Dogs alert for Danger

Sunday Stills: Is #Danger Closer Than You Think?

Dogs appear to be guarding me on the water. What could be dangerous about a sublime day paddling on the river? Don’t get me started. As the former aquatics director for a public parks and recreation organization, it continues to be my duty to remind people to be safe in the water. This week’s Sunday …

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Snow in May creates a fleeting moment.

Evanescent Spring Snow

The weekly photo challenge suggests sharing our fleeting moments, those memories that will soon disappear and pass out of sight. "It's a moment that I am after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment!" Andrew Wyeth When spring and summer descent upon Northern California, you know it! But when winter descends onto a perfectly …

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Park Swings begging for children

Our Leisure Heritage

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter Our Heritage of leisure, recreation and play has roots deep in our government infrastructure. Not just here in the US, but in most countries world-wide. This is not a post about a political statement (Heaven forbid!), but rather a reminder of the …

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Middle School kids sporting their life jackets walk toward the river.

Danger Averted, Too!

While out on a bike ride this morning on the American River Biketrail, I caught a group of middle-schoolers sporting their life-jackets. Seeing this made me very happy as they began their walk toward the water. Bonus points for the bicyclist sitting with his bandaged knee, who apparently experienced a little Danger! of this own! He …

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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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Lifeguard-On-Duty

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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