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The Blue Muse
All the feels

All the feels

Anger. Irritation. Sadness. Engagement. Chagrin. Satisfaction. Pride. Possibility.As a researcher, I'm interested in how emotion influences communication. When I'm angry, how do I communicate differently than when I'm sad? Or happy? Or bored? Or smug? ...

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The Blue Muse
Helping things grow

Helping things grow

Sometimes, it's literal--cultivating veggies and flowers. Often, it's educational--helping students learn and expand their thinking. Frequently, it's personal--generating ideas and new skills. My passion, as it turns out, is helping things grow.New in ...

The Blue Muse
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...

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The Blue Muse
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...

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Brown Thumb Mama
Best Vegetables to Grow in a Drought

Best Vegetables to Grow in a Drought

You may have heard that here in California, we don’t have enough water to wet our whistle. There’s no snow, lakes are drying up, and severe water restrictions are in place. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to kiss your gardening dreams goodbye. Here are several tasty veggies that... 

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The Blue Muse
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...

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The Blue Muse
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...

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The Blue Muse
Thursday 13: Life lately

Thursday 13: Life lately

I almost bragged too soon.Getting the Christmas decorations put away the second week of January? Unheard of in this household. And the direct result of a bet. The terms: If I could get all the Christmas decor put away in one night, Mr. T promised not t...

The Blue Muse
Thursday 13: Life lately

Thursday 13: Life lately

I almost bragged too soon.Getting the Christmas decorations put away the second week of January? Unheard of in this household. And the direct result of a bet. The terms: If I could get all the Christmas decor put away in one night, Mr. T promised not t...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Happy Gardening New Year!

Happy Gardening New Year!

Good morning and welcome to 2015! Wait, the clock says 12:12 PM! Did I really sleep that long? I've got to stop watching those New Year's Eve broadcasts on Univision. That's right, I said Univision. Even though most of the programming flies right over ...

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