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Regular routine?


For the past several months, I have struggled with a writing routine as I traveled but, summer has eased into autumn, and I draw inspiration from quotes, by Gustave Flaubert. Capturing photos from around the US has been inspirational. I’m discovering a routing for my writing. 🙂 “Passionate happiness.” With many years of discovery, passion and happiness are life desires. Combining both with something you … Continue reading Regular routine?

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“A patched quilt of life.”


Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I entered the local library for a book, and I saw the most incredibly beautiful king size quilt hanging on display behind glass. I stood for several moments mesmerized by the lovely simplistic yet intricate design of the quilt, and to my surprise, the quilt’s was named “Babe.” I felt and sensed a presence of contentment within me as I was … Continue reading “A patched quilt of life.”

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“A National Parks Geek.”


It was a day after the American Labor Day holiday and the unofficial end of summer. But more importantly for me, it is the demographic transition of the US National Parks. I learned a couple of new phrases distinctive to Yellowstone National Park with the upcoming change of seasons, as the winds blow new color onto the leaves. The phrases “newlyweds, to the nearly dead,” … Continue reading “A National Parks Geek.”

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Traveling soothes the soul.”


Recently while I was touring and photographing the West Rim Drive of Crater Lake in Oregon, I met a New Zealander in his late twenties, and a 66-year-old couple all of whom were northbound hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I first noticed them descending a mountain using their trekking poles to guide and control their descent into the scenic pullout where I was parked. As … Continue reading Traveling soothes the soul.”

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“Pacific Crest Trail Days.”


  The Pacific Crest Trail Celebrated 50 Years as A National Scenic Trail of 2,650 miles from the California Mexican border to the Washington State, Canadian Boarder. It normally takes six months to traverse the distance separated from family, friends, a job, homes, to overcome fears, regret, enduring pains, seeking water, dealing with loneliness at times while away from an established life. The trail is a … Continue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Days.”

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“Chipmunks​ Everywhere!”


I was taking a short day hike around the campground in Collier Memorial Park in Oregon when I met another camper/traveler and our conversation turned to current events. It was unique how on August 25, 2018, neither one of us were aware of current events, and in so many ways I felt it was a fortunate blessing. But, later in the day, when I tried … Continue reading “Chipmunks​ Everywhere!”

“Travel dreams crossing the U.S.”


  It has been a little over a month since I last posted a blog simply because I’m enjoying the time of my life fulfilling my dreams. The photos displayed in this blog post and the next couple to follow identify my destinations across the U. S. from Grand Isle north of Burlington VT, to Cape Disappointment State Park in Washington State along with everything … Continue reading “Travel dreams crossing the U.S.”

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“Womens Rights Museum.”


There are many unique museums and places I want to visit, learn and further understand American history. Many tourists and travelers see and reveal in video and blog postings the visual beauty of the locations they visit without explaining the history of the location, the people, their dreams and more importantly what we can learn from this knowledge to improve our world. The Women’s Rights … Continue reading “Womens Rights Museum.”

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“Table talk.”


The town of Creighton New Hampshire was to celebrate the 1948 class reunion of the small towns only high school with 43 of the original 97 class members still alive. On Friday morning the weekend of the festivities at the Jenkins diner, in Creighton New Hampshire an elderly man enters shuffling along in search of a place to sit. He stopped at a table occupied by … Continue reading “Table talk.”

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Astral Congregation


At the beach, or in the park, the morning blend of sites and sounds coupled with the warm sunrise temperatures to sooth the skin adds to the beauty of the day ahead,. Sparrows, warblers, and finches chirp with enthusiasm along with the morning doves cooing to one another adding to the softness of the morning as I watch them fly around upon soft, warm breezes. The morning walkers, … Continue reading Astral Congregation

“Finally 2017 ending, now 2018!”


Finally, with the end of 2017, the entire world is looking forward to 2018 with incredible optimism. Many people around the world will begin new healthy and personal habits in a new year, so if you find yourself behind on new habit changes, as the weeks and months of the new year progresses there are several types of calendars to choose from if you want … Continue reading “Finally 2017 ending, now 2018!”

A traveler’s miraculous discovery


Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. Antonio Machado A wannabe traveler’s miraculous discovery is the day they realize and understand their passionate dreams of travel. Their travel soul hibernated under layers of societies mandatory expectations while dreams of wanderlust, vagabonding and nomadic travels defining the passions deep within their soul. The … Continue reading A traveler’s miraculous discovery

“Legendary Inheritance.”


