a beam 40 feet up in the …

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Swallow fly in chaos around their nests.

A Somewhat Transient Migration

Perhaps the famed migration of the Swallows from their winter home in Argentina to San Juan Capistrano isn't as fleeting as the theme Transient suggests, but try taking photos of them near their nests and transience takes on a whole new meaning. The nesting swallows flit back and forth so quickly that trying to capture …

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Park Swings begging for children

Our Leisure Heritage

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter Our Heritage of leisure, recreation and play has roots deep in our government infrastructure. Not just here in the US, but in most countries world-wide. This is not a post about a political statement (Heaven forbid!), but rather a reminder of the …

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Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls

I Feel the Earth Move

If you are a wilderness geek like me, you might know that today, April 21st is the 179th birthday of John Muir. If you didn’t know, let me tell you why he may have been considered (in my eyes) one of the most important men on Planet Earth. John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, …

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What swimming with whale sharks taught me

What Swimming With Whale Sharks Taught Me

The beginning of a brand new year can be inspiring for most of us. Last year I experienced something I never thought I would do. This is a re-post from January 2016. I hope you enjoy reading this once more. Several weeks ago, while vacationing in Baja, Mexico, I had an amazing opportunity to swim …

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Diver

Making Magic with Art

Traveling this week for the Thanksgiving holidays found us in my cousin's house near Portland, Oregon. Many of us California family members visit every couple of years to the Pacific Northwest for some family holiday time. A former teacher, my cousin is now an elementary school vice-principal and has always had a soft spot for …

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Hummingbirds' quest for food

Never Ending Quest for Food

If you are a bird watcher, you know that birds love to eat! Every day I delight in watching my hummingbird family enjoying their hourly quest for food. The male is very brave and has been know to fly right up to me as I patiently wait for the right photo op! Soon, the female …

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Three Ways I Right-sized in Retirement

Three Ways I Rightsized in Semi-Retirement

We read a lot about downsizing these days as Baby Boomers are actively pursuing new ways of life as they consider retirement. "Rightsizing" is a process that implies a less than cutthroat approach to restructuring than downsizing. I have been following Kathy's blog SMARTLiving365.com and recently had the opportunity to write this guest post while she was enjoying some travel. Kathy and I …

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Columbine flower found at alpine altitudes

A Rare Anniversary: National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

Who knew that my backyard would celebrate its 100-year anniversary? That’s right, I consider Yosemite National Park to be MY backyard, although it may be a little far away from my actual house. Because of the efforts of visionary leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, the National Park Service was created to preserve and …

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Narrow is the Road to Leisure

When we form our leisure habits, we do so from our positive experiences within that pastime. Sometimes obstacles get in the way of our outdoor experiences which may prevent us from fully participating. In the above photo, you can see the way to this beach is not only Narrow but precarious. These obstacles do NOT …

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The Bugs of Summer

(Not to be confused with the “Boys of Summer” for you baseball fans) I have this collection of macro photos of insects and spiders (hey, they make great subjects!) This post was “planned” (lurking on my editorial calendar), waiting for the right moment in which to create the post. The WordPress weekly photo challenge theme …

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