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Biking Across Lake Champlain Vermont – Four Years in the Making

29 Jun

1 bike causeway 062715Biking Across Lake Champlain Vermont – Four Years in the Making

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The Colchester Causeway, which extends from the Burlington Bike Path, and crosses Lake Champlain Vermont.

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Biking Across Lake Champlain Vermont –

Four Years in the Making

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June 28, 2015

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The trail across the open water offers clear views

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First marker telling me I was really crossing the lake.

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Four Years? Really?

Well, sorta, mostly :-)

Back in 2011, Sheila and I moved to Vermont for a year and a half to spend some time with her family. I chronicled much of our anticipation and move in a series of posts.

Besides a few short trips to NYC, a weekend in Chicago, and some week-long vacations to Vermont to see my wife’s parents, I had several never-spent-much- time north of Dallas expectations.

I wanted to ride a sleigh pulled by horses in the snow. I wanted to see tons of fall foliage. I wanted to see unending snow on the ground. I wanted to breathe less than 75 dew point air. I wanted to be able to walk out into the sun again in summer (vs 105 in Texas). And I wanted to ride a bicycle across Lake Champlain on the bike path.

Most of those things I got to do, even if in a reduced way. Our winter in Vermont was its second warmest on record, and there wasn’t enough snow on the ground to do a sleigh ride. :-)

And I did get to see more fall foliage than my whole life previous combined.

I saw my first continuous snow fall since 1971 or ’73 in Houston.

Even posted a video of the Vermont snow fall.

And unexpectedly, attended and participated in the city’s largest art show, Art Hop.

But – no bicycle ride across the lake. Hurricane Irene followed us from Texas and blew out large chunks of the causeway. It wouldn’t get repaired til our return last year, and I wasn’t prepared or determined enough to make it happen that year. ( alternate url : http://glurl.co/huF )

This year, I did :-)

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Island Line Bike Ferry

Making it to the bike ferry, about 3 or 4/5 of the way across, was a major milestone :-)

Starting out from Leddy Park, vs near Battery Park last year, was a big help. As was a bicycle birthday gift from my son this past October. I was a bit more exercised and fit bike-wise. Sheila and I had even taken a near 9 mile senior group ride around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake on its famed Hike and Bike Trail.

And..I was very determined!

Suggestion: expand the map link above to Leddy Park. Battery Park is to the south, and the bike causeway is to the north.

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Loading Bicycles onto the Bike Ferry

Within minutes a large group seemed appear and we began loading our bikes for the short five-minute trip across the gap. There were folks from Canada, California, New York, and of course, counting me, Texas :-)

5 works the bike ferry each summer

Herded the bikes with ease.

This young man (vs me :-) ) is from California and says he’s worked the bike ferry for many years. The ease of which he handled us all convinced me. Plus he took a picture of me with my phone so I could prove I was there :-)

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Adan, happy to be on the bike ferry :-)

The ride from one side of the 200 foot gap in the bike causeway to the other is pleasant and scenic.

A nice view of the length of the ride over the water shows up as we pull away.

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View from the Bike Ferry

As we approached the dock on the north side of the trail, we saw several boats meander, or speed :-) , through the gap in the trail.

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Zipping the gap in a speed boat

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Once I was back on the trail, it was a relatively quick ride to island of South Hero.

I peddled back to the ferry, and was soon on the start of my way home.

The mileage sign was both comforting and challenging. :-)

9 road miles to points ahead

Mileage marker to locations south.

As the shore to Colchester and the mainland get closer, the vegetation increases, and more fishermen began to appear.

10 getting close back to land

By this time I was quickly rediscovering some yoga poses I could partially use to help me sit straighter and ease my back and hands and neck. :-)

My next post will go into a few of these with some links on more info.

Nearing Home

It was a beautiful day and a gorgeous ride across the water.

Peddling closer to our apartment on the Burlington Bike Path, I crossed the mouth of the Winooski River via the giant bike and pedestrian bridge.

