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You took the spot, now stay in it

Jul 30, 2015
You took the spot, now stay in it

In formation flying, there's an important skill called station keeping. This means staying in the correct position relative to other planes in the group. It's critical for safety as well as the symmetry of the formation.Ladies of today's Turbo Kick cla...

Anniversary the fifth

Jul 26, 2015
Anniversary the fifth

We'd just parked by the fuel pumps after an hour of Bonanza flight training. We'd gone out to get me comfortable in the high performance, complex airplane before our long trek to Oshkosh in it the next day. Sacramento's 100+ temperatures and mid-air bu...

On birthdays and brain mortgages

Jul 10, 2015
On birthdays and brain mortgages

"How old are you going to be this year?""34?""34? Are you sure? How old am I again?""What year is it?"Yeah, those are snippets of actual conversations from around the Redden abode as my June birthday approached. Apparently we've lost all track of our m...

Happy Fourth of July!

Jul 4, 2015
Happy Fourth of July!

From OSH 2013. T-12 days until we're on the way to Oshkosh!"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." --Albert Camus.Here's hoping for the best year yet!xoxo,shawna

The mailbox clam shell mystery

Jul 1, 2015
The mailbox clam shell mystery

When I found the first clam shell in the mail box, I chalked it up to a fluke passerby. It was small with dirt crusted on one side, not very pretty.A few days passed. Between birthday celebrations and work, I forgot about the mollusk remains. That is, ...

The definition of magenta

May 30, 2015
The definition of magenta

Happy Saturday, all!"Where flowers bloom, so does hope" --Lady Bird Johnson xoxo,shawnaNaBloPoMo May 2015May 1- To selfie or not to selfieMay 2- Helping things growMay 3- All the feelsMay 4- When your imagination wears you outM...

Sun lovers

May 28, 2015
Sun lovers

It felt like a near-death experience. Me. Turbo kickboxing after eight months away. Burning chest, raspy breathing, nausea. And my chipper instructor was happily babbling about the weather. While I glared, I somehow absorbed her information: Low 90s th...

Saying goodbye to Sac State

May 27, 2015
Saying goodbye to Sac State

I found a parking spot without circling. The elevator was waiting on the first floor. My flip flops echoed in the deserted hallway. A few days after graduation and I found Sac State in full mellow summer mode this afternoon.With mixed feelings, I stopp...

What I wish someone had told me at graduation

May 26, 2015
What I wish someone had told me at graduation

Over the weekend, I attended Sacramento State's Arts and Letters graduation ceremony. It was my first time on the faculty side and it surprised me how much fun I had watching so many of my students walk across the stage.I loved that the Communication S...

A grateful heart: Remembering their sacrifice

May 25, 2015
A grateful heart: Remembering their sacrifice

On this Memorial Day, I am feeling intense gratitude for the men and women who have laid down their lives in the service of others. I've been scrolling through posts about parades, memorials, and images of the devastation of war (see here for a very po...

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