Tuesday
Jul172012

The Wonder of Dunnellon

North Central Florida offers many treats for the photographer, but none more beautiful than the Rainbow River.

Sunday
Mar182012

Blue Cove - Dunnellon - Another Florida Paradise

 

Almost four years after our move from SW Florida to North Central Florida, I still delight in the beauty of the area in which we settled.  Blue Cove in Dunnellon continues to offer incredible surprises from the many  migratory birds who travel through this area, to the lovely Rainbow River that flows nearby.

Wednesday
Nov022011

After Cancer: Photography, Writing, and Golf (mostly photography)

It seems as if the dreaded "C" continued to plague our family.  My husband, the latest to be stricken, was diagnosed in April 2014 with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  I lost him in November 2016.   Every day I count my blessings that we moved to North Central Florida where he was in the hands of the incredible medical staff at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.  

Radiation for me ended in August 2010 so I just completed the last year.*  Hard to believe it has been so long since I spent every morning all summer long under the radiation machine.  Life is good and being a survivor is happiness beyond description. Frequent exams will help keep me cancer free and I will remain alert to any indication that the dreaded "C" has returned.

I am so blessed to four wonderful children, four amazing grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren and friends who are always there for me if I need them.    I'm constantly reminded of how much I have to be thankful for. Life is much too short to obsess over things that are not life threatening or things that can't be changed.

A bout with cancer  (or in my case, two bouts) and my husband's bout with cancer, has an amazing ability to help put things in proper perspective. There are enough life threatening issues to deal with as it is.

To all, have a wonderful happy holiday season in 2017, and a healthy and happy 2018, and,  don't forget to take care of yourselves. 

*The medical community is now considering a ten year post breast cancer regimen for the type of cancer I had.  For me, a pill a day for five years was no big deal -- especially if it kept me cancer free.  

 

Thursday
Oct292009

The Kroopenpopper Series Continues with Another Adventure

 

People often ask about what makes a really fun children's book.  I think that a few magical elements such as fantasy and fright, combined with a plot line that is easy to understand, will entertain children of all ages.  Throw in a little educational material -- such as facts about the Everglades -- and that's a real plus.

Kroopenpopper-An Everglades Adventure has been well received in Florida and elsewhere.  Many thanks to the many grandparents, parents, and children who have enjoyed this new series and who anxiously await the release of the next adventure.   After three printings, we have decided not to reprint.  So I will keep the remaining copies on my bookshelf for our growing family of children.

Kroopenpopper - An Adventure Starring Squeasel the Weasel, Tiny Jim, and Queen Davinia

It looks like the Kroopenpoppers have decided to stay in the Everglades a little longer, just in time to meet Tiny Jim, and to have an unexpected adventure with a nasty weasel named Squeasel, and Davinia, Queen of all Fairies in the land of Narruc on the planet Reyas.