Category Archives: Wow! Amazing Everyday

32 Reasons I Love Paper

Fussing with paper isn’t always great but I still love it. Here are 32 reasons to love paper. What are yours? I’ll add your additional ideas to the list and credit you.

  1. It doesn’t need wifi.
  2. It never has a low battery.
  3. It doesn’t try to e-mail itself to me.
  4. When my hands are full I can hold it between my teeth easily.
  5. Or stuff it in my back pocket and sit down.
  6. It’s always on.
  7. I can read what’s on it in bright sunlight.
  8. It doesn’t disturb my sleep cycles with blue light.
  9. It folds easily.
  10. It doesn’t ring in the middle of the night.
  11. It never says, “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that.”
  12. It doesn’t track my location.
  13. It doesn’t need a password.
  14. It feels good to touch.
  15. It comes in all sizes from 1″ x 1″ to wall sized.
  16. It can be rolled.
  17. You can glue things to it.
  18. You can cut it.
  19. You can throw it away.
  20. You can truly delete something by burning it.
  21. It flutters with wind.
  22. You can drop it and it doesn’t break.
  23. You don’t have to have an app.
  24. Coffee mug rings mean something on paper.
  25. You can pass notes.
  26. It doesn’t report on where you are.
  27. You don’t have to plug it in.
  28. It never offers to pay for something at random times.
  29. A blank sheet is an open invitation to doodle.
  30. You don’t have to turn it on.
  31. If it’s in book form it reminds you to read it by it’s physical presence.
  32. It’s a material that can be made to move at the speed of thought.

I Got Outside! How About You?

I got outside! I hope you did too!


The wind was going 12 mph along the SF Bay and whipping the mustard back and forth. I shot this with the app SlowShutter to accentuate the movement and then layered it on top of a still to add definition.


My kitchen bouquet of ranunculus looked great on the back patio while I journaled in the sun. I edited a version in Dreamscope, layered it on top of the original Snapseed edited version and masked out the center so the detail would show through.

How about you?

Go Outside

It is a beautiful weekend to be outside. Enjoy every moment!

 

California Poppy

 

View from Ed Levin Park Aqua Caliente Trail

 

Stevens Creek Trail Bridge

 

 

I have no idea but I hope you do

 

Bay Trail

 

Because It’s Friday


Go have yourself a full on bright orange Friday!

Another New Look: Dreamscope

 

 

I first noticed @dogsitter80 using Dreamscope in early March. Intrigued, I bought the app and began experimenting on flowers.

Calla Lilly

 

First I made the best version of the image in Snapseed, correcting and enhancing the natural image.

Then I pulled the image into Dreamscope and applied filters until I found one I liked.

 

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Clivia

The image is usually too over the top for me so then I blend the Snapseed and the Dreamscope image together in Blender.

It has been loads of fun!

 

 

California Poppy

 

Anemone

 

 

Why Don’t You Stop?


The sun picked out this dandelion and made it bright with its rays. I noticed and inside I said, “Wow!” But I ran on. Another prod came. “Why don’t you stop…and take a picture?” I strode purposefully on but began to waver. Two workmen painting the curb red for No Parking were ready to help me cross the street safely. But I stopped, turned on my heel, and parked myself in front of this blaze of glory and took not one but several photos. And this moment of noticing and embracing turned out to be the best part of my day. Why don’t you stop?

In Pursuit of Dreams

Whether young or old, you’ll never have more time than you have today. So, all those things you’ve been meaning to do. You should do them.

Beer Bottles for WebI’ve been saying I want to brew beer. But I wasn’t taking any tangible steps. So last summer, I bought an extract kit, went to a UC Davis brewing short course and gave it a go. I brewed a second batch, learned many brewing lessons, and realized you have to love it more than I do. I have one more batch in me and I plan to do it at You Brew in Portland.

IMG_0862Another thing I want to do is run a 50K or 31.25 miles on trails. I’ve been racing half-marathons on a spotty training plan and doing okay. An occasional 1st or 3rd. Moving up in distance meant more intentional in training. So I went to a Run Voyages running training camp with Ultrarunner of the Year, Magdalena Boulet and got some structure so that I can go from a haphazard training plan to 1 core workout (Pilates, weights or Barre), 1 speed and hill repeat run, 1 easy run, 1 long run with some tempo each week. Yikes!

I ran my first 30K or 18.75 miles this month and while it was muddy with sideways rain, I am ready for another one.IMG_0860

The last outlandish thing that I’ve been wanting to do that I will share with you is to be a peony farmer. However, instead of buying land and trying this out, I am going to Chateau CharMarron gardens in San Jose near the Calaveras Reservoir every 2 weeks during bloom season this year to see if I can buy a bunch of peonies. If that satisfies my itch, I can stop there.

The funny thing about all this is that it is about what I want. But what God wants is quite different.

Isaiah 1:17 says “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

When I look around there is plenty of injustice. The Big Short, a recent movie about when four outsiders saw the global collapse of the economy and decided to short it, is a GIANT story of injustice. Martin Luther King Day celebrated earlier this month is a celebration of a man who sought justice. What can I do that’s in-line with what God wants?

Inspired by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  by Marie Kondo (more on that in another post soon) within a month I had several bags of women’s clothes that needed a good home. Serendipitously, I found out that a co-worker of mine was doing some volunteer work for Freedom House, an organization in San Jose and San Francisco that provides a new life for survivors of human-trafficking. She let me know of their need for clothing and voila those bags had a home!

Through another book (whose title I have forgotten) I found out about International Justice Mission, an organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. They are “inspired by God’s call to love all people and to seek justice for the oppressed. We protect the poor from violence without regard to religion, race or any other factor, and we seek to partner with all people of goodwill.” So I donated.

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God’s dreams for my life are different from mine but they are such a rich addition. I am having fun and feeling fulfilled pursuing them.