Posts Tagged "Oregon"

Yield to a Smile

»Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Heartfelt Treasures | 11 comments

Author’s Note:  Yield to a Smile is a  piece that I created recently as part of a Plein Air writing exhibition at the local art gallery.  The challenge was to visit pre-selected outdoor locations and use what we saw, smelled, heard and felt to create an original essay or poem (500 word max).  Inspired by Blackberry Beach and the Easy Climb Trail, Cascade Locks (Oregon), for me this piece is personally about self-discovery and about allowing myself to let go and just use my imagination. Dedicated to my 6-year old grandson, who loves to go on adventures with me and who is always looking and waiting to discover a leprechaun. The title of this piece was inspired by the sign at the trail-head with typical hiking notations about staying on the path, don’t pick...

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Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 2 comments

Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

In the final countdown for our fall trip to Europe, I began to look at the pros and cons of purchasing a travel walking staff or cane. I wasn’t really sure which would best meet my needs and have the assistance and stabilization benefits I desired when walking on uneven ground and cobblestone streets. I started my research by looking at three options, all of which needed to have the prime features of being light weight and collapsible in order to fit in my suitcase: 1. Walking Stick: Walking sticks have been around for ages. First used by shepherds to assist with their job of protecting the flock from thieves and predators and also to help them traverse the steep craggy rocks of the grazing fields. Later walking sticks became a status symbol when brandished by...

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A Serendipitous Moment: Frankfurt Germany Chef

»Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Family Treasures, Travel Treasures | 2 comments

A Serendipitous Moment: Frankfurt Germany Chef

The worst part about going on a wonderful and memorable trip is preparing to come home. I like to spend the last night before we fly out in a nice, simple, clean hotel as close to the airport as possible. This makes it easy to get up in the morning and prepare to leave. I always utilize reviews on travel sites such as TripAdvisor when selecting overnight accommodations. My mom and I took my daughter (age 20) and my niece (age 27) on a self-guided and intimate tour through Germany and Austria. It was a legacy trip… an opportunity for my mother to share with her granddaughters some of her favorite European places. At the end of two weeks, the girls had to get back to their jobs and life, but we planned to spend an extra week touring some northern Germany locations...

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Do Not Fear

»Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog, Family Treasures, Heartfelt Treasures | 6 comments

Do Not Fear

Aaron was little when we moved from our tiny rental mobile home off Netarts Bay up to a small house in the wilderness above Beaver (Oregon) along the Nestucca River. Here we could have a garden, animals and more room for our growing family. We were the last house on the road before it became a dirt logging road and disappeared into the coastal mountains. Remote and isolated was an understatement. We loved it. David worked as a Paramedic at Tillamook Ambulance. His scheduled shift started at 5:00 p.m. and ended two days later at 5:00 p.m. This meant I was alone quite a bit with only our little three year old and myself to handle the chores around the house and the farm. I typically didn’t mind this. I worked part-time at the local grade school as an aide and...

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Parables From the Farm: Nature Speaks

»Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures | 2 comments

Parables From the Farm: Nature Speaks

A few years back when we were living in Tillamook, Oregon, I began a strict regime to get myself in better shape. I lost over 65 pounds by changing my focus, correcting my eating habits, and walking everyday. My morning walks took me on the road that ran along side the Trask River. I used this time not only for exercise, but to commune with nature and to fellowship with God. One crisp fall morning I was astonished to see what seemed like hundreds of brown and black woolly caterpillars crossing the road. Some were going from the left side of the road to the right. Then a little further on I located a few hurrying from the right side to the left. I don’t know what butterfly eventually evolves from these cute little bugs, and for the purpose of this writing it is...

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