Blue and purple hydrangeas

Celebrate #Blue with Flowers

These blue hydrangeas have inspired me to share their loveliness for not only two photo challenges today, but to introduce a daily journal challenge for the month of July. Journaling in July Journaling has been a challenge for me most of my adult life. I did keep a journal when I was between 18-20 years …

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Autumn leaves amid clovers

Festival of Leaves: An Inspired Start to Autumn

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I love posting photo challenges on Fridays. I have gotten used to the fact the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has gone the way of the dinosaur, but we photo-bloggers have found continuing inspiration with each others' challenges. Having joined the pink party …

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Night sky

49 Days In 1988: Week 31 – First Night – Hugh’s Views & News

Many thanks to Hugh for featuring me on his blog today! This weekly feature shares accounts from his journal written in the 1980s and introduces bloggers' book project and favorite 80s songs! If you have not visited Hugh's blog yet, please stop by! Photo by Emre Gencer on Unsplash via 49 Days In 1988: Week …

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Instagram meme Good times and tan lines

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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wordcamp logo and speaker photo

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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8 simple ideas to inspire your blogging

Eight Simple Ideas to Inspire Your Blogging

Another New Year’s inspirational post? Not exactly... The blogosphere is full of inspirational New Year’s posts. And why not? It’s that time of the year to dust off the good ideas you may have left behind last year and refresh them. Or not. This post is about finding new inspiration for your blog and its …

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What swimming with whale sharks taught me

What Swimming With Whale Sharks Taught Me

The beginning of a brand new year can be inspiring for most of us. Last year I experienced something I never thought I would do. This is a re-post from January 2016. I hope you enjoy reading this once more. Several weeks ago, while vacationing in Baja, Mexico, I had an amazing opportunity to swim …

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What swimming with whale sharks taught me

What Swimming with Whale Sharks Taught Me

Several weeks ago, while vacationing in Baja, Mexico, I had an amazing opportunity to swim with whale sharks. If we were having coffee today, I would recount that experience with you and explain what the experience taught me about my life. I’ve got a lot of coffee and tea, so please don’t be shy! About …

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Large, blue garage door graces this fabulous retirement villa in Baja.

How to Use Your Photos to Generate Blog Ideas and Readers

January always seems like a great energizer to either begin a blog or to re-energize a current one. With January almost over, have you met your short-term blogging goals? Are you still inspired and keeping up with your posting schedule? Do you need a kick-start to your inspiration? Use your images as inspiration for your …

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Travel to find new hope and renew the mind

Stumbled, Broken and Inspired: Weekend Coffee Share

Or, "What I did on My Winter Vacation” If I say my blogging break is over and is now past tense, is my break broken? Well, ponder that while we have coffee this morning and we “break” our fast. Yes, my blogging break is over. You saw that I did manage to post for the weekly …

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SUP Sounds

SUP Sounds

While out on my stand-up paddleboard (aka SUP) last weekend, I was struck how the sounds and sensations could be characterized into words. These words are called onomatopoeias. We writers know what these are, but if you need a hint of a reminder, here is the definition: on·o·mat·o·poe·ia änəˌmadəˈpēə, noun the formation of a word …

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Tuolumne Meadows

No Room; But There’s a View

I never get tired of visiting Tuolumne Meadows in the high country of Yosemite National Park in California. My parents traditionally took their two-week vacation to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which from San Diego was about an 8 hour drive. By the time I was eight years old and my brother was five, we …

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. My humble thanks to Veena who writes Think. Do. Write. for this award. Between the holiday hullabaloo and my retirement stuff, I've been off the blogging grid a little. My blogging journey has been inspirational in many aspects; from honing my writing skills, to following others' blogs …

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