South Rim of the Grand Canyon in snow

Winter Road Trip Preview: Walking in the Desert Light

Join me today as I share a preview of my winter road trip and where some of my walks took me. With a camera and phone in hand, I took loads of photos on my daily walks. I managed to walk over 10,000 steps a day as recorded by my Fitbit. I needed to with …

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Yard decor for Winter Wonders

Sunday Stills: Holiday #Décor with Optional Red and Green

As we near Christmas and other traditional holidays, no doubt you have managed to decorate your home or yard. Neighbor's Christmas Scene I adjusted my holiday travel plans a bit which means I combined this week's theme, Holiday Decor, with what would have been next week's theme, Something Red or Green. See end of the …

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No Excuses Fitness Cover

Fitness Friday: No Excuses Fitness Book Cover Reveal

As I near the completion of my book No Excuses Fitness, I’ve been experimenting with the layout of Kindle book covers. After some trial and error, and critique and feedback from some folks, I chose this as the final candidate. Final Cover What do you think? How did I do it, you ask? Here are …

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Sunday Stills: Reflections of #Peace at 60

Festive birthday table Well, I did it, I turned 60 last Wednesday. And yes, I feel peaceful about this slightly scary event! I admire and have many friends and relatives who are 60 and older, and most don’t look like the traditional perception of “60.” Whether it is their smooth but slightly weathered skin, graying …

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Frozen Autumn Leaf

Sunday Stills: December #Chill is in the Air

Today we welcome the first day of the last month of this decade! Traveling back from our Thanksgiving holiday road trip to Spokane Washington, we certainly got our fill of chilly weather! Wintery frost along Hwy 84 in Northern Oregon Chill December brings the sleet, blazing fire and Christmas treat.Sara Coleridge The icy twigs you …

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Lonely Fisherman

Sunday Stills: Your #Favorite Photo

With the holidays upon us, I thought I would make it easy for all of us at Sunday Stills this week to share a few of our favorite photos or some oldie-but-goodies. If you have a new favorite to share, well, go right ahead! I went to Instagram and looked at past posts from 2019 …

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Walking Along Pacific Beach Bayfront

Sunday Stills: Walking Through the #Calm Before the Storm

One View of My Weekly Walk Despite the cliché post title, this week for me is seriously the calm before the storm! Not only are we making the 15-hour drive in one day up to Spokane Washington this Friday, but I also have 80 final papers to grade to the tune of 135,000 words, over …

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sunshine yellow leaf

Sunday Stills: #Yellow Leaves of Autumn

This Veteran’s Day weekend finds me relaxing at home amidst the changing Autumn landscape here in Sacramento. As a city with a large urban forest and a “City of Trees” distinction, Sacramento's Autumn show does not disappoint once the leaves begin to color. Between Vet’s Day and Thanksgiving (barring any crazy wind or storms) the …

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Brodie pretty in pink

Sunday Stills: All About #Pets

While selecting November’s Sunday Stills themes, I discovered that the entire month is “Adopt a Senior Pet Month.” Awww. The first week in November is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, so why not make this challenge All About Pets? We had a similar photo challenge in April (It’s a Dog’s Life) which was a very …

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two-headed hummingbird

Sunday Stills: Is Anything #Scarier than a Two-Headed Hummingbird?

This week’s theme is all about “something scary” since Halloween is right around the corner. Aside from the requisite ghouls, ghosts, witches and other scary things we associate with the season, I admit that there are scarier things! To answer my own question, “is anything scarier than a two-headed hummingbird” I would have to answer…probably! …

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celebrating a birthday

Sunday Stills: Sixty #Birthdays

This year, 2019, marks 59 years of my existence. I was born in December, so for most of 2019, I am 59. Being that I was born in 1959 makes this my golden year, I’m told. I have to admit that it has been a golden year, albeit a little tarnished with stress and surgery, …

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pink autumn leaves

Sunday Stills: Honoring #Pink

October has always been a reflective month for me. For one, many family members share birthdays this month (more about this in next week’s Sunday Stills challenge). Secondly, I enjoy the visible weather changes in October, with Autumn finally making a more-than-vague appearance, the cooler days and sometimes cold nights, and the overall feeling that …

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lines in a jump center

Sunday Stills: All #Lined Up

October kicks off another month of Sunday Stills photo challenges, but did you know that Becky B, square photographer extraordinaire, is back to hosting her squares challenge this month? October’s theme is “lines and squares.” Why not join in for Sunday Stills this week and post some lines and squares for both challenges! Think of …

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Bee on Lavender

Sunday Stills: It’s A #Bug’s Life

This week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge theme is all about a bug’s life. Do bugs bug you? I am tolerant of most bugs except black widows, ants, and cockroaches. In other words, I will go out of my way to save a hapless spider or insect that is trapped in the tub, or the random …

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