Survival Under Atomic Attack

My formative years occurred during the tail end of the Cold War, so in addition to earthquake drills (since we lived on a fault line), we also had frequent “nuclear” drills. These drills consisted of exercises like “Duck and Cover” (we climbed under our desks and covered our heads), or “Basement Shelter Drills” (we formed […]

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The 7 Stages of Heat in the Southwest

Arizona is a land of extremities. After all, we have an environment that is actively trying to kill you. Each year, Phoenicians experience what I like to call, the 7 stages of heat grief. They look a little like this. February – Stage 1: Shock and Denial This usually occurs in February. We’ll have a […]

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My worst injuries include cow skulls and walking

I’m the clumsiest person you’ll ever meet. Some of this is due to a lack of equilibrium from chronic ear infections and a malformed ear canal.  But most of it is due to not paying attention. Ironically, I’ve spent most of my life engaged in very dangerous activities that range from breaking mustangs to racing […]

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Taking the Shot

Years ago, I was heavily involved – nay, obsessed – with archery. With a strong draw and a good eye, I was (at one time) a fairly decent shot. I spent most weekends in 3-D competitions and most days in practice thinking about 3-D competition. But I didn’t just start out as a good shot. […]

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A Rock is the Best Gift Ever

This week, my husband bought me a rock… “A rock?” You ask. Yes, a rock. And it’s one of the most thoughtful gifts anyone has ever gotten me because it’s a Vanadinite crystal. Vanadinite is a creativity crystal – similar to a sorcerer’s stone, but for writers. My husband totally ‘gets’ me. This particular crystal is rumored […]

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UFOs (and Earth as a no-fly zone)

This morning, my husband and I were having one of our complex discussions about life and naturally the topic turned from square watermelons to life on other planets. (This is how a conversation typically goes when a Sagittarius marries an Aquarius). At any rate, I thought I would share it with you (purely for entertainment […]

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Violence in media: What is your tolerance level?

I had an interesting review on my book awhile back and it sort of made me laugh. Someone, I’m guessing an older woman, took offense to what happened to poor ole Megan in my book. Warning: Spoilers Below Now, if you have read the book, you know that nothing happened to the old woman. She […]

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Spay Pride Walk and Run for the Animals – Jan 25

Right now, I’m getting ready  for the Spay Pride Parade and Walkathon. This is a chip-timed event for the runners in your family, and the best thing about it is that it benefits animals. Not only that, but you can bring your dog along for some moral support or just for a nice walk. This […]

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The week in review

I spend a lot of time online not only for work, but for fun. Since I manage multiple social networks, I am always on the lookout for new information I can share with our readers and fun, well-written articles that are worthy of passing along. These are a few that I’ve found this week and […]

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Resolutions – or the lack thereof

I’m a big fan of making resolutions – not so much of one for following through. Knowing this about myself, I’ve tried to avoid making them in the past. Or at least to avoid putting so much pressure on myself when it comes to keeping them and knowing if I do make them, it’s just […]

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