The lone jogger ahead was the first of many more folk beginning to enjoy the day on the bike path. Soon after swarms of teens and younger would be jockeying for space to pass and rush by in giggles and shrieks of glee. Moms, dads, many pushing heavy carriages, would appear in clusters. Pets on long leashes would yank their owners arms trying to leap out and join the parade of people.

 

bike bridge over winooski river

But of course, by that time, reaching my turn-off street to go home, I was far more interested in the lunch Sheila said she almost had ready.

Seventeen and a half miles after I’d left the house three hours earlier, Sheila opened the door with a smile and I was back.

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Special Thanks –

to Local Motion.

Local Motion is self-described as, “Local Motion is a member-supported non-profit organization promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities.”

They provided the online information I needed to make this ride happen. And actually, the rebuilding of the causeway itself after Hurricane Irene. And the operating of the bike ferry itself.

namaste´- con dios – god be with you

Adan

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More Information & Links

Island Line Rail Trail

http://www.traillink.com/trail/island-line-rail-trail.aspx

Google Search : vermont island causeway damage

http://glurl.co/huR

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On the Island Line Trail (Burlington Bike Path Causeway) June 22, 2015, my first attempt – I got about 1/5 across, and hadn’t prepared to go to the island of South Hero, and so wasn’t prepared and (wisely) decided to head back and do a full effort again soon.

http://glurl.co/hr9

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Saturday Morning Yoga – FREE at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

8 Dec

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DaySaturday Morning Yoga –

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at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

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“Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)”

Grandma and Grandpa take their six grandchildren (ages 9-18) to yoga class, in Paris.

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Personal Review :

“I really enjoyed it, a really sweet story and I was there with the family the entire time, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.” – Emmanuelle Lambert, Yoga Instructor, Belgium, London, Paris.

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December 8, 2014

Category – Yoga, Fitness

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Variation on a Twist

Like Wednesday evening’s yoga class at the MACC, Saturday morning”s yoga class was well-rounded, well paced, and free.

Melissa Martinez, a different instructor from Wednesday night, also provided useful alignment and breathing cues.

The mix of vinyasa flow and yin like held poses were similar to the week’s earlier class, but more than varied enough for variety.

In addition, this particular class also had a majority of male class participants.

As with before, English was provided as needed, but some students expressed they were studying Spanish, and worked conscientiously to express themselves to the instructor in Spanish.

The MACC, in addition to providing viewing opportunities for art exhibits and Spanish language movies, gives the Austin community at large a chance for both improving one’s language skills, and one’s fitness.

That’s a nice combination.

MACC classes.

Who’s Welcome at MACC

Everyone! Of course :-)

Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

As most fitness classes I’ve attended here in Austin, the majority of attendees are in their 20s and 30s. Last night’s yoga class did have a few folk with a couple more years under their belt :-) and of course, me, at 64!

And, as with the Cantinflas Mexican movies my wife, Sheila, and I have attended at the MACC, folk of all cultures are welcome and present.

Contact information for class for adults and or youth is : (512) 974-3785 .

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What about Boot Camp?

For me, there’s not needing to choose between yoga and other forms of fitness classes, even those of the intensity of boot camps.

I enjoy and feel the value of every boot camp class I’ve done so far, like those through FnGo, and feel they balance what yoga offers.

I’ll have another post soon about my boot camp class experiences.

A sample post about them is :

The Writer’s Life – 101014 : My First Boot Camp Since 1974! (USAF)

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Book Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews so far for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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Teaching Seniors is Like Teaching the (almost) Whole Population

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Two Plus Weeks left in Kindle Unlimited – What to Do, What do Do…

6 Dec

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Two Plus Weeks left in Kindle Unlimited –

What to Do, What do Do…

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One Night in the Hill Country

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Three thoughtful 4 Star reviews:

“…especially liked that the children were integral to the plot and the action. They were smart, brave, and ready to help each other in a terrifying situation.”

Rhonda, Texas

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What to Do, What do Do…

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December 6, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Pros & Cons, So Far

Sales aren’t much better, neither are borrows. So I started looking into what it’d take to go wide again – whew!

