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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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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recreational fishing on Hilo Bay

Sunday Stills: #Recreational

This theme is right up this blog’s alley…that’s right, when you’re the host of a photo challenge, you get to pick them! I know you will love it though, since recreation and leisure are essential in our lives. I bet you find yourself participating in something recreational or leisurely every day. Why not share what …

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Whale shark also plays peek-a-boo

A Peek at Creatures Great and Small

What is lurking just below the surface of the water? Why, a gigantic whale shark, of course. Would you like to play Peek -a-boo with the largest animal on planet Earth? C'mon, there's nothing to it! Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to swim with whale sharks on our vacation in Mexico in …

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Summer Pool or Beach Style by Jodie Filogomo

#Summer Pool and Beach Style for Women over 50

One of my favorite fashion bloggers featured me and my water-sports' lifestyle on her blog this week. If you haven't met Jodie at Jodie's Touch of Style yet, please stop by and read her blog. Jodie tells readers "You may not love the idea of putting on a bathing suit or being seen in one, …

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free life-jackets provided! Please use one!

Danger Averted?

If you have known me very long, you might remember that I was the Aquatics Director for a parks and rec in my former day job. I lived and breathed water safety and still staunchly promote the benefits of being safe in and around the water. Although people play in the water with the best …

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kids play during swim lessons

The ABCDs of Being Water Safe

This is the third and final part of my series for May is National Water Safety Month. Memorial Day Weekend in the United States heralds in the summer season. This three-day holiday weekend kicks off warm temperatures, family outings, BBQs, and of course, swimming and water recreation. Memorial Day Weekend also brings an increased risk …

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Boundaries of Leisure Provide Joy

Boundaries Fences around swimming pools provide security from the outside world, and ensure safety both inside and outside the fence. For dogs who get to swim once a year in a public swimming pool, the boundaries of a fence exist to provide a joy that knows no bounds! The lines are painted onto the bottom …

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Wind and Water: Muses from Leisure

Muse What inspires you? What gets your blood pumping? Is it great food, good company or a task well-done? If you are a photographer or writer, amateur or pro, what is your muse for a beautiful photo or an insightful blog post or story? The Weekly Photo Challenge asks us this question. If you follow …

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Swimming Lessons: Helpful Hints for Parents

Summer is here and this is the time for families to register their children for swimming lessons. After 20+ years spent as an aquatics director and swim lesson instructor-trainer, let me share some ideas and tips to assist you with this important learning activity. Regardless of your child’s swimming ability, you can play a critical …

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Polar Bear Plunge California Style

To start out their New Year, willing participants jump into the frigid waters of a public pool. This day the air temp was 50 degrees and the water temperature a crisp 39 degrees. The woman in the middle wearing the water wings was a local media anchor who participated. The event was a fund-raiser for …

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Sunday Stills: Lifeguard On Duty

For Ed's Sunday Stills Challenge, the letter L is the theme this week. Since May is (still) National Water Safety Month, I thought I would post a photo of a LIFEGUARD. Education about water safety should be available all year round. If you want to read more about water safety, click here and here. Please feel …

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wounded warriors at leisure

Second Wind Leisure

What goes through your mind when you see a photo like this? Military personnel shaking hands with the lifeguards...but why? People come to public pools all the time, why is this any different? This photo captured the end of an event held for the Wounded Warriors in Sacramento at a public swimming pool. The lifeguards …

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lifeguard tower

Lifeguard Tower

On a trip to the beach on Coronado Island in San Diego, my brother and niece had a rare opportunity to stand in the lifeguard tower as an invitation from the lifeguard. Although I felt the lifeguard was still watching his water, I instinctively watched the beach right after taking this shot. Like I could …

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Fitness is Still Where You Find It

As an avid fitness fanatic at midlife, not only am I constantly seeking out fitness opportunities for myself, I also enjoy seeing others jump on the fitness bandwagon! Now that we have hit the middle of January, how are your goals for fitness coming along?  If you made New Year's resolutions to be more fit or …

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