Monday, November 18, 2019

KAUAI WRITERS CONFERENCE AT THE MARRIOTT
I attended the writers conference with the intention of pitching a manuscript Ben and I are co-authoring. It's a self-help medical book on bipolar disorder. Hopefully, the book will be published through a brick and morter publishing company. Keep posted for future news.
MARRIOTT COURTYARD

COURTYARD AT NIGHT

HULA SHOW

AUTHORS LUNCHEON

BUSINESS TRIP TO KAUAI (Photobombed by a Chicken)
KAUAI BEACH RESORT
GORGEOUS BEACHES
VIEW FROM 4000'
AWESOME SUNRISES AND SUNSETS
SUNSET DINNER CRUISE BY NAPALI
COOL LIGHTHOUSE



Monday, March 11, 2019

International Speech Contests

March is International Speech Contest month. I needed to complete a High Performance Leadership Project. I chose organizing speech contests. Since I'm participating this year, I can't be a functionary. I was successful in choosing Contest Chairs, Chief Judges and Toastmasters. I gave 5 speeches on judging. For the HPL I also gave two speeches. Including speaking at contests, I've given 10 speeches
I placed 1st at NW Comedy Club, 2nd at Sumner Lifelong Learners and 2nd at Puyallup Valley Voices. Now it's on to Area, Division and District contests. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas 2018 was a wonderful family time. Lots of food, games and conversation. I'm proud of my children and significant others.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING EVENT

I formed a team and we put on a Christmas storytelling event. The stories were very touching. What a great group of tellers.
Elfis helped me sing Silent Night.

RAINFOREST WALK

Today I got away from all the hubbub and took a walk in the rainforest. It's only a 30 min drive from our house with no stoplights or traffic. 
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

UGLY SWEATERS

Parteee Time. Lots of Christmas parties in December. Getting good use of our ugly sweaters.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

POETRY READING

Black Gold Coffee in Black Diamond hosted a poetry reading. I sang a Sasquatch song. 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Published Books

The primary purpose for the blog is about my writing. I've published 18 books so far and am working on more. In addition to writing, I've expanded into storytelling and public speaking. My artistic and photographic skills have also increased with self-publishing

Yuletide Music

Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over, we can turn on the Christmas music and play along. BTW, the elf has come out of hiding.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thankful on Thanksgiving

Great Thanksgiving table spread. I'm very thankful for opportunities in the United States. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Chinook Pass

I drove to Chinook Pass for a change of scenery and wasn't disappointed. There's about 4 inches of snow at the summit. It won't be long until they close it for the winter. A couple ravens begged for a handout. Awesome birds.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

HOUSE PROJECTS

My fall project: redoing a bedroom. Stripping wallpaper, texturing, painting and adding new carpet. Wow! What a lot of work! In exchange for the bedroom I got the full loft for my art studio. It also got new carpet.

Christmas Storytelling Party

Fireside storytellers will have a Christmas party on Dec 10. I'm using the event to achieve a goal in Pathways. I've created a team to organize and carry out the function.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PLATEAU AREA WRITERS ASSOCIATION

As a Public Relations officer for PAWA, I contacted Carol Stanley to put on a presentation for our quarterly meeting. She's an inspirational speaker and voice coach.


TELLEBRATION

Mt Tahoma Storytellers hosted a storytelling event called Tellebration. I told an Irish folktale; The Salmon of Knowledge. It was a delightful evening with eight storytellers.
Upcoming Events:
Christmas Program-December 10
Irish Program-February 11
World Storytelling-March 22

RAINIER HILLS PHOTO CLUB

This month's photo club assignment is 'sports'. Since I don't shoot team sports, this is all I have. This was taken at the Roy Rodeo last year. I had the setting on burst mode and caught this calf roper in action. (Click on images for full screen)
September theme was farm animals. The first was a technical winner and second a great alternate image.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

PHOTO WORKSHOP

Rainier Hills Photo Club hosted a workshop on children's photography. My neighbor has a photo studio with hundreds of props. Parents brought over a dozen children. I came away with about 3 dozen keepers. What a great workshop.



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Friday, November 9, 2018

FIFE ARTS COMMISSION

Fife Arts Commission started a guest speaker series. I gave my Strategic Storytelling presentation. I sold several books which is a plus.

STORY SLAM

Forrest Storytelling Festival hosted a story slam in which I signed up. I told my signature story, Horny Old Goat in front of 200 people. A little nervous at first but I did it.

IMPROV SHOW

I organized an improv presentation for NW Comedy Club. It was a super success. Charles Ames performed Sharon Dana and Ben Krack. We played a variety of games. This one is word freeze.
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