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From The Desk Of Zoe Washington By Janae Marks

Being an Audio Book and Podcast Geek

I listen to audio books and podcasts constantly (even more during shelter in place). I'm always walking around with headphones, and it super irritates my husband. He'll say something to me and I'll say, "What?" He'll say, "Never mind!" Audio books help me stay up on current literature in the genres I write, or to learn a new topic or…

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Mill Valley Library

Desperately Missing My Library

Photo courtesy of Mill Valley Library My library, the Mill Valley Library, is one of the most beautiful. It's my friend, my helper, idea source, inspiration, entertainment and so much more. With shelter in place, there's like a hole in my heart without the library. Plus I'm holding over 15 books to return, and it feels like one of the…

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Selfie Along The Sausalito Prominade

Virtual Armed Forces Half Marathon

On May 23rd, Keating Vogel, Anita Castro Sparks and I ran the virtual Armed Forces Half Marathon in our area. This half marathon is usually held at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, and is one of the most poignant races as we honor our service members. In uniform they will welcome us at the finish with medals and thank us-which…

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April 19th Virtrual Bend Half Marathon In Mill Valley

Virtual Bend Half Marathon

Masked up and running. I had been so looking forward to the Bend Half Marathon 2020. But when COVID-19 hit, all races were cancelled. My running friends offered to train with me, and run the race with me. On April 19th, we ran 13.1 miles, from Mill Valley to Sausalito.

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Concentrating with COVID-19

I believe that every person is overwhelmed in one way or another, worrying and protecting against COVID-19. It is hard to go through the day without grieving for another person, city, county or nation. The drastic changes that many have gone through and are going through have changed their lives in ways we can’t imagine. The deck has reshuffled and…

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Ask Magazine Oct. 2019 Deep Dark Ocean

Internet Ocean, ASK magazine

How do web pages from around the world instantly get to your computer? Through skinny cables along the bottom of the ocean. Enjoy Internet Ocean in Deep Dark Ocean, Oct. 2019 issue of Ask Science Magazine This is my first article in Ask magazine and probably one of the hardest articles to write. To me, getting information on our computers…

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Saving Mali’s Migrating Desert Elephants

Saving Mali’s Migrating Desert Elephants Once there were thousands of migrating Gourma Desert Elephants in Mali.  Now there are fewer than 400. Around the world people help to save them. Mali’s Desert Elephants are baraka—a blessing to the people and environment. But drought, militant violence, poachers, expanding herds and farms, and encroaching human settlement threaten the elephants’ survival. This article…

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Cherry Orchid Irrigating Ditches Mid Century

Six Minutes to Uncover a Memory

At the August 2019 Los Angeles SCBWI Conference for children's writers and illustrators, award-winning author Meg Medina shared a terrific writing tip she uses to draw on her history. She takes 6 minutes every morning to write about a specific childhood memory. So I set my timer and wrote. What a great way to uncover and reveal the time, feelings,…

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SCBWI LA Conference Tips!

This has to be one of the biggest gatherings of children's writers, authors, illustrators, editors, art directors, interested friends and more. Given it's size, here are a few tips from my frequent attendance: Bring your water and coffee mug - save on trash. Pick your sessions carefully based on topic for your work needs, or who is a likely that…

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Half Marathon Runners

Keep on Running

I hope to run to 103 years old - this is one amazing woman. https://www.businessinsider.com/julia-hawkins-record-runner-shares-life-tips-2019-6 Her philosophy is equally as beautiful as she is - keep in good shape and enjoy the magic moments in life. She felt fortunate to be married for 70 years to someone she loved and respected. She says just keep active, passionate about learning new…

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