• Putting in near the Consumnes River

    Kayaking In The Dark

    Have you ever gone kayaking in the dark?  I am here to tell you that it is a fabulous experience, especially if you are on a river so you can’t really get lost. As many of you know I love sunsets. I take lots of photos of sunsets and sunrises. So when I learned of a trip through REI to…

  • Hiking Jenkinson Lake

    Hiking for me is nearly always a joy. Walking along the 8.5 mile trail that surrounds Jenkinson Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is pure pleasure.  The drive from Sacramento is only 50 minutes and the trail has an easy rolling terrain, full of shade.  Lots of places to dip your toes in the water and relax along the way…

  • Stay Calm and Drink Water!

    Stay calm, breathe! Drink water! Everyone tells us this is smart. But I have struggled to find an on-the-go tumbler that is earth-positive AND encourages me to drink, drink, drink.  The perfect no-spill bottle and straw by Contigo was my answer. Another gorgeous day working outside. I love summer; the breeze, the scent of gardenia and honeysuckle wafting by, the…

  • Plastic Pollution Makes Roads

    Plastic pollution is clogging our oceans and seas.  Fishermen in India are making a dent in the problem and putting it to good use. India and Plastic Pollution Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean,…

  • Transitions of Summer

    Transitioning into summer has been very enjoyable this year in Sacramento.  The temperatures have risen but now seem to be staying mostly in the high 80s and low 90s.  Since school ended in early June I have spent much of my time working on re-creating curriculum for my 5th graders next year and teaching summer school.  But I am definitely…

  • A Fully Transparent Solar Cell

    This Could Make All Windows & Screens A Power Source Posted on March 26, 2015 by Gretchen M Fogelstrom. The age of solar power is here.  Every day I read something amazing.  Read this article on a new solar technology that only produces a 1% return, but imagine – if every piece of glass were involved…! Collective Evolution March 24, 2015…

  • 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles

    Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles An art installation project in Bristol, England, is turning the spotlight on the problem of single-use containers. TAKE PART by Liz Dwyer Aug 30, 2015 ‘The Bristol Whales’ art installation. (Photo: Instagram) Running a road race—whether it’s a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or the grueling 26.2-mile distance of a full…

  • Sacramento in Spring

    Spring in Sacramento is the perfect time to live here.  The weather has simply been divine.  Mid 70s, slight breeze, glorious sunshine with wispy clouds ever so often… Hopefully it will rain a bit more before the scortching summer heat arrives as we did not have a wet winter and everyone is worried we are going back into drought mode. …

  • The Jade Serpent

    Congratulations!

    Congratulations to Pam Curcio! Pam won “The Treasure Chest Mysteries,” book two: The Jade Serpent in my Amazon giveaway. Thank you to all who entered to win. I hope you enjoyed the holidays, surrounded by friends, family and lots of laughter. After an active, five days with family, I am happily back to writing; working on the outline of Book…

  • Enter to Win My Book

    Hi Friends, Want to win my latest book that is perfect for the 7 – 9 year old in your life? It is full of adventure, geography and history. Enter for a chance to win “The Jade Serpent.” Simply click on this link to be entered into the drawing! AMAZON Giveaway! Happy Reading Everyone!