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Sunday Stills: Back to #School

Last week I took a short break from Sunday Stills to travel to San Diego for my high school’s 40th year class reunion (1978). Did you enjoy the break? I know a few bloggers posted a couple of Sunday Stills’ favorites! By the looks of my e-mail inbox, I see more folks are posting more …

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Hot #August Sunshine: A Sentence A Day

Journaling a sentence each day for a month makes for a reflective blog post. I joined this challenge in 2017 and have sincerely enjoyed keeping track of my daily adventures. I had time to participate for the month of August so far this year. August 1st! Half of 2018 whizzed by! Today I cleaned and …

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Sunday Stills: You’ve Got a #Friend

Who among us doesn’t have a friend? Some have a larger circle of friends, while others have a choice few. Sunday Stills asks us to share an image of “friend.” The featured image above shows my daughter with her best friend Gideon! Here are some of my examples of "friend." A surprise wedding shower for me …

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Calling All Instagrammers: Join the #Instagram Summer Photo Challenge

Summer is a great time for getting outside and taking pictures! Join myself and fellow blogger Leslie  for her second annual Instagram Summer Photo Challenge. This challenge on Instagram begins July 1st and runs the entire month. If you can't post something every day you can pick the daily themes you like and post then. The …

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Creativity Flows When Bloggers Meet Up

Creativity Flows When Bloggers Meet Up

Every so often, as I sit down to write a new blog post, I get that nagging sense of discouragement and seriously ask myself “Why do I blog?” “What would happen if I stopped?” Do you ever ask yourself questions like that? I think we all question our commitment to our blogging journey from time …

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Gratitude for Every Mood Guest Post

Gratitude for Every Mood: A Guest Post

When fellow blogger Sue at Sizzling Towards Sixty approached me to write a guest post for November with the theme of “gratitude” I initially had no idea what I could write. Recent months have proven that I have much for which to be grateful. With every challenge, there is opportunity and a reason to be …

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Four Reason to Attend a Blogging Conference

Four Reasons to Attend a Blogging Conference

In September, I had the pleasure of attending not one, but two blogging conferences in my hometown of Sacramento, California. WordCamp Sacramento 2017 focused on WordPress developers and website design, but had an entire bloggers track. This alone brought in over 200 more attendees than previous WordCamps. The International Food Bloggers Conference, aka IFBC, spent …

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Speaker Interview With Terri Webster Schrandt – WordCamp Sacramento 2017

My 15 minutes of fame as a presenter comes this weekend at the WordCamp Sacramento 2017 conference! I cannot believe how fortunate I am to be able to attend not one, but two, local blogging conferences in September! In January, I shared "Need More Inspiration? Attend a Blogging Event" encouraging bloggers to meet other bloggers …

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Kindness Rocks Project Spreads Messages of Hope

Remember those old 70s collages made of random materials? Back then, art classes in junior high and high school were rife with making collages, (remember decoupage?), painting rocks and wood, macrame, yarn art, spirographs, hooking rugs, and other artsy stuff! I just loved creating those craft projects! Fast-forward to 2017 and painting on 3-D materials …

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Meeting my high school teacher 38 years later

Reconnecting with My High School Teacher

Who was your favorite high school teacher? Mine was Mrs. Myrra Lee, of Helix High School in La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego. Through an odd, but emotional set of circumstances, I discovered Mrs. Lee  was celebrating her 90th birthday in San Diego in July 2016, and her family posted an open invitation on Facebook to …

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Sac State's Guy West Bridge

How a Bridge Connects Us

"Think about the things, places, or people that connect us." I like this idea as it relates to the theme of Bridge. I share several angles of the Guy West Bridge that spans the American River from the Sacramento State Campus to the community of University Village/ Campus Commons. This bridge is also right off …

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7 ways blogging changed my life

7 Ways Blogging Changed My Life

Blogging has changed my life in many ways. A few weeks ago, I was part of a blog series that asked this question: Why did I wait until midlife to start writing a blog? I answered that question here, but that question sparked the concept for this post. How has blogging changed my life? Here are …

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Leisure Connects Us

Leisure Connects Us

Connected Participating in leisure connects us like nothing else. To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.  Arnold J. Toynbee A man looks toward the beach as kite-boarders get ready to launch their kites. Behind him are stand-up paddle boards waiting for customers to come out and play. Perhaps he …

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One Lucky Blogger: How To Get 500+ Followers on Your Blog (Part One)

I have been diligently blogging for eight months, although my blog has been around for three years. On May 5, I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the 500th follower to my blog! When I started blogging about my one-subject wonder—the Four Generations, I never imagined my blog, renamed and retooled in September 2014, would …

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Facebook, Second Chances, and Love

April 9th was the 6th year anniversary of our first date. Read more for the whole story! After living in San Diego my whole life, I married young at age 20 to a young man who was from Northern California and ended up moving there. After 17 years we divorced and a few years later …

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