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Autumn is a Special Time of Year for Red Pickleweed

Bright, Salty, Red & Yummy This is a very special time of year when pickleweed, the favorite food of the salt marsh harvest mouse, turns bright red and is loaded with salt. Pickleweed is a plant that looks like tiny pickles, tastes like pickles and grows in the salt marsh. Only in the Salt Marshes Around SF Bay Around San…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE READ ALL ABOUT SOCCER - New Book Released for Curious 5 – 8-Year-olds Mill Valley, CA. –  Soccer is definitely life around the world. Not a Saturday goes by without pick-up soccer games or organized soccer practices and tournaments. Soccer fields are filled with players and referees. Coaches are along a sideline and the opposite side is…

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Pay Attention to Running Experts

I've been running weekly (or nearly, when not injured) for over 19 years. Running in Marin County is the best. I've done 10 Marathons around the U.S., and over 40 Half Marathons. I'm a slow, determined runner. I was training for the Monterrey Half last fall and decided to do a 14 1/2 mile training run -  after doing 10…

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Autumn Writing

There is nothing like the colors of Fall. They go straight to my heart with their spectacular vibrancy. I also am a Fall baby, so it's in my blood. A run on trails covered with soft leaves, the crisp, cool air, with beautiful colors overhead, can't be beat. While the East Coast is amazing, California has its pockets of glorious,…

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Writing and Little Free Library

I think my Mother's Day gift really helped motivate my writing. It was so much fun. I asked my family for a Little Free Library (LFL) for our neighborhood, as I have all I need. What a joy it's been to get it ready with my husband and kids, gather the books, stock it and do the launch party. It…

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Back to Running & Writing

It's been 4 months since my fall on a morning run and resulting shoulder surgery. Physical therapy is thankfully bringing back shoulder movement. And I'm finally back on the trail - but running very slow, scrutinizing the ground for hidden potholes or bumps, especially at 6:30 am when its pitch dark. But it's a blessing to be back out there…

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A Bit Bionic and Back to Writing

Now with a steel plate and 8 pins in my shoulder, I thought that was an omen. It was! I'm braced for more running and writing. I just haven't started the running part yet. I did visit the scene of the fall and kicked the roadway ridges for good measure. But ironically, the injury did not impact my hand for…

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Serious Mental & Physical Setback

I love running and writing. So when I took a serious fall on a morning run, I figured all would be good. I've taken hits before. But this one was different. I couldn't move my left arm. X-rays, orthopedic sports doctor, and then orthopedic surgeon. Serious fractures in the left humerus (I learned what that was), Now I'm a bionic…

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Writing Resources

Getting the most out of a professional critique

Excluding my regular critique group (except during COVID), I've probably had over 100 professional writing critiques. Some harsh, some dismissive, some encouraging, some insightful, some throwaways. I've made a substantial investment in my writing career and I've learned a solid professional critique can put you on an enlightened path.
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Kids masks made with t-shirt ties

Writing for Magazines & Mask-Making

Teen Scouts help the Mill Valley Masketeers by cutting hundreds of t-shirts to make ear ties. Led by local Mill Valley citizen Lee Budish, people from around the community came together like the Scouts, to donate fabric, cut, sew and deliver over 14,000 masks to those in need.
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