The Blue Muse

The Blue Muse Exemplified in the phrase "deep thoughts, but mostly other things," The Blue Muse is a general-interest blog focused on telling stories about travel, general aviation (non-commercial), cooking, teaching/post-graduate education, photography, communication and everything in between. Most posts feature interesting, humor-infused "slice of life" tales from a personal viewpoint.

Web Site: http://thebluestmuse.blogspot.com/


Don’t borrow trouble

Don’t borrow trouble

I don't remember too many Bible verses from my church school days (horrible, because those days really numbered in years). But one that has always stuck with me is Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itse...

Childhood dreams

Childhood dreams

We made them crowd into the shed, sweltering in the Sacramento summer. It was our "classroom." And by golly, we had signed binder paper permission slips from their parents which meant that even if we had to chase them, our siblings would comply. For aw...

It’s not Easter without lamb cake

It’s not Easter without lamb cake

"Old fashioned lamb cake... Just like you remember."Old fashioned lamb cake, definitely the funniest dessert I've ever seen. It reminded me of the armadillo groom's cake from the movie Steel Magnolias.It wasn't the description that sold my sister Emily...

Fly Girl in Training: Finding my feet in the Decathlon

Fly Girl in Training: Finding my feet in the Decathlon

We were at 3,000 feet practicing steep turns, stalls, and slow flight, me knocking six months of rust off when I remarked about my lazy feet: "I need to get back in a taildragger soon!" The comment referred to my insufficient use of rudder in the Cessn...

The color and texture of spring

The color and texture of spring

Although I'm feeling trepidation at another painful drought year, I'm relishing the color and texture of early spring in Sacramento.xoxo,shawnaGardening things:Aerobic gardening dos and don'tsOn being nosy, I mean neighborlyNo tomato left behindIf pray...

80s Easter awesomeness

80s Easter awesomeness

It used to be frilly lace, hats, and gloves, combing the church lawn for chocolate eggs in pastel foil, baskets bursting with plastic neon grass.

This year, Easter will be burgers and burnt hot dogs (just the way I like them), with the next generation hunting for treats, trying to keep the pug brigade away...

The April Fool’s joke that won’t quit

The April Fool’s joke that won’t quit

Fun fact: I haven't worn this shirt again.I keep thinking it will go away long enough that I can forget what it was like to plummet out of the sky. But no. Despite four years passing since the roof of Southwest Flight 812 opened up at 36,000 feet, I ca...

Coming to terms with my seasonal selves

Mar 29, 2015
Coming to terms with my seasonal selves

Showed up at the airport for the first time since the beginning of the year, and understandably received exclamations of "Where have you been?!" "Haven't seen you in awhile!" "You been busy?" from friends at our first potluck of the season.One of my fa...

Finding flow in collaboration

Mar 28, 2015
Finding flow in collaboration

We started after breakfast, me unpacking colored paper, a pad of poster-sized pages, and a collection of happy office supplies (highlighters, markers, gel pens, post-its, tabbies, and eraser tape, for those who like that sort of thing, like me).

On sheets of pink, green, purple and blue, I scribbled out our rough plot lines and...

Becoming a crazy bird lady

Mar 27, 2015
Becoming a crazy bird lady

The sun is shining on a chilly spring day. A breeze cuts through tall grasses as 15-year-old me tromps through the wetlands on a school field trip. I am utterly miserable. We're searching for birds--the kind our sophomore biology teacher is requiring u...

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