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Pacific Northwest Tribal Canoe Journey

Last Sunday afternoon I was gazing out at the Strait of Juan de Fuca and was excited to see the canoes of numerous tribes making their way to Port Angeles harbor at Hollywood Beach.  I could hear faint singing as they were pulling their canoes along the calm waters.  You couldn't have wished for a better day to be on the sometimes treacherous waters of the Salish Sea.

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Gardens by the Sea at My Studio Window

Above is the view from my studio window.  I'm one very fortunate woman.  Inspiration abounds, but there's always something that catches my eye and sets me off daydreaming.  On a windy day like today I watch the waves go by tipped by white caps.

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Red, White and Blue

Almost my whole life when I thought of the Fourth of July images of huge displays of fireworks in glorious colors accompanied by very loud booms came to mind.  If I thought more carefully I'd think of our country's fight for independence, which was sort of like growing up and wanting freedom from our parents wasn't it?  When we got past the you can't be the boss of me stage we became friends again.  With two wars taking our young people in the name of freedom I can't help but make the connection of our intense desire as a

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What is the Largest Living Structure on Earth?

Do you know?  I couldn't recall, but do remember now hearing this before. It's not the Giant Sequoias, which are the largest trees on earth in terms of volume at greater than 42,500 cubic feet!  It's not the Blue Whale that can weigh as much as 180 metric tons and is the largest animal to ever have lived on Earth.  The clue is in the word structure. 

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The Superhuman Strength of Women

Celebrating Womanhood is pretty much what we in the UWIB (Unique Women in Business) do every day, but that's our blog carnival topic this month, too!

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We All Grew Up with Public Libraries

My earliest memories of going to the library were with my Mom.  She loved to read and my brothers and I did as well.  We'd go every other week to this beautiful library in the "city" with a large atrium and floors of books going in circles all the way up to a glass dome.  No one needed to tell us to hush, just the dramatic architecture and wood bookcases with brass railings gave you a feeling of awe.  Then and now I love the smell of a library.I'd get as many Nancy Drew mysteries as they'd let me check out and even then a few d

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Spring arrives on the Olympic Peninsula like Molasses

If your pantry is cold, molasses comes out like a thick tar blob.  If you warm up molasses it comes out faster and smoother.  That's how I see Spring in our neck of

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Gift Worthy Green Packaging

As the host of EtsyBloggers' blog carnival this time I knew I wanted to celebrate St. Patrick's Day as well as spring off the Green by hearing what others are doing in our community to bring more Green in to their lives.

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So many Cool Blogs, so little Time!

Hours have flown by this week as I've perused all the blogs from around the world that are participating in One World One Heart 2011.  I've found several I want to follow and at times my mouth has dropped at the talent out there.  After the event is over on February 17th I'm going to share links from the ones I was most enamored with.

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