Stack of papers to be graded

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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Take time to relax

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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Over 50 & Thriving Series Three ways to thrive when your leisure time expands

Three Ways to Thrive When Your #Leisure Time Expands: A Guest Post

Join me today as I share my thoughts on ways to thrive when your leisure time expands. I discuss these concepts on Sue’s lovely blog as part of her Over 50 & Thriving Guest Series. Thriving at midlife is a concept our parents and grandparents probably didn’t think about. Baby Boomers today have so many …

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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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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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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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Entrance to Art Building Sacramento State U

Dare to Enter: Thursday Doors

I recently discovered a fun, weekly photography event called "Thursday Doors" hosted by Norm 2.0. This is my first post and I am excited to present: ...the art room door at Sacramento State University. The campus has a variety of interesting doors, but many are of the "government-issue" variety, complete with the double glass doors. …

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Old Coloma School

The Haunting of Old Coloma School

Have you ever entered an old historical building and felt the presence of spirits? “We can still hear the sounds of children playing in the auditorium at certain quiet times during the day,” says one city worker. Another person swears she has heard ghostly footsteps of children running up and down the stairs as if …

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