Happy Blogging Anniversary: Why TMI is Not What it Seems

Has it really been a year? Last September, I decided to dust off my blog, then titled "Insights by Terri Webster Schrandt." I looked at the WordPress Reader and saw the invitation for Blogging 101. Although I started my blog in October, 2011, it was very narrowly focused and bored even me. It was time …

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Bahia Hotel Dock

San Diego Conference Room View

Local Flavor Four years ago in the month of February, I had the honor of presenting an educational session at the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Aquatics Conference held in San Diego. The three day event was held at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay. In between sessions I captured this photo on …

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Baja Deep Ocean

No Thanks, You’re Too Deep!

As much as I love the outdoors and all things water sports, there is a place I won't go. I refuse to go below 20 feet under the ocean. Below that depth might as well be the abyss! If you have followed my blog, you know that I post about my love affair with water, …

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Toyota Rav4

To Drive or Walk?

Do or Die Today's daily prompt challenges us to justify the existence of a person, place or thing in 300 words, else it will disappear. The thing I've chosen takes me places, carries everything I need for a session on the water, and protects me from harm... My car. My daughter's wonderful PT Cruiser was …

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Teacher of the Year

When I was in high school, I had the distinct honor of having a teacher who became the National Teacher of the Year in 1977. Her name was Myrra Lee. Mrs. Lee taught three incredible courses that forever changed my life. In tenth grade, sophomore year, all students were required to take Social Living. This …

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Ick! My Spidey-Sense is Tingling

Embrace the Ick SPIDERS. The very word conjures up the creepy, crawly, heebie-jeebies. My mom taught my brother and me, as kids, to love tarantulas and snakes. We had a terrarium that was home to those critters, and yes, they had names, but they escape me for the moment. And, no, the critters never escaped. …

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SUP at Home on Rainy Soil

When we travel to La Ventana, Baja Sur Mexico, in the wintertime for our windsurfing vacations, the last thing we want to experience is rain! Rain in the desert happens, but after leaving the typically rainy Northern California in January, we wanted sun and wind! Our friend owns a home in La Ventana and we …

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Enough is Enough: Why I Had to Retire

Exactly one month ago, I retired from public service in recreation and parks, after 31 years. I shared several blog posts about my retirement experience, including a guest post on A Momma’s View. I thought this might be a good way to wind up my retirement series with a post from the daily prompt Enough Is …

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Number Sightings: A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time How often do you see this number? Does this number in the photo above jump out at you at random moments? The number can only appear twice daily on a digital clock, so the odds may be pretty good. I estimate that I see this exact number on my clock in …

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Re-Spring Your Step with Some Dog Walkin’

There is nothing that puts a spring in my step than a walk or jog with my precious pups, Aero and Gideon. A simple mention of the word "walk" has these pups wriggling and woofing with delight. If they catch me putting on my black exercise pants, the fun begins as they both fall on the …

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Why Play is Important: Connecting the Dots with Leisure

If you were born before 1985, do you remember play time at school during recess? We had 20-30 minutes three times a day(!) to play dodge-ball, four-square (not the app), tag, marbles, etc. I'm reading Pastimes: The Context of Contemporary Leisure by Ruth V. Russell. It is a textbook I will be using when I …

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Today's Daily Prompt, Image Search brought to mind my dislike of fog. In the Central Valley of Northern California, the fog in January is legendary. The endless weeks of fog, which is cold and blocks out the sun for days on end, can cause many to suffer from a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. …

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Cool Change

“A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are.” Oasis When I need to escape, Lake Tahoe is less than two hours from my house. Stand-up paddling on the water (any water—river, ocean, lake) is just what I need to refresh my soul and get a …

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Lifeguard to the Rescue

Have you ever rescued someone from a dangerous situation? Why, yes I have. I find it ironic that on my first official day of retirement, I am writing about an experience from my 30+ year career in recreation as an Aquatics Director. Saving lives, preventing accidents and training lifeguards was my life for many years. …

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Perspectives On…Advice to Myself

Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to. A conversation overheard at Starbucks in mid-November, 2014: Mrs. Terri: "Wow, Miss Terri, it is so great to see you again. I can't believe it …

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