7 Tips for Making Time to Write — A Writer’s Path


by Kelsie Engen Is there not enough time in the day to write? Or do you simply not know how to make the time? It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to discuss our writing insecurities again. And what’s worse, this Wednesday is already a week into the month! (How does time go by […]

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Staying hydrated with the MSR Trailshot Microfilter & Katadyn BeFree water filtration system (GIVEAWAY!) — Run Oregon

Sometimes we just want to run. We don’t want to have to worry about packing all of our running stuff up and make sure we have enough pockets or vests for fuel. Obviously it’s a good idea to do so, but sometimes simpler is just better – let’s hit the trails and get “lost” for a […]

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Happy Autumn!

first-day-of-fall-2016As I look out at the first day of Autumn and enjoy the changing colors in the cool air I realized that I forgot my blog!  Oops!

It rained today for the first day of fall and it really marked the fact I had not wrote anything I planned to this summer. I  really meant to actually write blog posts over the summer, you know, while I had the extra time because I only had work and school was out but clearly I did not do this. 😕

No sense in looking back and feeling regret for something that I didn’t do, it is completely pointless. Instead, I will endeavor to get a new post out as often as I feel that I can, no guilt, no promises,no pressure. I want to enjoy this blog, and I want others to enjoy it. In order to do that I should probably use it!

I really enjoyed my summer here in the Rogue Valley and planned on writing up my little adventures for others to explore, well,  it occurred to me that I can still do that and it will give you something to plan for your next year’s adventures.


I love fall. I can’t wait for warm bowls of borscht and other healthy soups. Mmm.  I have always loved this season, it’s so golden and cozy. It reminds of my favorite time of each day, dusk.

There is something soothing about the close of a day. I don’t know what it is exactly about dusk,  but it’s special and comes with this feeling of nostalgia. Like when you were a kid and you knew you only had a few minutes left to play before heading inside for the day and had to make it count. When you were a teen and it was hanging out and driving around with friends free and alive with the whole night ahead of you. As a young adult when work was over and you could change gears and relax or hang out with your friends and family and even now when you can go home and unwind and have some relaxing “you time” or cook dinner with the family and share the day. I just love dusk, it is like the signal another day has passed, you have accomplished things and who knows what will happen tomorrow! A time to reflect with a heart of gratitude of what has passed and what is yet to come.

Fall is equally magical to me, the golden warm colors, spicy warm smells, crisp cool air, family time, warm cozy homes and the holidays. It is a time of harvest and family. A time to hold what you have dear and celebrate with your loved ones what you have accomplished and will accomplish. A time to share special moments and memories and even give them gifts from the heart. Oh and of course Halloween, a time to act like a kid again, who doesn’t love a little dress up and fun?

I hope you enjoy this first week of Autumn as you head back to school or into another holiday season!

I am headed out to hike the gorgeous Rogue river Inn Agness, Oregon with my eldest son this weekend to celebrate fall!

Garrett, Rand, Galt And The Fun Of Writing

A nice thought or two on a few things here that some may enjoy. 🙂

Joel D. Hirst's Blog

I often wonder what happened to America’s battle of ideas. I lift my gaze wistfully from the gutter – where the current debate takes place, nonsensical 140-character arrows hurled back and forth over a pile of garbage – to contemplate dejectedly the past when the titans of American thought sat astride our purple mountains, rallying a nation to the orbit of their conviction and the consequence of their immense talent. A colossal contest it was, the minds of noble men wrestling with each other over the soul of the greatest nation on earth. They built agendas, waged campaigns and organized coalitions – the clamoring of the populace serving to enhance the volume of the debate, lending it energy and purpose if not substance; for that they already had.

They were not afraid of their talent, those confident men of old. Industrialists, journalists and elected leaders who were also novelists, poets…

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On the Beauty of Hands — The View from Here

As a musician I have always been highly attuned to hands. They are miraculous to me in their ability to convey both technical and musical prowess on an instrument, to create, to soothe, to work, to care for, and to love…So many facets. I am especially drawn to the hands of very old people, as […]

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Race Preview: 2016 Run for your Life 5k (St. Paul) — Run Oregon

The 2016 Fight For Your Life 5k is back once again at French Prairie Gardens s in St. Paul at 10:30am on Sunday, September 25th. The race honors Emily Pohlschneider-Edwards through the Em’s Fight Foundation. Emily is the daughter of the owners of French Prairie Gardens who battled and ultimately lost a brave fight with a rare form of […]

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A step towards winter: morning at Moraine Lake — Christopher Martin Photography

I spent the morning at Moraine Lake today. A cold front swept in last night and when I caught my first glimpse of the valley when I drove up, the snow line was visible amid the layers of forest, rock and cloud. At the lake, daybreak started cold with a steady drizzle of rain. […]

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It Is All Now Part of America — Joel D. Hirst’s Blog

There are places which are old – infused with history and time and tradition until they stand alone, boldly buttressing the story of mankind. Those of us who have lived in the East, who like to talk about Mount Vernon, Monticello and Jamestown forget that these are not the first tales told in our Americas. […]

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Leaving My Heart in Havana — Discover


“It’s been a long time since I’ve been completely enraptured by a city but Havana has all the elements that make it happen — history, art, architecture, beauty, kind people, heart, heat, spirit and music . . . so much music.” Kelly at Compass & Camera takes us on a tour of Havana, Cuba.

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