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How to Plan a Group Event — or — Lessons  Learned at Girls’ Camp

How to Plan a Group Event — or — Lessons Learned at Girls’ Camp

I went to camp last week. With 86 teen-age girls and 30 or so adults. No, I am not insane. Well, maybe just a little, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We had a ball. We camped at a group campground in the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver, called Pickle Gulch. ItContinue Reading

How to Plan a Group Event — or — Lessons  Learned at Girls’ Camp

How to Plan a Group Event — or — Lessons Learned at Girls’ Camp

I went to camp last week. With 86 teen-age girls and 30 or so adults. No, I am not insane. Well, maybe just a little, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We had a ball. We camped at a group campground in the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver, called Pickle Gulch. It…

The Unlikely TRUE Story that is “Surviving Hitler”

The Unlikely TRUE Story that is “Surviving Hitler”

Truth is so often stranger than fiction. People’s stories amaze me. I love to read biographies. I love to know about people. What shaped them? What made them who they are? Where did they come from and what’s the part we don’t know? The full title of this book is Surviving Hitler: The Unlikely True…

Food, Fun and Photography on the Fourth

Food, Fun and Photography on the Fourth

Happy Independence Day! This is my favorite holiday. Really. No pressure, no stress, no baggage, great food, great fun, family time and photo ops. How much better does it get as a photographer? So today, I thought I would share with you a few of my Fourth of July favorites. And, yes, it’s really Independence…

Six Ways to Boost Productivity–Infographic

Six Ways to Boost Productivity–Infographic

It’s Monday morning and the start of a new work week. I was away at camp last week (more posts on that later), so I am pretty sure I will go into the office this morning and find that my to-do box and my email inbox have both exploded while I was away. Sometimes it seems like…

Pool Safety Tips and Rules For Kids

Pool Safety Tips and Rules For Kids

When you have a pool in your back yard, and you have kids, it’s a recipe for many hours of fun in the water. One of life’s pleasures is to watch your children splashing and playing, inventing games where only they know the rules. But safety is a big issue for the pool, so here…

Tips for a Healthier and Tastier Food Storage Supply

Tips for a Healthier and Tastier Food Storage Supply

As any survival food expert knows, having a complete stock of well-stored food isn’t just an asset to put away and forget about. In fact, well prepared emergency food supplies should be part of every family’s daily diet. After all, if your children don’t want to eat the contents of your food storage pantry during…

Fabulous Food Photography Featuring Fruit

Fabulous Food Photography Featuring Fruit

Summer is the season of fruit. And I do love fruit. I love to grow it, I love to eat it And I even love to photograph it. And, of course when I’m done photographing it–yep, I get to eat it. Sounds like a win to me. Fabulous food photography, especially when photographing fresh food,…

Watermelon-Lime Slush Is an Easy Healthy Treat

Watermelon-Lime Slush Is an Easy Healthy Treat

Summer is just about here and that means it’s watermelon time at our house. We love watermelon. We buy at least one huge one every week, sometimes more. All that watermelon means we have a lot of opportunities for watermelon creativity. We’ve made many things out of watermelon over the years: watermelon fruit salad, watermelon…

D-Day 70th Anniversary “Saints and Soldiers: The Void”  Giveaway

D-Day 70th Anniversary “Saints and Soldiers: The Void” Giveaway

Seventy years ago today, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. More than 9000 of them were killed or wounded but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 more to begin the march across Europe to defeat Adolph Hitler and his army. Today we remember them with honor and…

The Lincoln Hypothesis–Book Review

The Lincoln Hypothesis–Book Review

Much has been written about Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, but The Lincoln Hypothesis by Timothy Ballard is an account unlike any other. It is not a biography, it is not a political history, and it is not a religious history. It falls somewhere in between all three. Timothy Ballard, the author, calls this book…

Monday, Monday, So Good to Me: Inspirational Thoughts To Start Your Week Off Right

Monday, Monday, So Good to Me: Inspirational Thoughts To Start Your Week Off Right

I admit it. I love Mondays. I actually look forward to them. I don’t know if it’s just that my weekends are so busy that Monday seems like a break, but I do love Mondays. There’s just something about that shiny new, fresh clean week all full of promise and possibility. I am sure it’s…

Photography: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Photography: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Ah, spring. I grew up in Southern California so I never really appreciated spring because we had no winter. Now that I live in the land of four seasons, I look forward to spring every year. I watch for those signs that the world is becoming colorful again and no sign makes my heart happier…