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Sunday Stills: Whistle While You #Work

This holiday weekend, Labor Day (in the U.S.), is the traditional end to the summer, as school begins, and vacations are all but over. According to the US Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of …

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Sunday Stills: #Lazy Days of Summer

We are almost at the midpoint of August which means for many, summer is nearly over. Sure the weather will still be warm in the northern hemisphere, and maybe too hot on the West Coast (the wildfires aren’t helping matters), but school starts for many youth, teens and young adults in mid- and late-August! The …

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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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Finding Your Fitness

Fitness is Still Where You Find It

January is the time of year when folks think and do something about their fitness and exercise regimens. It is very easy to give up on attempts at exercise when the weather is freezing cold or you and everyone around you are dealing with illnesses and colds. Even I have to force myself to get …

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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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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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Recognizing canine parvo-virus in your dog

Dog Days of Summer: Recognizing Canine Parvo-Virus

This post is intended to educate dog owners about the serious and sometimes fatal threat of canine parvo-virus. Many of you have "met" my pup Brodie, a purebred Boykin Spaniel. If not, feel free to read about it in Me and My Aero: For the love of a Dog Brodie came into our lives at …

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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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Student walks on levee from classes

Companionable as Solitude

As writers, many of us seek Solitude  because of our need for quiet while we write. Sometimes our very temperaments demand that we find a place of solitude in which to refresh or to regroup our swirling thoughts. A college student appears to seek solitude on this lonely levee path. I wonder what she is thinking …

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Bright red leaf colors peak in mid-November

Weekend Coffee Share: In the Middle

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that here, in the middle of November, I am smack-dab in the middle of several different projects. How would you like your hot beverage today? I’m still all about the pumpkin spice-flavored coffee. What am I in the middle of, you ask? First, the master bedroom …

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Inspiration

Inspiration The weekly photo challenge asks us "What inspires you?" What a loaded question! Is it a beautiful sunset? Is it your family? Is it your leisure pastimes? Is it a stunning image you took with your own camera? Is it your passion? Is it the opportunity for education? Yes to all! What inspires you?

Mom-and-Me

A Disappointed Daughter’s Perspective for Mother’s Day

Back in September, I wrote a post that elicited an emotional response from a variety of readers. For Mother's Day, I would like the share this again. For my mom; my dream reader As I delve more into blogging each day, sharing my perspectives, I’m challenged with the notion that I am a disappointed daughter. My …

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