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/


Thursday 13: On my mind

Sep 18, 2014
Thursday 13: On my mind

Played grease monkey with my father-in-law last month as he taught mehow to conduct the annual inspection of the Cessna 182. Surprisingly fun!With summer wrapping up in just a day or two, I've been taking stock, a brain inventory if you will. Aside fro...

My favorite weekend of the year: The Reno Air Races

Sep 18, 2014
My favorite weekend of the year: The Reno Air Races

Grumman F7F-Tigercat "La Patrona" formerly known as "El Hefe" and ALWAYS "Big Boss Man" to me.It's the rumble of history overhead. The thrill of neck-and-neck competition. The smell of avgas and desert. As I penned in my Ode to the Reno Air Races ...

I didn’t care about Trayvon until Ferguson: Why we need more empathy in America.

Aug 18, 2014
I didn’t care about Trayvon until Ferguson: Why we need more empathy in America.

We need more empathy in America, which is the ability to "walk a mile in another's person's shoes." "But he was aggressive with police!""But he was involved in a robbery!""But he was 6'4 and threatening!"But he was unarmed.Unarmed.Unarmed and shot...

Blog birthday (be)musings

Blog birthday (be)musings

"Childhood" by Michiev. Used with permission."Be brave. Ask your questions. Speak your truth."I heard those words from BlogHer CEO and co-founder Lisa Stone during the first few minutes of my first official BlogHer14 conference week before last. Throug...

Three things on my mind as a BlogHer ’14 newbie

Jul 23, 2014
Three things on my mind as a BlogHer ’14 newbie

Who's going to BlogHer '14? This gal! Here's myin-the-garden #selfiebration submission.Kerry Washington sealed the deal. A chance to see Olivia Pope(!)* in person? Without having to travel too far? And I'd get to hang out with a bunch of cool...

Preparing for solo cross country flying

Jul 22, 2014
Preparing for solo cross country flying

Beautiful farmland between Sacramento Executive Airport and Yolo County Airport."So when are you going on your cross country?" my instructor Stan asked after he deemed me competent to handle cross-wind landings. Again and again, he asked. "You're ready...

It’s no hot dog anniversary but four years is still fun

Jul 17, 2014
It’s no hot dog anniversary but four years is still fun

Yes, I really fell down on my wedding day. No, this photo wasn't staged.If you follow the traditional wedding anniversary calendar, year the fourth is either flowers and fresh fruit (traditional) or appliances (modern). While I love me a good blender, ...

#100HappyDays: The $10,000 tomato

#100HappyDays: The $10,000 tomato

18 ounces of tomato goodness, July 5, 2014."Honeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy, LOOK!" I exclaim, holding up a tomato the size of my head. (Well, almost.)Foisting the red orb at Mr. T, I continue to shout, "18 ounces!" which is a personal record.Weighing the fruit in...

#100HappyDays: A lazy Fourth of July

#100HappyDays: A lazy Fourth of July

The best place to spend a 100-degree Fourth of JulyAmid the canon balls, Olympic-level dives and doggy paddles (literally, on that last one, my parents have labs), my Fourth of July featured some base treachery. I'm talking pushing-people-into-the-pool...

#100HappyDays: July Christmas craving

#100HappyDays: July Christmas craving

One whiff of cinnamon pine cones and I am ready for Christmas! July 3, 2014When Mr. T said "You should save the trunk for storing something special," I think he missed the daggers in my glance.My Christmas decorations ARE special, dammit.He went on to ...

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