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/


I support Brittany Maynard and Death with Dignity

Oct 28, 2014
I support Brittany Maynard and Death with Dignity

Photo by Ryan McGuire, used with permissionIt's not uncommon for Mr. T to look over and see tears running down my face when I'm watching TV or videos. Usually, I'm sniffling over silly fictional storylines, but last night I got close to a full on cry f...

Is tone deafness mind over matter? My Halloween costume is on the line.

Oct 27, 2014
Is tone deafness mind over matter? My Halloween costume is on the line.

Any ideas on how to make a giant slug costume?"I'm watching you WazOWski," I said while piling broccoli onto our plates."No! It's 'I'm watching you Wazowski," Mr. T said, cracking pepper over the greenery and dropping a note on the last syllable."WazOW...

iPhone 6 turns lapdog into ferocious beast

iPhone 6 turns lapdog into ferocious beast

Or something like that...Taking inspiration from Goliath, hope you take a big bite out of Monday.Or, take a nap. He's very good at naps.xoxo,shawnaOther posts you might like:A stinky start to 2010, aka Goliath's worst day everApparently I'm a bad dog m...

It’s FIXING the little things in life that matters

It’s FIXING the little things in life that matters

For weeks, I stared at the seed packets on my kitchen counter and thought: Yeah, I should plant those before any hope of a Fall garden is gone. But did I? No, not for awhile longer yet. The seeds languished on the counter, occasionally getting splatter...

Thursday 13: Confessions, volume VIII, the Fall edition

Sep 25, 2014
Thursday 13: Confessions, volume VIII, the Fall edition

For the first time in months and months, I woke up to the sound of rain in Sacramento. Aside from a smidge bit of drought relief, the rain put me into a Fall state of mind. So, for Thursday 13, a few Fall-themed confessions...1. I hate Fuji apples. The...

For the love of pumpkins

Sep 23, 2014
For the love of pumpkins

"I love you!" I shout to Mr. T, jumping into his lap and planting a noisy kiss (or seven)."Why?" he asks, barely containing the impulse to wipe his face."Because you tolerate pumpkins!""I hate pumpkins," he replies."No, you LOVE pumpkins," I count...

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...

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