Crater of Diamonds

Are you looking for a great place for an early spring vacation?
Do you know about the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park?
Are you an avid photographer and enjoy the great outdoors?

Spring is one of the most colorful times of year to get outside and take great photographs. On Saturday, April 25, digital photographers ages 13 & up are invited to attend this year’s Spring Photography in the Park, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Diamond Discovery Center classroom. Learn about camera settings, accessories, and composition techniques to help you take great photos of spring flowers and scenery. With nice weather you’ll go outside to practice taking spring photos around the park. Photographers may also choose their favorite photograph to show in a digital springtime photo gallery at the visitor center. Nice weather will provide an opportunity for participants to practice taking spring photos around the park

Space for the workshop is limited to 15 people, with a minimum of three required. To register or get more information, call Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113. Registrations are due by April 18.

Diamond finds for the week of March 22, 2015 (100 points = one carat):
March 22 – 44 pt. brown  …  March 24 – 16 pt. white  …
March 25 – 4 pt. white; 98 pt. yellow; 10 pt. white
March 26 – 4 pt. white
March 28 – 9 pt. white, 16 pt. white, 17 pt. white, 30 pt. white; 6 pt. white

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Etiquette today

Etiquette: conventional forms and usages: the rules of etiquette, decorum suggests dignity and a sense of what is becoming or appropriate for a person of good breeding: a fine sense of decorum. The rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave.

What does etiquette mean to us today? With all the social media, Facebook, blogs, texting, tweeting, etc., etc., are we concerned about conventional formalities? When you are invited to a party, a dinner, a wedding, a baby shower, do you know what is expected of you? Do you dress appropriately for the event? Do you dress appropriately for work (or school)? Do you believe there is an appropriate way to dress or should you just dress as the mood strikes you for any occasion? Are you comfortable with the way other people behave at parties, events, work? Do you ever feel “out off place” yourself? Are all the rules of behavior, “etiquette,” out of date? What do you think?

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Horoscopes … What do they mean to you?

Do you read your horoscope in the daily newspaper? When it has a good prediction, does that make you feel good? If it advises caution or tells you to be careful, does it worry you? Do you understand what is meant by the sun signs: Earth, Fire, Air, Water? Have you ever thought the horoscope has your personality right? What about friends or co-workers? Do you say things like, “Well, what do you expect…she’s a Taurus!” Do you consider if a new friend’s sign is compatible with yours? Do you read the horoscope for your husband’s sign and compare it with yours? Can the alignment of the planets when you were born really be important in your life and personality? What do you think?

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Social Media … What does it mean to you?

If you are a fairly young person, I assume you are comfortable with social media…Facebook, of course, twitter, texting, and all the others that I can’t even name. At age 77, I don’t even try or worry about “keeping up” with all the new ways to communicate.

I do have a cell phone … but never turn it on unless I need to make a call. I do not have a “smart phone”…whatever that means. I do email, and love email. It is so great to have the messages come in and just sit there until I’m ready to look at them.

But, I don’t worry about being behind the curve. I’ll learn what I need to learn. When I was young, just making a phone call was a scary event. Remember the “Party Lines”?  If you’re young, you may not even know what that means. Phone booths….are there any still out there?  Do you still have a “land line” or just a cell phone?

What do you like about the modern social media world? Where do you see it going? What improvements to you see coming? How old did you say you are?

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Read “Killing Jesus”

Want to read a real thriller? Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

When you were a kid, did you attend Sunday School and Summer Bible School? If you did, I’m sure you memorized bible verses, memorized the list of the books of the bible, read and re-read the story of Jesus. You probably heard and read those stories so many times they just became ordinary, routine, bland.

Well, not anymore. Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard have brought the stories back to life. With deep historical insights into the times we can have a new appreciation of what was really happening then: the political situations of Rome, the struggles of the ordinary people, the relationship between Rome and Israel, what it meant to defy authority. We see Herod taking the rumors of a new messiah, a new King, very seriously…so seriously he condemns to death all baby boys in the area.

