Eclipsing Super Blue Moon


Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash

The moon got a lot of attention at the end of last month. On the big day, I got up early to see that eclipse. It was neat, not dynamic but worth seeing.

The big moment of supermoon beauty for me happened the Monday before the eclipse. Continue reading

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Profuse Apologies, Learn How-to!

I am so sorry! [Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash]

I wish I knew how to make lavish, luxuriant, lush apologies that makes the person I’ve offended feel soothed, salved, and almost glad that I did that awkward apology-worthy thing.

Here’s what I’m working with:

  1. Please let me apologize, I need to. Or I am so sorry.
  2. Gosh, I know I did that! (Not, gosh, how did I do that?)
  3. Let me make this up to you….
  4. I promise this won’t happen again because I learn from my mistakes.

So, tell me your golden words that removes the scowl from someone’s face.


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Baby steps

I never get around to making New Year’s resolutions. To make up for that I’m taking a  baby step today!

I’m giving myself an easy thing to do: google physical activity.

One study I found made me think about what causes what.

If losing weight does not come easily, you might appreciate this research on body mass (as measured by Body Mass Index) and physical activity.

Bear with me because like all good researchers, these guys qualified their findings.

The authors’ careful analysis suggests that higher body mass index causes a more sedentary life style.  That means that BMI is the chicken that creates the sedentary-life egg. So, having a higher BMI  does not appear to be caused by being glued to the coach. HA!

This means we don’t need to spend time angsting about a sedentary life style. It could be that not moving all that much is a result of your current BMI. Not definitive, but intriguing. Time to unload some guilt.

Obesity (2006) 14, 1462–1471; doi: 10.1038/oby.2006.166

Prospective Associations between Sedentary Lifestyle and BMI in Midlife*

Laust H. Mortensen*,, Ilene C. Siegler, John C. Barefoot,, Morten Grønbæk*and Thorkild I.A. Sørensen


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Things have a good side and a bad one, too

Miraculous moments can have an awesome effect and an aggravating one.

First, some awesomeness. Walking this morning, a moment came when I felt so grateful I can walk. So great to walk in a safe, beautiful place.

A friend on the path.


Even the turtles are friendly.

Then, some aggravation. It would be a miracle if some of the hassles of daily life would dissolve.

Check out my miraculous poll.

Enjoy those little moments.

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What Legends Do Our Kids Love?

My family organized the best Christmas party ever, featuring Anna and Eva from Frozen.

Watching the kids delight in these characters, I wondered will these Disney fairy tales be the legends of the future?

For all of us, that soaring lyric of ‘let it go’ was thrilling.


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Are box turtles easier to herd than cats?

  • Watching the herd

Sunny day

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Sitting Still Causes Death!

You know how something pops up all over the internet,


something ordinary creates a dreadful condition. Over a year ago,  the shocker was sitting shortens your life!

Here’s the bad hook-If you sit for more than six hours a day, your life is shorter by an average of seven years. Life shorteners you may encounter: heart disease, breast and prostate cancer, pre-diebetes, osteoporosis, and more.

All kinds of people sit for a big part of their day- bus drivers, admins, even the mail carrier in our area sits in her truck all day. Do most writers sit for more than six hours a day? Probably. I know I do.

If you are not moving right along, your blood chemistry has increased LDL- the ‘bad’ cholesterol, making you more susceptible to osteoporosis, and to developing insulin resistance, first step on path to diabetes.

More bad news from

“Right after you sit down, the electrical activity in your muscles slows down and your calorie-burning rate drops to one calorie per minute. “

Now the amazingly easy secret antidote:

Stand up and move around once each hour.

Sitting shortens your life, but a small amount of movement changes that picture.

Got that? Moving a little each hour does the trick. Being restless and fidgety is good for you!

Phew!! This is easy stuff like walking to the water cooler or printer. Maybe befriending a smoker and going outside with them.

Pacing inside, walking to the mail box or or checking out the sky can all add years to my life.

Gotta have some physical activity as part of my routine. Maybe that adrenaline rush from the horror about what sitting at the computer does to my body helped me in some other way.

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Amazing Snowman

Snowman does handstandWe don’t get much snow in the desert, so I find this snowperson standing on its head is enchanting.

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Beautiful thought!

Keep Calm and Kiss A Cowboy

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Conflict—Giving LIFE to Your Fiction

A useful outline of what we hate in real life and LOVE to read about!

Something new: rape is the standby conflict for inexperienced writers. Who knew?

Conflict—Giving LIFE to Your Fiction.

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