Tourists gather on the beach in Coronado

Sunday Stills: Who Are #Tourists?

The last week in June finds the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge exploring the theme "tourist." Summer in the Northern Hemisphere sees an abundance of tourists. We all think we know who tourists are, but did you know that YOU are a tourist? Any time you step out of your locale, you become a tourist. “Stop …

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College graduates walk at commencement

Sunday Stills: The #Future Is Ours

The future, the Sunday Stills theme this week, asks us to think about what this means to us. Nothing says “future” like a commencement ceremony. Recently I had the pleasure of attending the college graduation of one of my students (who was also a long-time employee of mine and one of my daughter’s best friends). …

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Take time to relax

Take Time to Relax!

Has the preparation for the holidays taken its toll on you? Take a page out of this student's life and Relax! While walking from my morning class back to my office, I came across this student who had strung up his hammock in the trees between two buildings. He definitely found a portable way to …

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Experiential Education allows students to attempt challenges and face their fears.

Are Challenges Beneath You?

Teaching at a university certainly gives me interesting perspectives. Recently, as part of one of my classes in the recreation and parks major, we got to spend the day team-building and climbing. On our university campus, Peak Adventures Challenge Center offers a high-ropes course, open to students, staff and the public. Students are required to …

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A bright pink tent beckons vibrant college students to explore leisure activities on campus.

Vibrant in Winter

Vibrant is the theme of this week's WordPress photo challenge. What could be more welcome on a cold, gray winter day than pops of color in the landscape? After teaching my Friday morning class today, having just seen "vibrant" as the theme, I saw the colorful tents on campus lined up for Greek week activities. Seeing these …

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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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Montezuma-Mural

Camera Lucida: The Colors of Life and Culture

I get to see amazing art work every day on the campus at which I teach. Lassen Hall, which houses the administration center on the Sacramento State University campus, sports this incredible mural, depicting the Aztec ruler, Montezuma. This mural, celebrating the culture of the Mexican people, was painted in October, 1978 by Ed Rivera, a …

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Late-Summer-cone-flowers

Under Construction

If we were having coffee today, I would wish you a happy Labor Day weekend and toast the holiday with a nice Colombian medium roast. I can offer you a variety of teas if you prefer. Labor Day, observed as a national holiday on the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor …

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Sand Volleyball

Celebrating Women Athletes

In my 30-year career as a Recreation Supervisor, I have had wonderful opportunities to provide recreational experiences for people of all ages, abilities and aptitudes. These photos were taken three years ago on the second weekend of March at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The complex holds four softball diamonds, a sports cafe, staff offices and …

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College Notebooks

Education Page

While blogging, I have happily met several bloggers who are educators, whether they are elementary school teachers, middle school or high school teachers, university professors, or part-time lecturers like myself. We all have something in common: passion for teaching, mentoring and educating young people and adults. I created an education page for my blog. Please …

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College Notebooks

Perspectives On…Mountain Desktop

I have the honor of being a part-time lecturer for a large northern California university. I teach part-time, usually one night class per semester, in addition to my day job (15 days to go, incidentally). The Fall semester found me teaching two classes this time, so I have been ridiculously busy, preparing lectures, physically teaching …

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