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The Sisters, Cascade Mountain Range

Brain Cleaner for My Writing

My brain cleaner for writing is running--or journaling. After last week's horrific attack on our nation's Capitol, I needed a lot of brain cleaning. Nothing works better than a run (without falling) along the BLM and viewing the stunning Cascades. The incredible views always remind me to take deep breaths, count my blessings, be positive, and start anew. So as…

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Sunrise Mill Valley To Sausalito Trail

Header, Blood & Get Up

On a 6:30 am 5 mile run, 39 degrees, headlamp in place, and bundled like a muffin, I tripped on some unknown giant ridge that popped out on flat, paved walkway along SF Bay in Sausalito. I flopped along for a bit trying to right myself and crashed to the ground on the side of my head, knees, elbows, legs.…

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Children's Masks

It’s the Small Things During Covid

In Jan. 2020, I decided it was time to learn my new (!) sewing machine. I hadn't opened it's box in 15 years. I took a lesson. March 14th, we entered the pandemic and shelter in place. A friend suggested I might consider making masks to donate with a volunteer group called #millvalleymasketeers. After all, I could now thread my…

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Be a Life Long Learner for Change

The horrific events around the world from Covid-19 and the painful injustice and brutality against Blacks in the U.S. have seared everyone's heart, soul, conscience, and life. We need healthy healing, and fair and just policies to change a system that enables these heinous violent acts to continue. If that wasn't enough, in California we face overwhelming fires, deep unemployment,…

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From The Desk Of Zoe Washington By Janae Marks

Being an Audio Book and Podcast Geek

I listen to audio books and podcasts constantly (even more during shelter in place). I'm always walking around with headphones, and it super irritates my husband. He'll say something to me and I'll say, "What?" He'll say, "Never mind!" Audio books help me stay up on current literature in the genres I write, or to learn a new topic or…

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Mill Valley Library

Desperately Missing My Library

Photo courtesy of Mill Valley Library My library, the Mill Valley Library, is one of the most beautiful. It's my friend, my helper, idea source, inspiration, entertainment and so much more. With shelter in place, there's like a hole in my heart without the library. Plus I'm holding over 15 books to return, and it feels like one of the…

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Selfie Along The Sausalito Prominade

Virtual Armed Forces Half Marathon

On May 23rd, Keating Vogel, Anita Castro Sparks and I ran the virtual Armed Forces Half Marathon in our area. This half marathon is usually held at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, and is one of the most poignant races as we honor our service members. In uniform they will welcome us at the finish with medals and thank us-which…

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April 19th Virtrual Bend Half Marathon In Mill Valley

Virtual Bend Half Marathon

Masked up and running. I had been so looking forward to the Bend Half Marathon 2020. But when COVID-19 hit, all races were cancelled. My running friends offered to train with me, and run the race with me. On April 19th, we ran 13.1 miles, from Mill Valley to Sausalito.

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Concentrating with COVID-19

I believe that every person is overwhelmed in one way or another, worrying and protecting against COVID-19. It is hard to go through the day without grieving for another person, city, county or nation. The drastic changes that many have gone through and are going through have changed their lives in ways we can’t imagine. The deck has reshuffled and…

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Ask Magazine Oct. 2019 Deep Dark Ocean

Internet Ocean, ASK magazine

How do web pages from around the world instantly get to your computer? Through skinny cables along the bottom of the ocean. Enjoy Internet Ocean in Deep Dark Ocean, Oct. 2019 issue of Ask Science Magazine This is my first article in Ask magazine and probably one of the hardest articles to write. To me, getting information on our computers…

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