Breathing Space – September 15/14

Take a deep breath and find a peaceful place. It’s just a day.

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Breathing Space – September 14/14 – North Bend Jazz Walk

Today’s Breathing Space is a montage of images and some tasty links to samples of the great music from the third annual North Bend Jazz Walk. We are fortunate to have Danny Kolke in our town who, along with his family and others have mentored and sponsored an amazing Jazz community here based at Boxley’s. The quality of the musicians at the 18 venues was astounding, and I only wish there was more than the 6 hours so I could have seen them all. My wanderings didn’t find a bad note, the businesses of North Bend made a varied and cool backdrop, and I savored the evening in the groove.

You can see/hear video of these musicians by clicking on their names (click HD to see clearly):  Jay Thomas and the CantaloupesJennifer Kienzle Duo, Endemic EnsembleRob Scheps & Steve Christofferson (Rob Scheps fun)Mordy Ferber with Kistler & GallioSpotlight on Mordy Ferber’s Guitar Groove.  You can see a list of musicians HERE. Just click on their names to learn more about each or scroll down to see bios of all.

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Breathing Space – September 13/14

I went to the river’s edge today. It was apropos that the golden leaves of fall were passing on the green clear waters of summer’s end, spinning on the surface until they were pulled beneath and traveled away down river. I went there to contemplate the passing of human life. Though his gravestone is elsewhere, I always see the riverside as the resting place of my father’s spirit since he died six years ago. That loss was near to me today as I went to the funeral for my friend’s mother who just left us after 97 wonderful years.  Seasons come and go; there is beauty in each as they pass. And so is the pattern of life.

 In memory of Lea Claudin Carr 1917-2014

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Breathing Space – September 12/14

Sparkling water and a vibrant glow… It’s always spectacular when the sky shines from the surface of a lake.

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Breathing Space – September 11/14

I love seeing the sunset over water, and so I’ll share with you also our second night’s sunset as viewed from the deck of the Lakeview Lodge in Harrison, ID.

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Breathing Space – September 10/14

There and back again…some shots along the road in eastern Washington and through the mountains coming home.

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Breathing Space – September 9/14

The drier climate east of the mountains is full of spikes and rough textures…

…so in contrast to the damp, lush, leafy, fluffy world I’m  used to in the valley I call home.

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Breathing Space – September 8/14

The vivid green of the algae beneath the water made the shadows and reflections vibrant with color.

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RoseHill Manor – Book Review

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If you are a Jane Austen fan, this one’s for you! Enjoy this review I wrote on FreeValley Publishing. This is my favorite book I’ve read in quite awhile…

Originally posted on FreeValley Publishing:

You may remember a delightful excerpt shared with FVP readers recently by author, Sharol Louise HERE.  I have since had the pleasure of meeting her and of reading this Historical Romance that is bursting with humor and fun. Here’s my review…

ROSEHILL MANOR   -reviewed by Sheri J. Kennedy aka Kennedy J Quinn

RoseHill Manor - front cover 1650 x 2550At long last I have found a new Jane Austen novel! While not literally written by that English master of ironic humor and social commentary, ROSEHILL MANOR’S witty dialogue, snappy strong women and diabolically clever predicaments bring the immense pleasure of Austen’s writing back to the page.

The charade orchestrated by the earl’s young sister is so absurd that one can only give it credibility due to author, Sharol Louise’s masterful persuasion of the depth ‘Miss Violet’s’ loyal devotion to her friend, and the fullness of the reality bestowed upon RoseHill, which gives room to belief the…

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Breathing Space – September 7/14

Looking out over the valley in Cataldo, Idaho

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Breathing Space – September 6/14

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A cool evening walk

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Breathing Space – September 5/14

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The grasses and other flora along the path by Harrison seem endless in variety of texture and color.

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Breathing Space – September 4/14

My favorite sunset pic…well, here’s a gallery. I can’t decide. The sunset went from glorious to moody to awe inspiring on our first night in Harrison. I felt so privileged to have a private deck lakeside to sit on and just soak it all in.

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Breathing Space – September 3/14

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(6 slides of the storm rolling in) When I arrived home I felt renewed awe for the beauty of the Valley and the gorgeous mists of Mt. Si. Throughout the day the mists increased and as the summer retreated and the first storm of autumn rolled in, I loved every dark, dramatic moment. The wind and lightning are exhilarating.

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