Fifteen years have passed since international Dodgeball star Lucas Leonard Lopez was seen on the court. However, his eldest son Lewis Leonard Lopez has followed in his father’s footsteps playing Dodgeball and graduating from his father’s alma-mater Potemkin University where he has led the Dodgeball team to four NCAA championships. The young phenom has chosen to forgo the international Dodgeball draft and became a walk-on … Continue reading “Legendary Inheritance.”

“Procrastinating Pressure.”


The significance of procrastinating pressure to complete goals is sometimes a necessary emotion when you find snippets of excuses to forgo what should be done. With thirty days to write 50,000 words, it may seem daunting at first, but with proper and essential preparation it possible to find success. Spending each day including Thanksgiving taking bites of the writing challenge, I forged a one-way road towards completion knitting together … Continue reading “Procrastinating Pressure.”

“Halloween Neighborhood-Lessons.”


There was a time in the 60’s, and 70’s when the mystery of keeping your home secure during the Halloween season was something you passed on to new neighbors. I had new neighbors who moved in two weeks before Halloween. They were a young couple without any children and the wife thought she would bake several dozen caramel popcorn balls to pass out. On Halloween … Continue reading “Halloween Neighborhood-Lessons.”

“Ghoulish.”


I have never really liked Halloween since the horrible calamity of 1975, for which my father tells the story with the smiling gleefulness of a teenager like it was yesterday. The events of that night have left me traumatically scared for which I have endured nightmares until this day. I was a child only 5-years of age when my mother dressed me as Casper the … Continue reading “Ghoulish.”

“Mirrored Gratitude.”


With their annual Halloween party two days away, Erica stood in the mirror admiring her Cleopatra costume. She adjusted the black wig with a gold beaded headpiece while marveling at the matching earrings and choker necklace. She began studying the costumes sleeveless top with brightly colored gold pyramid sequined edgings, and she moved closer towards the mirror she noticed that with no bra on she … Continue reading “Mirrored Gratitude.”

“Identifying Trademarks.”


The identifying trademarks were visible when the border officer lifted the tarp to reveal the cylindrical barrel. This story began after my best friend Charles and I attended the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders Football game Nov 16, 1997. Charles and I met and became close friends when we were 23-years-old, in the Marine Corp and after our time in the Corp was completed … Continue reading “Identifying Trademarks.”

“Cacophony: A band parents story.”g


My next door neighbors, Clifford and Joyce Ingram’s raised 6-children, who were born two and three years apart. When their eldest child Cynthia began playing the drums in the local elementary school band no one expected her siblings would follow in her musical footsteps. As the years passed their home was filled with the sounds of a Tenor & Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn, and … Continue reading “Cacophony: A band parents story.”g

“Enlighten.”


Enlightening moments in time brings life into focus. (M. J. Leake) After thirty-nine years of marriage, three adult children, one hysterectomy, and a husband I share a love with that make me giddy as a school girl when we have a date night. I’m have become aware that I cannot control what I cannot hold or touch. I’m unable to influence or persuade my adult child, … Continue reading “Enlighten.”

“Express.”


Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively? I use words creatively in sentences, paragraphs, short stories and soon to be novels. Writing is my passionate form of expression rooted deeply in my emotions forged from my past responsibilities. I move forward into my future as a writer of all forms and genres. 🙂 With … Continue reading “Express.”

“Brave, heroic, courageous, and daring.”


The above words are used to describe acts done by a person that if given a moment of thought many people would not perform for any reason. A person is considered brave, heroic, courageous, and daring because they did what they were supposed to do. (M. J. Leake) WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Brave, heroic, courageous, and daring.”

“Ascending.”


Life is like ascending a mountain one foot after another to accomplish what is desired. Standing atop of an accomplishment is a personal goal and time to reflect upon the journey it took.  After ascending and conquering any of life’s challenges builds confidence to propel you to handle whatever life puts before you. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Ascending.”

“Cloaked in darkness.”


A 5-year-old girl in a playground stops to look at the flight of a butterfly. She runs around mimicking its movements to understand the butterfly’s flying motions. Several years later she learns the basics of flight and is mesmerized enough to become an aeronautical engineer. Aluel Bol http://hotinjuba.com/south-sudanese-first-female-pilot-weds-a-polygamist-photos/ Many of life’s mysteries are cloaked in darkness but a lifetime of learning builds wisdom shining a … Continue reading “Cloaked in darkness.”