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Transformation

A huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. Can you feel it? Over the last few days, I’ve found myself in a better mood, smiling more and hopeful again about the future. We have a long way to go, but I think we will get there.

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Reconnecting

The blue state vs. the red state thing has to end. We should not be fighting each other. We should be combating a virus to save lives. The virus is neither a democrat or a republican, it’s simply a killer.

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Out of the way places

Moon falls is a majestic area with an incredible waterfall and a relatively easy 1 mile trail. Getting to it is the big holdup here, and we had our issues. Although we had been here before, Google maps took us on a different route than previous and we ended up on a maze of confusing and rough logging roads that took us to a spot above the trailhead. Google announced “you have arrived” but in fact, we weren’t there yet.

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Unprecedented Times

People, this fire has been burning for far too long. Let’s put this fire out together. Now is the time. Stand up, speak up, do not stay silent any longer. This is not a time to say “me, me, me”, it’s a time to say “what can I do to help?” We need to come together as the human race. We are all human beings, are we not? It’s our right to peacefully protest to inspire change, and we’ve let this go on much too long.

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Off the Tracks…

It’s funny how life goes along at a livable pace and then something happens to throw everything off. Often, it doesn’t take much to do that, but sometimes it’s big things that take you off track and you fight like hell to get back on it.

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Fun and Games

Okay. That’s me. What about you? What are you doing to pass the time? Tell me of your inventive ways to spend your free time. What is keeping you sane right now?
Please share in the comments below. There are many of us that need ideas….SPILL!!!
Extra credit goes to the person that can identify the gaming controller in the picture above…LOL

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Hows Everyone Holding Up?

No matter where you live, I’m sure if you are reading this, the COVID-19 virus has affected your life in some way. Are you quarantined? Are you an essential worker? I would really like to know your stories. Please, if you have a comment or story to share, leave them in the comments below.

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Uncertain Times

I write this just as the Oregon Governor has issued a stay at home order for all Oregonians. I was in line at the bank drive thru when it was announced. Well…at least I made my car payment.

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Heartbreak

Whether you’re young or a little older, we’ve all had times in our lives when our heart was broken. A best friend moves away, a parent or sibling or other family member passes away, or a relationship falls apart. All of these things and so much more can cause heartbreak.

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2020

We finally got back out there this weekend! First hike of 2020 in the books. We did a simple trek to McDowell Creek. It’s closeby, and an easy one to start off with.

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Looking ahead

As I sit here, hunkered down to do some writing, I am trying also to look ahead at things to come. The last year is in the past and I have much to look forward to.

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Busy time of year

I know this is a tough time of year for everyone. It is for me. I work hard to try to remember my sister, my brother and my parents in a positive light, but the negative of the loss always seeps through. I miss them all. I wish they were here.

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Titles and Covers

It’s been so cold here in Oregon lately, and we stayed warm, huddled up on the couch under a blanket watching Dolly Parton’s Heart Strings on Netflix. Corny, I know but man that woman can still sing!

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Patience

It’s hard, isn’t it? Being patient about anything is a chore. Right now, I am exercising patience about several things, some of which I will mention, some I will keep to myself 😁

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As promised

We ventured back to Sweet Creek this past weekend and as promised, I have pictures for you. We didn’t make it in time for the intense Fall colors we were hoping for but it was still a lovely day spent outside.

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been a fun time of the year. Seeing all the little dinosaurs, jedi knights, superheroes and princesses out and about trick or treating.

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Here we go

With the impending release of Crimson and Amber, Book Two of the Coffee and Emeralds series on Audible, life has been both busy and stressful.

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It’s been a while

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post. Sorry I’ve been so absent.Life is so busy sometimes and it makes it hard to find time to do what I need to do.I apologize to my readers for not checking in.I’m still here!

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The PNW

Hiking anywhere in the Pacific Northwest is always a refreshing and renewing experience. It doesn’t matter where we go when we spend time in the trees, its always a rewarding and wonderful time.

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Sorry I’m late…

It’s coming really soon! I’m very excited about my producer/narrator, Tristin Rutherford! She’s done a fabulous job. I really feel as if she’s brought the characters to life and I’ve found myself laughing, crying and worrying along with Jo and Sarah.

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Hello there

My day usually starts at 5 am. I get up, write for two hours then get set to go to work. In itself, that can be exhilarating as I progress in my current storyline. Sometimes though, I need to take a break, like last week.

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Taking bigger steps…

As I continue to write my next book, a dystopian novel featuring strong female characters, I continually step into the present in the USA and it comes through in my words. I really hope this book makes it to the mainstream.

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Getting out

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted about any hikes we’ve done the past few weekends. We do some type of hike nearly every Saturday and that will continue. Oregon is a great place to do that and we usually manage to find a place that neither of us has been to before to investigate.

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Happy Pride!

Happy Pride everyone! This year at Portland, Oregon Pride I was happy to be able to go with my partner and as usual, Pride NW did not disappoint. 25 years of Pride festivals and they know how to do it right. There were a large number of supporters of LGBT rights present. Straight allies and […]

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Cover Reveal!

I’m thrilled to share with you the cover of my upcoming book: Crimson and Amber, Coffee and Emeralds, Book 2! Release is set for later this month!

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Excerpt Time

Today, I thought I would give you a small taste of book two, tentatively titled Crimson and Amber, of the Coffee and Emeralds series.It’s just a little taste πŸ˜ƒ. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know in the comments what you think…I’m not giving much away in this excerpt…sorry 😁~Rae

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Learning to Grow

.It was a long hike through the trees and the tiny off the grid community of Jawbone Flats, Oregon to Opal Pools. We sat and ate lunch at the spot pictured above and enjoyed the warmth of the day and the feeling of renewal such a day gives.

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Evolving storyline

Our lives are ever evolving storylines. Just like a book, but not as dramatic. Or maybe some lives are more dramatic? I certainly see that in the world around me. Even when our lives are going well, sometimes we focus on the dramatic and forget to stop and enjoy what is good and right. You […]

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Connecting and re-connecting

I recently arrived at a place in my life where I can see my past more clearly. It’s taken me a long time to get here. I know more about myself. I’m coming to grips with hard things I had no control over in my life (and some things I do) and putting some of […]

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VOTE

Just do it. Vote and make your voice heard. This is the most important election in modern times.

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