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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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3 Quotes, 3 Day Challenge: Golden Olympic Fun

My theme for the 3 quotes challenge is the Olympics. Have you been watching them? I’m sure there is a sport that appeals to everyone. Every four years, I gleefully anticipate the 17 days of the summer Olympic games. This is my idea of fun! I was nominated by my lovely gal pal from Australia, …

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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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The ABCDs of Being Water Safe

This is the third and final part of my series for May is National Water Safety Month. Memorial Day Weekend in the United States heralds in the summer season. This three-day holiday weekend kicks off warm temperatures, family outings, BBQs, and of course, swimming and water recreation. Memorial Day Weekend also brings an increased risk …

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Weekend Coffee Share: Blogging Strategies

If we were having coffee today, (and yes, I admit, it has been a few weeks), it would be nice to have your company. Hubby was gone all weekend at a retreat in Lake Tahoe and I stayed home and caught up. Try some of this caramel-flavored coffee I just bought. Lecturing at the university …

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Is a Life-Jacket in Your Beach Bag?

Is a Life Jacket in Your Beach Bag?

Part Two of my series for "May is National Water Safety Month" covers information on life jackets. Any activity in and around water has potential for risk. As a former swim lesson instructor, I constantly taught children (and adults!) about water safety. I am always incredulous as to why parents send their young child out …

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Is Your Public Pool Safe for Swimming?

May is National Water Safety Month. This will be the first post of three to share vital knowledge about water safety and what you can do to protect yourself and your children from the hidden and apparent dangers of playing in and around water. Due to the great recession of 2008-2012, many public recreation and …

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Abstract Leisure Distractions

What Is Your Leisure Plan B? After a long work week (or work day) we often look forward to our hard-earned leisure time. Our active leisure time can be as simple as coming home from work and watching a favorite television show or going to an evening workout. It can range from playing in a …

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Wander a Whole Summer If You Can

April 21st marks the birthday of John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. He was the founder of the Sierra Club. “Wander a whole summer if you can...time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening, it will definitely lengthen …

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The Doors to Knowledge Invite the Love of Reading

What is your "one love?" As a writer and educator, I have to admit that the love of books and reading is at the top of my list of loves. The above photo shows a sculpture of a woman reading in the lobby of the Sacramento State University library. I was surprised that I had not noticed …

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Weekend Coffee Share in Which I Announce a Writing Project

Do you like my Christmas mug? If we were having coffee, I would have to provide you with a to-go cup of your favorite hot beverage. As we fly out the door to head for church, I am kissing both my daughters good-bye as they travel back to their respective homes. Today our church celebrates …

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Swimming Lessons: Helpful Hints for Parents

Summer is here and this is the time for families to register their children for swimming lessons. After 20+ years spent as an aquatics director and swim lesson instructor-trainer, let me share some ideas and tips to assist you with this important learning activity. Regardless of your child’s swimming ability, you can play a critical …

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Sunday Stills: Lifeguard On Duty

For Ed's Sunday Stills Challenge, the letter L is the theme this week. Since May is (still) National Water Safety Month, I thought I would post a photo of a LIFEGUARD. Education about water safety should be available all year round. If you want to read more about water safety, click here and here. Please feel …

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