Pinnacle Peak

Sunday Stills: #Perspectives on …

Don’t you love photo challenges? Even if you are not a photographer yourself, I’m sure you appreciate the lovely images your fellow bloggers share. Over the years, I’ve been inspired by the perspectives and stories of their images. This week’s Sunday Stills theme is “perspective.” Yes, I borrowed the theme from Becky B’s Squares July …

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Molten Delta Sunset

Sunday Stills: #Stillness of Summer

If you reside in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice arrived on Friday, marking the longest day of the year. I acknowledge my friends in the southern hemisphere as midwinter has arrived! Is the notion of stillness even possible during the summer? For most of my adult life, summer was constantly go-go-go, with work demands …

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Shoes were made for walking

No Excuses #Fitness for Extreme Weather

There is no excuse more prevalent than dealing with extreme weather conditions to thwart your plans for physical activity. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau “But it’s too HOT to exercise!” Everyone In the northern hemisphere, today marks the summer solstice, the first day of summer. Here in …

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signs of fall leaves

Sunday Stills: Signs of #Autumn

Saturday was the official start of Autumn with the autumnal equinox. According to Internet sources, ...the Autumnal equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above Earth's Equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year. When this happens, …

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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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SUP session at the delta

Sunday Stills: Water, #Water Everywhere, My #Paddleboard Can Shrink

How do you typically spend your last Sunday in August? For lots of folks, August is still a hot month in the Northern hemisphere, so the beach fronts of rivers, lakes, and oceans see huge crowds spending their last summer weekend around the water. Water is our “over-arching” theme this week for Sunday Stills. Since …

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Greek Church

Sunday Stills: Objects Over #100-Years-Old

Attention globetrotters! This photo challenge theme is for you! Well, it’s for anyone, of course, but since our Sunday Stills theme this week is “Objects Over 100 Years Old,” your photos from countries abroad will likely showcase places and spaces that have been around for over 100 years. Just be careful about publishing images 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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Tiki Bar Ready for Fun

Sunday Stills: #Drunk with…? or #Summer Drink

The last Sunday in July challenges Sunday Stills participants to find an image depicting “Drunk with…?" Since this is indeed a challenging theme, I thought I would add an optional related theme “Summer Drink.” Your theme can be centered around alcohol but it doesn’t have to be. I’m not much of a drinker although a …

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Children playing in swimming pool

The Wonders of the Public Pool

I have managed to combine three photo challenges into this one photograph. Summer in July finds children counting the minutes until their neighborhood public swimming pool opens for the day. Although I no longer oversee the daily operations of these pools, I do appreciate the lengths leisure professionals must go to to ensure clean, safe …

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Sunday Stills Summer graphic

Sunday Stills: What Does #Summer Mean to You?

For the Sunday Stills challenge to celebrate the first week in July, share your favorite thing about summer. You can simply share one photo of your favorite summer experience or wow us with a gallery of what summer means to you. And it's not just about photos...perhaps you are inspired by a song, poem, artwork, …

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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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Mouthwatering Aroma of canapes

Sunday Stills: #Aroma

While the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day this weekend (holiday observed Monday), my co-host Aixa at Mucho Spanish chose the theme “aroma” for the Sunday Stills photo challenge. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional “unofficial” kick-off to the summer season here in the Northern Hemisphere. I, myself, am at the Sacramento Delta for a long weekend …

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Summer Editorial Calendar Round-Up: Choosing the Right Calendar/Planner

Welcome to my sort of new feature, Reblog Thursdays. It may remind you of my recent “Reblog Tuesdays” but I am tabling that for now.

Let me explain…

As an adjunct university lecturer, I don’t teach in the summer! These next three months are wide open for me to get busy writing my new book “No Excuses Fitness,” which I have finally started.

So, less blogging, more book writing.

I plan to reblog some of my older, popular posts that will be of interest to folks, especially to newer readers. I also find others blogs and will reblog those as well. Of course, I will continue to contribute every Friday to the WordPress weekly photo challenge.

Please enjoy this post from last July 2016.

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Summer editorial calendar round-up. Choosing the right calendar/planner

The doldrums of Summer are here and perhaps your blog is feeling the effects. I don’t know about you, but my blogging experience has proven that summer can be a slow season for bloggers. Recently I have read a few posts on how bloggers can enjoy their summers while still maintaining a minimum blogging presence.

One way to accomplish this without losing all your hard-earned followers and readers, is to take this time to critically examine your current editorial calendar.

And what if you do not have one? At the bottom of this post, I will leave a few links to resources you can use now.

Choosing the Right Calendar for your Blogging (or Writing) Needs

While creating this post, I googled “editorial calendars.” Yes, the hits are huge! I wrote a post last summer “What’s On my Editorial Calendar” and in re-reading it, I realized how much…

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The Bugs of Summer

(Not to be confused with the “Boys of Summer” for you baseball fans) I have this collection of macro photos of insects and spiders (hey, they make great subjects!) This post was “planned” (lurking on my editorial calendar), waiting for the right moment in which to create the post. The WordPress weekly photo challenge theme …

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