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.

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#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

#100HappyDays: Sweet peas

Sweet peas are as sweet as they look--super fragrant! (In fact, so fragrant that those of us with smell sensitivity keep them OUTSIDE.)One of today's happiest moments? Noticing sweet peas starting to bloom. I planted them in the Fall and during our Bac...

#100HappyDays: Transplants

#100HappyDays: Transplants

Clockwise from the top left: African Daisies in the big round pot, zucchini, jalapeno, mystery tomato, Japanese maple. Bottom row: A bunch of Golden Yellow and Beefsteak tomato seedlings. If I knew how to make heart emoticons right here, I would make a...

#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

#100HappyDays: A trip to the nursery

Today's happiness high point? A visit to the nursery for mosquito-repellent plants (citrus geranium and catmint) and compost, ahem. I spent an hour this afternoon making "diaper dirt" (more on that soon) and planting a few seedlings. Feels so good to b...

The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

The quest for ‘black gold’ ends in composting failure

Six months ago, I expected to write an exultant post about my cultivation of the gardener's best friend: black gold, aka compost, aka properly rotted organic material.I bought a cute little kitchen compost pail for daily collection of veggie scraps, an...

‘How to be a Woman’ an accessible and funny discussion of the other f-word: feminism

‘How to be a Woman’ an accessible and funny discussion of the other f-word: feminism

"You can tell whether some misogynistic societal pressure
is being exerted on women by calmly inquiring, 'And are
the men doing this, as well?' If they aren't, chances are
you're dealing with what we strident feminists refer to as
some total f*&^ing bullshit." --Caitlin Moran
She tossed the article down on my...

#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

We picked up this wheelbarrow at Costco for $20 less than the local home improvement stores. Woot.Sometimes, it's the little things in life. Sometimes it's big steel buckets. Today's happy, happy, joy, joy moment? The acquisition of a shiny new wheelba...

#100HappyDays and 24 Hours of Happy

#100HappyDays and 24 Hours of Happy

Image from 24 Hours of Happy.He snoozed his loud alarm twice. Then he flopped over on my stomach. Then he took a phone call. Then brushed his teeth over me. When he started playing something noisy on my phone, I was ready to fly out of bed in...

5 things I hated about the movie Gravity

5 things I hated about the movie Gravity

Accurate description of Gravity: A 90 minuteanxiety attack. Thank you "Funny or Die" for thesealternate title movie posters.I won the Oscar party pool by voting Gravity across the board (except Best Actress, there was no chance, Sandy). After actually ...

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: On drugs, emotions, and "corrupted learning"

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: On drugs, emotions, and "corrupted learning"

A couple months ago when Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, I cried a little. Just like I did when Heath Ledger died. And Michael Jackson. And I cringed when, predictably, people got high and mighty, and holier-than-thou about addiction,...

Soul restoration: A weekend at Dillon Beach

Mar 30, 2014
Soul restoration: A weekend at Dillon Beach

Rising tide at Dillon BeachSomething inside me shifted as we made the final turns through the emerald hills of Tomales. With a glimpse of the sea, I could feel the tension of the day, and the preceding weeks and months start to fade a little. It should...