Except for D2D’s apparent ease of platform, not sure I’d put everything back out everywhere.

And for my lower priced items, which is most of my titles, even Amazon’s current low pay-out per borrow for authors in KU, a dollar something, is 4x what I’d get having the same titles elsewhere. Including, ironically, on Amazon outside of Kindle Unlimited (KU).

the old american artist audiobookA few, a very few titles, never seem to sell on Amazon, but, like “The Old American Artist,” do, on Apple, sometimes Google. The audio version, pictured left, is of course a separate thing.

Plus, with image books, unless I want to shrink the image file sizes, which limits their clarity after a certain degree of enlargement, I’m also better off via Amazon’s larger file size limit. Only Apple competes on that level, and that would require direct uploading.

So…

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Best (Current) Bet

driving to boot camp night IMG_5116…with just over two weeks to go for the majority of my titles, I lean toward doing another 90 day lap.

Reminds me of some of my early morning fitness boot camp work outs – once the workout starts, gotta stick it out, even if I do have to pause now and then to catch my breath :-)

I’ll have a three month KU commitment-ending update in about two weeks.

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Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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My First Spanish Language Yoga Class – FREE at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

4 Dec

One Night in the Hill Country med v3My First Spanish Language Yoga Class –

FREE

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“One Night in the Hill Country”

Immigrant and native Texas children caught in the snare of a mis-guided young man willing to use them as lures to capture men who would abuse them.

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Three thoughtful 4 Star reviews. Sample :

“…especially liked that the children were integral to the plot and the action. They were smart, brave, and ready to help each other in a terrifying situation.”

Rhonda, Texas.

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December 4, 2014

Category – Yoga, Fitness

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Yoga Class in Spanish

Last night I had the distinct unexpected pleasure of attending a Spanish language yoga class at the MACC, Austin’s local Mexican-American cultural center.

I say unexpected because, though I anticipated a well taught refreshing yoga class, it was the instructor’s presentation that surprised me, taking me back to my earliest years.

Marcella Garza, fluent in both English and Spanish, first checked to see if we all would understand her adequately in Spanish. My youngest girl teased me after I got home, asking me if I had understood her :-) Actually, between my upper frequency hearing loss, and that I haven’t spoken day-to-day Spanish since when I started kindergarten, it was a good question.

But I did find, and I’m glad I did.

Yoga Class Today and Memories of My Past

Besides the usual sun salutations, twists, alignment and breathing cues, all expertly done, there was an aura from my past in Marcella’s intonations and cadences.

In Houston, when I was five and started public school, it was illegal to speak Spanish in public schools. And my parents wisely decided I need to immerse myself in English to be able to do well later on. They were both first generation born and raised Americans, and I was also born and raised in Texas. In the Valley, where Spanish was the first language of many native-born Mexican-American citizens.

So hearing Marcella intone right and left arm and leg movements, derecha y izquierda, and telling us to breathe in a steady patter of reminders between movement cues, became a chant of sorts. Rhythmic. Letting me find and drift into my own personal rhythms.

I look forward to the other free yoga class, this Saturday morning. Though with a different instructor, I have a feeling it’ll be just as nice!

Having been 200 hour certified myself in yoga, and certified nationally in group fitness by AFAA, I perceived the class I attended to be worthwhile on all fitness levels.

Who’s Welcome at MACC

Everyone! Of course :-)

Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

As most fitness classes I’ve attended here in Austin, the majority of attendees are in their 20s and 30s. Last night’s yoga class did have a few folk with a couple more years under their belt :-) and of course, me, at 64!

And, as with the Cantinflas Mexican movies my wife, Sheila, and I have attended at the MACC, folk of all cultures are welcome and present.

Contact information for class for adults and or youth is : (512) 974-3785 .

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Book Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews so far for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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Related Articles :

Story Sample plus Links : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day – Grandparents with Grandchildren, in Paris

Story Sample plus Links : Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +

Teaching Seniors is Like Teaching the (almost) Whole Population

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namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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Second Month in Kindle Unlimited – Erratic, But Better

24 Nov

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Second Month in Kindle Unlimited –

Erratic, But Better

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One Night in the Hill Country

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Four star review:

” In many cases, the author’s writing style in this book is succinct, flowing along more like free style verse than strict narrative. Both the flow and the choice of words carried this reader quickly along from beginning to end….”

