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/


A post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s jaunt to New York

Jan 21, 2015
A post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s jaunt to New York

We enjoyed a beautiful but frigid visit to New York City, post-Christmas and pre-New Year's.Since most of our family lives in Northern California, we don't usually travel for the holidays. Just a few miles here and there. So planning for a post-Christm...

A grateful heart: Donating granulocytes, gaining compassion

Jan 16, 2015
A grateful heart: Donating granulocytes, gaining compassion

A few hours hooked up to an old-school leukapheresis machine. So weird to see blood going in one arm and out the other and through the machine. Note to yourselves, platelet donors: Although more intense due to the dual-armed nature, the physical side effects were MUCH...

Here’s to actually achieving goals in 2015

Jan 12, 2015
Here’s to actually achieving goals in 2015

On New Year's day, I read a short article about how of the people who make resolutions in January, more than half will have given up on their goals by June. More than half! How encouraging, right?Of course, I can totally relate because of the 81 to-dos...

Cranberry Kick report: Day 1 of detox drinks with my Juice Plus ladies

Cranberry Kick report: Day 1 of detox drinks with my Juice Plus ladies

Cranberry Kick challenge for January: A detox drinkof cranberry, lemon, apple cider vinegar and waterbefore each meal for 10 days, along with healthy eating.When your best friend is in the wellness business, you get dragged into a lot of things. Like b...

Nothing says Happy New Year like a flight in the Cessna 190

Nothing says Happy New Year like a flight in the Cessna 190

41 degrees on New Year's morning, preflighting the Cessna 190. Starting 2015 out right!No lies, I was in bed and asleep by 9:45 last night. Some New Year's eve, huh?Now before you go thinking I've turned in my Young Person's Card, do know that we spent...

Uppity green bean casserole

Nov 27, 2014
Uppity green bean casserole

Last year's casserole, bottom left.Sauteed thinly sliced mushrooms bathed in a creamy, garlicky bechamel. Fresh crunchy green beans, blanched. Crispy sliced onions. All baked to perfection.Only not really. My attempt at gourmet green bean casserole (fo...

It’s complicated: Why I prefer to forget thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2014
It’s complicated: Why I prefer to forget thanksgiving

Image from Gratisography. Used with permission.
Am I really being screamed at, literally screamed at, in front of the entire family?
This thought ran through my head as my then-fiance (now husband) and I grabbed the folding chairs we had just brought in and hurried through my father’s...

I’m tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

Nov 25, 2014
I’m tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

Photo used with permission from SplitShire."It means they're treating us like we're terrorists."One of my students said this yesterday when I asked our class to consider the rhetorical implications of comparing pictures of militarization (armored tanks...

A few things I learned about Chicago

Nov 24, 2014
A few things I learned about Chicago

Downtown ChicagoAlthough my most recent trip to Chicago for the National Communication Association's 100th anniversary convention did not warrant much touristyness, I learned a number of things by hanging out with some new locals.1. It's dense city liv...

Why I’m afraid of Ebola

Nov 21, 2014
Why I’m afraid of Ebola

Photo by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography. Used with permission.
On an airplane, I’m thatperson. The one who immediately upon boarding pulls out a Wet Wipe (or two) and disinfects all the hard surfaces I might touch during the flight. Seatbelt buckle. Arm rests. Tray table. Tray table...

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