The New Look

Hello everyone, I’d like to know how you like the new look of my blog. I switched the theme so it will read better on various devices. There is still  fine-tuning left to do but I will get to it. Please let me know what you think. In other news, a little story I wrote is now published within the winter issue of Spotlight On Recovery magazine. The article is titled Salute to Strangers. Oh, and the current header  image is a mixed media: colored pencil, magic marker, water color, and a smidgen of acrylic. It is the bottom half … Continue reading The New Look

LOVE CONQUERS TIME

July 15, 2015—Incredible things have happened during the past 40 days of my life, both good and bad. A Loved one I hadn’t heard from in years wrote me a hello, I remember and think about you. It’s warming. It’s like sipping hot spiced wine next to a fire while watching snowflakes drift and swirl outside. A Loved one passed on, perhaps upon the day I called and left his family a message. My call was close, real close, anyway.  I was thinking of them . . . of him. This loss is raw. Is there a class that teaches … Continue reading LOVE CONQUERS TIME

Overwhelm Me, the Enabler

I’m an enabler of others. I help them accomplish their goals. Sometimes I feel overworked, overstressed, and generally overburdened. I’m not alone, even though it really feels like I am. I know I’m not. I’m never the only one undergoing whatever it is. Trials and tribulations. That’s what life is. Mine is no exception. These past few weeks, I forced myself to sit and stay sat in front of my computer for the sole purpose of racking up time completing projects for others. Working for a living. And I love what I do. Really, I do. But, when I spend … Continue reading Overwhelm Me, the Enabler

Blogs I Love

This was supposed to be for an assignment for blogging 101 that I never got around to writing. It wasn’t because I never read anyone’s blog; it was because I failed to notate my reading/viewing journey(s.) I do enjoy looking at photos others take. There are plenty of amateur photographers here and of those, I’m one. But there are also those here who  have honed their skills and present t hem here for us to admire and shoot towards.  Mr. Funk Photography is a favorite blog to visit for this. His photo title “It was a Sunny Day” is one … Continue reading Blogs I Love

Writing Life Stories Session II: Demonstrate Your Understanding by Showing

June 16, 2015; second revision–As I mentioned in this post, We are Characters within Our Tales, I spent time this session speaking about the storyteller as a character. Some other subjects covered included vulnerability, understanding, embarrassing moments, and writing from an age perspective. When we allow ourselves to become vulnerable within our life stories, by showing and not telling, our readers gain a better understanding of our experiences. How important is this? To me, it is extremely important. I don’t want my readers, be they children, grandchildren, great grandchildren or someone in the general public to get the idea I’m … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session II: Demonstrate Your Understanding by Showing

We are Characters within Our Tales

I’m feeling a little mischievous. I arrived home from teaching my Life Stories class, took the dog for a “break,” ate lunch, and sat down here to scope out what assignments come next and what other bloggers might have said and done in my absence. Here on WordPress, a lot can happen in a short amount of time and this afternoon was no exception. Maybe it was the sandwich I ate or the breeze that’s cooling things down but I’m feeling feisty. Yet, if I’m honest,  I suspect my attitude comes from giving the Life Stories class. Today I spoke … Continue reading We are Characters within Our Tales

The Nanapush or Little People

The Little People of the Olympics are called the Nanapush. Root systems are massive in the valleys of the Olympic Mountains. In the rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula, we are all little people. I keep wanting to put fairy wings on my mom. The assignment was: Day Seven: Big & Point of View Today, let’s go big. Whether inside or outside, photograph something of massive size. Feel free to interpret big in your own way, and get creative with your shot. I couldn’t resist using a couple of my favorite pictures, even if one was taken with a cheap old … Continue reading The Nanapush or Little People

What Represents Connection to Me

Connection When I am able to share  with someone a place in time . . . an experience, that is a connection. I live in an area visited by people from around the world, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Many have not experienced the wonders of the rainforest valleys or the snow-topped alpine meadows, or the ocean. I love to take people to special places and have them experience the wonderment of just being there experiencing it. What a joy it is! It’s not something my camera often captures. Continue reading What Represents Connection to Me

Pondering the Lowly Dandelion

The Lowly Dandelion I read Pickled Pastors posted sermon dealing with dandelions (there’s a link at the bottom of this post,) and a few things came to mind. I realize the photo above is not a dandelion but for now, it will do. (I went outside to photo a dandelion flower or some fairies and they were all gone–gone away till the next batch pops up. All our yard currently sports is the greens and their deep roots.) Let me remind readers that I’m a medicinal herbalist. The lowly dandelion, it’s true, is termed a weed by modern gardeners and … Continue reading Pondering the Lowly Dandelion

Blogging 101 Day 5: Themes

REVIEWING THEMES Hello everyone. It took me a few times reading the assignment to focus in on the very first sentence: “If you go into the “Themes” section of the classic dashboard, you’ll be able to preview themes without actually activating them.” I was so concerned about losing what I had I failed to see this sentence. Maybe I can blame it on being to tired. Anyways, I’ve become attached to my current theme but here are some ones that I tried: Saga: I liked this theme. Dark, clean, drop down menu. Edin: This did not work for me. It … Continue reading Blogging 101 Day 5: Themes