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Leslie Nan Moon- dog-500-e1508895136762One of my favorite artists, Leslie Nan Moon, has a spotlight show on now through November 11th. If you’re in the Seattle area, stop in at ArtEast in Issaquah and check it out!

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The Unexpected

20170821_100936It pays to take the time to look a little closer…

Yes, it took me almost a month to look at the whole photos from the eclipse day instead of the thumbnails. To my surprise and delight, in my ‘failed’ photos of the direct sun, I caught a cool image of the eclipse in the spots that formed from the camera’s capture of the light. I’m also thinking the beam pattern around the orb is odd with the vertical bright ones and soft even rays around the rest of the disc. Cool, I thought!

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No doubt you’ve heard plenty about the solar eclipse, but I thought I’d post my photos anyway. I hadn’t read of this aspect of it – how the trees create viewers through each hole between their leaves – but I recognized it with delight. The tiny crescents scattered everywhere from the huge tree across the street struck my eye as strange and beautiful.

I thought it would get dark at the 92% totality in my area, but the lower level of light was noticeable and it got colder, for sure. The level of light made my brain feel funny, and after the eclipse my sense of time was completely off until late evening when I guess my internal clock and my external understanding of time got in sync again. Usually I know what time it is to within a couple minutes, and I was almost two hours off thinking it was about 10:30 when it was 12:28. Maybe the funny feeling in my head during the darkening morning light was my inner clock duking it out with my external clock.

Did you see the eclipse this time around? Did it throw off your internal clock or affect you in any other notable way?

BORDER BLUES

I found this post by my blog friend at bluebrightly thought-provoking, moving and well written. I was especially intrigued by the wrapping together of landscape, cultural and political climates. So often we separate things and dissect issues of various natures with a false and clinical disconnect, when our environment, heart and society are actually fully intertwined.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARegular visitors to this blog know it’s usually image-heavy, without too much text. This time it’s the other way around. There’s a story I can only hint at here, an important one. If you’re interested, follow the links to learn more. And if this isn’t your thing, be assured that next time I’ll revert to the usual emphasis on photography.

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In a recent post I featured cacti and other unusual plants at Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona, which I visited in January.  As much as I enjoyed the extraordinary Sonoran desert landscape, I could not ignore our troubled border with Mexico, which forms the monument’s southern edge.

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Being present at the border brings home everything you hear in the media, and more. International borders are political concepts, often drawn for colonial interests that ignored existing human, cultural and ecological realities. These territorial boundaries directly impact the land, the…

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CapitalIndieBookCon2 – A Fabulous Day at the Book Fair

This was a fun book fair with such a wide variety of authors and books. I was glad I spent the day there…I’m not in the photos since I took them all, but the first and last photos are of my authors group’s table, and my author-friend Rachel Barnard.

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Here are some highlights from the day in Olympia at CapitalIndieBookCon2. It was a great day of meeting authors and readers!

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Drive-thru Cookies & the Meaning of Fortune

20170502_190150As fate would have it, I read a story about Destiny and then an article about Chance back to back on two of my favorite new blogs…new to me, that is. This coincidence came on the heels of much contemplation on Fortune and the intertwining of what we’re given vs. what we choose. I’d been thinking over the plot twists for my time travel series, Miss LiV Adventures. Basic idea is Miss Livingstone steps from one dimension to the next and lives different potential lives. Ultimately she will have to choose which one to live – who she wants to be, who she wants by her side, and who and what she’s willing to lose.

Do we have such mastery over our destiny? Do we want to? Is everything a choice or are there things which are fated for us?

Several of us got into a great discussion in comments following the Chance article, about how everything is based on choice, but I would say there is definitely some element of fortune to our lives. What we start with, where and when we’re born and what circumstances our families live in, shape our sets of choices greatly. The idea of this type of fortune came back to me when my husband and I were driving back to town on the freeway and were craving dessert.  Neither one of us wanted to tackle the grocery store, so I remembered I had a small balance on my Starbucks card and we went to their drive-thru and got a cookie each. Drive-thru cookies…that is fortune indeed.

Woot! I Won Camp NaNo!

Yup, I did it! All smiles here! 🙂

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Seventy-six hours of editing in 30 days! My goal was 75. It was a lot of work, but I’ve really got a handle on the second book in my Witty Miss Livingstone series and a better grasp of the full story arc of the other 3 books to come. Yay! Congrats to all the rest of you who won or who made some progress on your writing goals this month!

I also completed the AtoZ Blogging Challenge on my other blog, Miss LiV Adventures. I had a great time posting for each letter, found some cool new blogs and met some fun and interesting new people. I survived and then some! Fun!

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