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Second Month in Kindle Unlimited –

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November 24, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Risking Exclusivity for More Time for Health

Health Benefits So Far

The above header was the lead in for my first month’s review of being in Kindle Unlimited (KU), and it remains the best constant, despite improvement in sales and the beginning of borrows (or reads) within KU.

In my increased time from needing to do social media for a variety of outlets, I’ve been able to attend five early morning bootcamp classes, five alignment yoga classes, and just this past Saturday, my first kickboxing class.

I’ve also been able to resupply my poetry and image gifts on Amazon’s Marketplace, plus add two new images.

Sales

It’s been heartening to have a few sales begin to show up, despite a flattening on the numbers the last week of the second month period. I’d begun KU in late September, so I use that rolling thirty day period for my count.

Borrows in KU

And I’ve seen a nice beginning of borrows or reads in Amazon’s ebook subscription program, Kindle Unlimited.

Other Creative Work

I also continue to work on other creative work I enjoy, some shorts and some photo-memoirs.

Conclusion

Time is always what’s shortest on supply, and at my age, it seems even more so!

I don’t miss the extended delayed reporting on the distribution platform I was on before, and I remain hopeful.

Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

Thanks so much,

Adan

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Time to Review and Refocus : Health and Creativity

3 Nov

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Time to Review and Refocus : Health and Creativity

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My newest fiction work :

A novella, “One Night in the Hill Country”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

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Time to Review and Refocus : Health and Creativity

 

November 03, 2014

Category – Fitness – Creativity

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adan on bike 110214A Birthday Gift of Fitness

Review

New Fiction

It has been a whirlwind to the release of my newest fiction work, One Night in the Hill Country.

And I’ve many folk to thank for helping make that debut happen.

Fitness and Health

It’s also been a challenge and a joy to find my wife and I once again engaged in getting fitter.

Before daybreak boot camp, yoga, and a new birthday bicycle from my son.

Family

And it was a privilege to witness our youngest grandchild, twenty months, dress up and discover Halloween and trick-or-treating. :-)

A New Merging

All the above, in changing varying organic dosages, merge and blend and feed each other in my life. I am very fortunate. Listening to the above, I know I need to follow my heart, and give more time to those things of value in my life.

Not a change, but simply a refocus.

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Refocus

A refocus, for me at this time, means

More time doing fun exercise stuff (hikes, biking, fitness classes)

Making time to visit interesting health or fitness sites (like getting reacquainted with a vegan site I found some time back; and yes, I still like bar-b-q etc, I just am liking some pure veggie meals more and more) :-)

Working on creative projects that really appeal: creating intergenerational thriller stories that involve characters from all ages and family relationships; photo-memoirs of things and places Sheila and I go to; blog posts with nice content samples

And of course, just down time with family – eating, watching TV, yakking :-)

Maybe the great change in the weather here in Austin gave me the impetus for this review. Maybe it was hitting 64. Or a synergy of exercise and creative work. Or maybe, even something I’m not fully aware of yet.

It doesn’t matter.

Something’s working for the better.

And I may discover parts of why, as I blog and do new books. We’ll see (smiles).

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Photo-Memoir of Fun Senior Bike Ride on Austin’s Hike & Bike Trail

29 Oct

101 Sports Poems Vol 4 - Running Bicycling Sailing Swimming GymnastPhoto-Memoir of Fun Senior Bike Ride on Austin’s Hike & Bike Trail

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101 Sports Poems Vol 4 –

Running, Sailing, Gymnast, Bicycling, Swimming

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http://www.amazon.com/101-Sports-Poems-Vol-Bicycling-ebook/dp/B0069AVRIO

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Senior Bike Ride on Austin’s Hike & Bike Trail

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October 29, 2014

Categories : Bio-Updates – Seniors – Austin

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swanSwan by Lamar Street Bridge, South Side of Lady Bird Lake

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When my wife Sheila and I committed to participating in a local senior bicycle outing, we knew it would be challenging, despite some relatively light prep work.