Jesus has grown up in a strongly religious family and community, with regular pilgrimages to Jerusalem. At age 30 he is one of many being baptized by John the Baptist. He speaks to crowds. He gathers disciples. He declares himself, performs miracles, and predicts his own death.

Chapter after chapter, we have a countdown to how long Jesus has to live. He becomes more and more popular, preaching to huge crowds. His disciples expect a revolt against Rome with Jesus becoming a King, but this is not what happens.

No matter that we all know what happens…this book is a page turner. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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BPW/WA … What’s it all about?

Washington Business and Professional Women is a non-profit organization that specializes in promoting the education and well-being of women and families through professional growth, personal achievement, and political savvy.

 Unlike many organizations that center around a single type of career or immediate community, BPW/WA is diverse in its membership, offering outstanding speakers on a variety of topics.

BPW helps women achieve professional and personal goals through programs, workshops, networking, and friendship through monthly meetings and other sponsored activities. Each Washington BPW local organization creates its own unique agenda, but all have the same overall objectives.

BPW/WA is comprised of two separate branchesThe BPW Federation encompasses Local meetings, State events, leadership/training programs, networking, and a Political Action Committee (PAC).

Washington State BPW Foundation awards scholarships to women in need. Together, both branches of BPW/WA help women professionally, personally, and politically. 




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Amazon – Kindle – Print or E-Book

This Monday, April 28, I will be the speaker, at the Everett Business and Professional Women (BPW/WA) presenting my new book 19 Remarkable Northwest Women: What are they doing now!  Some of the women profiled in the book will be there. Also attending will be the BPW/WA State President, Vice President, Secretary, and several past presidents. The book profiles the lives and careers of 19 women who live and work here in the Northwest. The book is available from Amazon in print now and will be up on Kindle in just a day or two.

Click on the link.





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19 Remarkable Northwest Women

My new book is now available …19 Remarkable Northwest Women: What are they doing now!  Hope you read and enjoy it. Comments welcome. I have known some of them for years but some I just met last year. These women are living the lives they want…not just doing what others expect of them. Lisa Stone is a lawyer with Legal Voice in Seattle. Alma Alexander writes wonderful fantasy stories. Pam Beason is a Private Investigator, adventurer, and romance novelist. Checkthem out. They are truly remarkable. Terry Ray is a semi-retired accountant and State President of the Washington State Business and Professional Women (BPW/WA).   I will be speaking to the Everett BPW group Monday, April 28.

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19 Remarkable Northwest Women

19 Remarkable Northwest Women … now available on Amazon
or direct from the author…


Women, across the nation, are choosing the types of jobs and career paths that they want, regardless of past traditions or restrictions. Women are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. They are doctors, lawyers, judges, university professors, astronauts, scientists, writers, actors, movie directors and producers, professional athletes, accountants, coaches. They are entrepreneurs, creating and operating their own businesses. They are ambassadors, politicians, philanthropists.

What happens as women take on more and more career responsibilities outside the home?

Author Mireille Guiliano, in the introduction to her book, “Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire,” says “A sweeping ‘women’s issue’ is achieving a healthy balance of work life with ‘life’ life.” She asks, “What is the point of being a successful businesswoman if you are not happy?” She goes on to say “We don’t work in a vacuum. Our work is a part of the rest of our lives.”

Can a woman have it all? Can she achieve a work-life balance that actually works? The answer is a resounding, “Yes, she can.” But she can’t do it alone. She needs friends, supporters, networking groups, and family.  Here are just a few of the many remarkable Northwest Women: creative, educated, professionally successful, community minded, socially active, and enjoying life. These women have found their place and are passionate about what they are doing. Their advice to young women today is to follow your passion, take your careers seriously, carefully consider what it is you want to accomplish, never give up, and help each other along the way.


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New Book Coming Soon

Meet Wine Diva Deb, Captain Anne and all the
rest of these Remarkable Women.

Women today are leading remarkable lives,
working at remarkable careers,
and simply being remarkable women.
Stand by for my new book, coming out soon:
19 Remarkable Northwest Women:
What are they doing now!


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