This photo of Autumn Color came from “Season’s Splendor.” Facebook page.   If you click on the image it will take you to the sight for more beauty.

I hope to be able to see such color in person one day.


Autumn Color from "Season's Spleador"

Autumn Color, one of many spectacular photos  on “Season’s Splendor” Facebook





Autumn = cozy & Nostalgic for some.


I’ve begun tweaking my blog hoping to improve the content and the layout as I learn. Suggestions are welcome.

Dawne Groves, an instructor at Whatcom Community College, encourages bloggers to make posts interesting.  In addition to that wisdom, during the 2015 Chanticleer Author’s Conference In Bellingham, WA  a corporate marketing expert, Steve Lundin,  offered a unique approach on ‘Branding for Writers.’ He said, “You are your brand.  Write about what excites you. And then you’ll connect to people who are excited about the same things.(I’m not giving advice to writers here.)

This sounds like fun to me. Before fiction writing kidnapped me, many things fascinated me. Now I continue to search for time to get back to some of them.

  • Drawing, watercolor painting, knitting, making cards, music, reading
  • Travel to Scotland, Pioneers & their history in Canada & the US
  • Organization, Healthy Food & good recipes, what is GMO?
  • Obesity & weight loss surgery, Being assertive & informed when needing Health Care

Next Sunday I’ll post a survey asking blog visitors & subscribers “what interests you.”  I might eventually have a page for writers, & a page for those who want to read about other things. Or you can read both.


Those who look forward to Thanksgiving with loved ones &/or friends, enjoy! Those who can spend a quiet time with a good book, a movie, a hike, enjoy also! Every day is special.


imageThis should get me going on this Northwest Pacific rainy gray day. Puff puff.  Notice there’s a mattress and a pillow right next to the bike.

How about you folks? What primes you to hit your day running?

Fun Friday: Is Leadership, Within, Outside Source, or Both?

Law of Attraction … lovely music … about the ability to lead.

Does leadership need to take us into the public eye? Or is the greatest leadership living within each one of us … the ability to lead our lives the way we passionately wish it could be? What do you think? Can we be a leader in a soup kitchen, planting our own garden, or cleaning someone else’s house, adding some calm to their life. The beautician in a salon who gives a massage of the scalp and neck, gives a lift.   The street person rewarding us with a smile from the heart when we offer a sandwich. Writing our stories, will they give a lift to someone?  Or does the gratification come because we wrote a story, reaching deep into our core?

Can we discover it, our own internal leadership,  seeking and finding our  own passion, living through letting go of our dreams of how we think it ought to be, and accepting each day as a gift, called the ‘present?’

Once the layers of “should” and “But I …” are stripped away, the identity we use to keep safe day to day (necessary armor at times) might yield to something exquisite in our core.  Some of us  get to peek, and then must run back into safety. But each peak is a step up.  Any insights to share?

Have a great weekend, my fellow leaders and followers, for I suspect we are all a bit of both.

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