And it was that, no doubt!

And I knew the much younger crew from both SASAC and Camacho senior centers, would be helpful, in some way or other.

But after seeing them care for spills, carry extra water for us, repair two flats on the path, and one broken chain – I gotta say they not only did a great job, they made it possible for a fist full and a half of us to make it the nearly nine mile round trip.

Though, to be fair to us seniors, in senior miles, I’m pretty sure that was a hundred ten miles or so….

At least :-)

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west from under mopacWest from the first image above, under the Mopac Bridge, looking west.

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Our trek curved around almost all the Hike & Bike Trail. Above, we’re on a pedestrian bicyclists’ bridge under the Loop 1 (Mopac) freeway on the western side of Austin.

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IMG_5235Boardwalk, extends Hike & Bike eastward in Austin

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Recently built, the boardwalk above finally extended the Hike & Bike east of Congress Ave to I-35. The pink spot in the far distance is Sheila and the senior biking group we were with. There’s a close-up of her (and me) below. :-)

The patterned concrete is very stable feeling, and not bumpy at all – very smooth, very peaceful over the water.

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IMG_5208So much fun, had to use two bikes!

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Ok, here’s me. We’re about to cross under Mopac (see second pic above).

I showed one of our ride guides the picture in preview mode on my phone and told him my caption idea and I think he might not’ve been sure if I was serious or not (smiles).

And finally, the scenic lady on our scenic ride – Sheila!

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IMG_5165No touch-up needed :-)

This is a beautiful park area, near where our outing started, in east Austin, at Festival Beach.

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That’s it, for now. I’ve more pictures, and with more time, I’ll probably do up one of my small photo-memoir books.

This was all possible via the good guides and folk at two Austin’s community centers.

Below is an excerpt about each, plus links.

Stay healthy and happy everyone!

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Special Thanks

Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Center

Historical Information

The Center is dedicated in honor of community matriarch Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho. Mrs. Camacho lived on Canterbury Street for more than 40 years, down the street from Metz Recreation Center. She was an advocate for children, first at Zavala Elementary and then at Metz Elementary. She volunteered for many years with the Reading Is Fundamental program. Over the years she was someone the neighborhood children could trust and know she would protect them as though she were their parent. She offered her house as one of the first McGruff House, a safe house for children. Mrs. Camacho spent endless hours working in her community and working to enhance the life of her community and the community’s children.

South Austin Senior Activity Center (SASAC)

Facility Overview

The 12,311-square-foot facility is nestled among numerous large oak and cedar trees on 4.61 acres of parkland. An attractive and colorful community flower garden, located just off the back porch, is a wonderful setting for conversations and outdoor games. Facilities include rooms for ceramics, billiards, exercise, meetings, arts and crafts, cooking and other multipurpose programs.

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Related Title – Walking to ACL in Our 60s

Click to Enlarge ImageA short photo-memoir book of mine, featuring much of the same area as above, especially around Zilker Park, is Walking to ACL in Our 60s.

Zilker Park is south and between the area under the Mopac Bridge and where the white swan picture was taken. The Hike & Bike borders the northern edge of the park.

Sheila and I had walked to Zilker to enjoy listening to the music from the first weekend’s Austin City Limits festival, but via walking around the festival grounds in the park and trails nearby.

More pictures of places along (Butler) Hike & Bike are included.

The book is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

http://www.amazon.com/Walking-ACL-Felipe-Adan-Lerma-ebook/dp/B00O8WAZHY/

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Road Trip with Grandbaby – Best Quote

26 Oct

lunch with grandma and grandpa medRoad Trip with Grandbaby –

Best Quote

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Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Available in KDP & Kindle Unlimited

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Short Fiction: Trying to go to lunch with six grandchildren, ages 9-18

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October 26, 2014

Categories : Grandparents – Grandchildren

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“I Couldn’t Do That Til I Was Five!”

Formerly youngest grandchild, speaking of the currently youngest grandchild’s ability to use her smart phone, tablet, and anything else with colorful moving digital parts :-)

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Hmmm, let’s see, his parents said they were in their thirties, and I was in my, uh, well (blush) 50s (smiles) –

Ahh, yes – the joy of growing up with a cutting edge technology, then seeing the next generation doing the same the with next wave!

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter – Family Short Story, Paris

Story Sample plus Links : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Family Short Story, Austin

Story Sample plus Links : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Light Crime Mystery, Austin

“Grandma” – Original Family Poetry

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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 1 – More Time, No Borrows, One Sale

23 Oct
Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lerma

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First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part One –

More Time, No Borrows, One Sale

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Four star review:

“Love’s Travels is one of the best books/poetry I’ve read recently. The rhythm of the words with the incredible photos creates a lovely picture of love shared. Mr. Lerma paints a beautiful story. I highly recommend this book. ”

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Original fiction, photo-memoirs, and poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Available via subscription, direct purchase, or library.

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October 23, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Advantage Amazon (via Goodreads) – Advertising Your Writing – 093014

Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited – It’s Personal – 092914

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Risking Exclusivity for More Time for Health

Recap

A month ago I decided, for both business and personal reasons, to move the majority of my titles to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Hugh Howey had laid out some compelling reasons in his post, Ruminations on Exclusivity.

One of which was the huge savings in time by having one outlet.

It made sense to me, and, because I was spending so much time trying to get readers to so many locations for so many titles, felt it was worth the chance.

Growing Voices Against Exclusivity

Hugh has recently posted another article, saying that maybe writers in the middle, might not benefit as much as those at the bottom (who need exposure and time) or those at the top, getting huge bonuses from Amazon for staying in the program. And that exclusivity, as I’ve posted many times, may not even be in Amazon’s best interests anymore.

Business Results

Unfortunately, as even my first month in KU shows, I’m very much at the bottom, maybe even scrunched down beneath the surface a bit (smiles).

And while my business end has been, if not a bust, a non-starter sputter :-) with less sales than previously, and not even one borrow yet, my personal end has had the intended benefit.

Personal Results

As I told Alison, my personal contact in customer support at Scribd when I left (miss that girl!), I really needed to both cut back the amount of time I was spending marketing, and devote more time to getting myself fit and healthy again. I wasn’t “sick.” But I had allowed myself to become un-toned and much too sluggish.

At my age, I turned 64 this past weekend – yay! – I need, not only to exercise regularly, but time to rest and recover.

I’d been relatively fit before, and I knew what it would take for me – dedicated time.

So in this past month, I’ve signed up for some evening alignment yoga classes, and – a (very) early morning boot camp (via Fusion Boot Camp)!

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Driving to Boot Camp!

I even wrote, “Maybe I’ll get a bicycle for Christmas.”

I was a little off there, my son gave me a great commuter bike for my birthday! :-)

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Bottomline(s)

  • One, it’s much too early to get “too” discouraged regarding the business benefit of Kindle Unlimited for me.
  • Two, if and when I returned titles to being non-exclusive, something would need to change regarding my time spent marketing to other outlets (I still have a handful of titles in Scribd, Apple, etc). My Authors Page and the right side of each page have links to my other outlet author pages.
  • Three, it may be time to try someone other than Smashwords for distribution to Scribd, Apple, and Barnes and Noble. Smashwords does distribute to libraries via OverDrive, but that’s been a protracted no-news no-updates disappointment since June.
  • For now, with two more months commitment in Kindle Unlimited, I remain hopeful, and intend to take advantage of the newly freed time to continue getting fit. Who knows, maybe even my writing, not just my body, will become “unsluggish.” :-)

Below is some info on my new thriller, my first actually. Some requests for reviews are processing, and hopefully readers will have more than mine and m wife’s and a few friends’ enthusiastic response to go by (smiles).

Thanks so much, best wishes!

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One Night in the Hill Country – a Suspense Thriller

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My first thriller – One Night in the Hill Country, is now available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.

A 3000 word sample (approx 10%) is available on my site.

My blurb reads :

In “One Night in the Hill Country,” a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon.

They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children.

Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.

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The Writer’s Life – 101414 : Sometimes, Doing a Little of Nothing, Gets a Lot Done (smiles)

16 Oct
Everyday Gratitude Vol 1

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The Writer’s Life –

101414 :

Sometimes, Doing a Little of Nothing, Gets a Lot Done (smiles)

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Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

Story Sample plus Links : Everyday Gratitude Vol 1 – Daily Meditations via Everyday Life

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October 14, 2014

In-Between, I Needed a Rest

Doing a Little of Something

Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

My first boot camp fitness class behind me (plus the little pieces of me that clinked off – smiles), and my next yoga alignment class still a few days ahead, I did my most continually favored DVD.

Or at least the ten minute portion that’s yoga. There’s upper and lower body intensity level segments also, and I like doing those periodically also. But the yoga portion is superb. Quite a few gentle poses. And I usually zip through the ten minutes and feel much much better.

Sometimes, I start and stop the tape (old folk term for a disc).

And let myself just relax into the pose.

Finding, by not doing anything but breathing and being quiet, what aches.

Then breathing deeply and visualizing that spot, letting the oxygen filling my lungs trigger a mentally directly stimulating of the area that doesn’t feel so good. The expansion and soft breath release of the muscle area hurting (more often just aching), is like magic.

When I felt rested, in the position, I restarted the disc, and repeated through each position.

Letting myself determine the pace and amount of time in each pose.

When it was over, I rested. In savasana.

Doing a Little of Nothing

Adan at Table with Light from Window

Last available table at Skinny Pancake, near the Waterfront, Burlington Vt.

The yogic pose savasana is also referred to as the corpse pose.

That doesn’t appeal to me.

And the word savasana has an easy audible connotation for me, sabana: bed sheet, or blanket. I heard it referred to basically any covering one might use in bed, though usually with the additional connotation (for me) of having some sense of weight to it.

And of course, for me, a savanna brings up images of sweeping vistas of tall grasses swaying in the wind.

Growing up in Houston and living along the Gulf Coast most of my life, that was a frequent view; especially when I was younger, and there was less development of the land.

Inspiration for resting comes much more pleasantly for me with these other connotations. :-)

I’d like to rename this pose. Maybe something like dream pose!

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Doing Nothing

Not doing anything, in the resting pose – I’ve currently come to realize – doesn’t mean having nothing happening in myself.

Oh, and notice I slyly said, “I’ve currently come to realize” – meaning what I think I “know” – changes.

But, getting back to my point (oh, and this is kinda what happens to me during meditation, and even savasana – a meandering of sorts) –

An Eye Like A Hawk

Resting, truly resting, is not blocking thoughts and feelings that appear to our mind and heart, but observing them, becoming aware of them, and, if we decide to, acting on them.

Letting the tediousness of most of our thoughts and feelings pass through, usually will allow them to dissipate. But not always. So this is also a way of finding out what things are most important to us.

Sure, it’s a lofty and desirable goal that we reach moments, even extended moments, where we slip into what either is our imagined source of being, is a true tapping into our origins, but working with what I get, and where I am, is part of the letting go and being able to rest.

Thoughts on Writing that Came to Me.

Wine Glass on Terrace

Wine Glass on Terrace at Sunset – Galveston Texas

So I rested, in non-corpse living-dreaming pose, for awhile. Ten, fifteen minutes. Which is but an instant, but seems like another forever in moments. :-)

Creative thoughts for my WIP (work-in-progress) managed to work their way to consciousness.

Bits of dialog. Plot line adjustment-enhancements.

Even a new better suited first chapter.

That last creative thought, I realized right away, was probably derived from the reading the first few chapters of Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays by Lucy V Hay.

I’d read much the same, in different words, in a few other books, but the way it works for me is, as I continue to do creative work, studying how creative pieces have been formed, informs me differently as I progress.

Much the way doing the same poses, over time, and for varying lengths of time, have also done.

Mind-Body – for me, it’s undeniable.

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