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Take a Walk – Central Park Saturday

Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Author Jenna Kernan with statue of Hans Christian Anderson in NYC's Central Park

Author Jenna Kernan with statue of Hans Christian Anderson in NYC’s Central Park

How was your Saturday?  I enjoyed the sunshine and a lovely walk in  one of my favorite NYC spots, Central Park.  I walked from the Metropolitan Museum of Art all the way down to the Plaza at the Southeast entrance.

 

Walking a shady grove past artist and vendors in NYC's Central Park

Walking a shady grove past artist and vendors in NYC’s Central Park

There are so many statues, grottoes, lakes, ponds, rocks and buildings to explore.  There’s even a zoo, a castle and an outdoor theater.

Beautiful Iris bloom beside a pond in NYC's Central Park

Beautiful Iris bloom beside a pond in NYC’s Central Park

I love visiting familiar favorite spots and poking around to discover new sights.  If you haven’t been, you must go. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera.  You will not believe the size and all the wonderful places to visit without even leaving the park.

Turtles!  NYC's Central Park has plenty of wildlife.

Turtles! NYC’s Central Park has plenty of wildlife.

The Dairy is a great place for information and that perfect Central Park t-shirt.  Mine was so old, I had to replace it.

The Dairy is a great place for information and that perfect Central Park t-shirt. Mine was so old, I had to replace it.

Rent a boat or enjoy the fountain as you name all the movies that have been filmed on this spot.

Rent a boat or enjoy the fountain as you name all the movies that have been filmed on this spot.

On my way up to the Chess House where locals and out-of-towners settle for a game of chess or checkers.

On my way up to the Chess House where locals and out-of-towners settle for a game of chess or checkers.

 



Sedona Visit & Vortex

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
Shadow Wolf & Hunter Moon made the climb to Cathedral Rock with me.

Shadow Wolf & Hunter Moon made the climb to Cathedral Rock with me.

Sedona has been on my bucket list for some time.  It exceeded my expectations.  There are a few places I have visited that are truly breath-taking.  This is one.

Photos and descriptions of those red rocks at sunset just do not do justice to the majestic beauty of this place.

Twisted tree in Sedona, Arizona seen on Jenna Kernan's hike

Twisted tree in Sedona, Arizona seen on Jenna Kernan’s hike

The natural splendor of Sedona is reason enough for a visit, but in addition to the absolutely amazing rock formations, there are Vortexes.  I went there not really knowing what a vortex was, aside from the general understanding that it is a place where the earth’s energy is either magnified or released.  The website Wild Sedona says that a vortex is ” a place, usually on or near an interesting rock formation, where people have reported feeling inspired by a beneficial source of energy.”  As they suspected, I was skeptical but open to an experience.  I’m always up for a trip outdoors that involves hiking boots and vast quantities of drinking water.  The only thing I like better is one that also involves a rock hammer.

Author Jenna Kernan at the saddle of Cathedral Rock vortex

Author Jenna Kernan at the saddle of Cathedral Rock vortex

If you pay attention, you will notice that in certain places the trunks of the trees begin to twist.  Before visiting, I thought to my clever self that this must be due to wind.  I believed this because I have seen trees on the coast in the Northeast that are twisted and bent by the savage winds.  But these places are not subject to any particular winds that would not affect the trees growing in close proximity.  Yet they twist.

I visited three vortexes.  Two on purpose and one by accident upon arrival on our first hike.  The first was at Bell Rock.

Jenna Kernan at the Bell Rock Vortex

Jenna Kernan at the Bell Rock Vortex

I paused in the vortex without knowing it.  It was the only place we stopped on the hike.  Why there?  It was beautiful and it just felt right.  Only after sitting and having some water did I notice the twisting trees.  I could not leave without promising myself to return someday because I did not want to leave.  Promise made, we continued on.

The Cathedral Rock vortex left me energized

The Cathedral Rock vortex left me energized

The second vortex was reached after making a great climb up Cathedral Rock to the saddle.  You can reach the vortex from the parking lot and do not need to climb, but I the view is worth the effort.  This place was devoid of trees but was one of the most magnificent vistas I’ve ever seen.  I wanted to linger and did delay for as long as possible.  But the day was heating up and we still had to climb down.

Jenna Kernan at the Airport Vortex in Sedona, Arizona

Jenna Kernan at the Airport Vortex in Sedona, Arizona

The last vortex we visited was Airport Vortex.  This was very easy to reach and, for me, was the most peaceful.  Where Cathedral Rock was exhilarating (perhaps because I did not die on the ascent), Airport Vortex just made me want to linger.  Sitting on the trunk of a twisted tree, I felt a deep sense of calm and found myself smiling.  I’m not generally tranquil, but there I certainly was and felt completely at ease with my surroundings.

Sedona's red rocks at sunset

Sedona’s red rocks at sunset

My experience in Sedona has left me believing that there is power in those red rocks and the wide blue sky.  If you get a chance to go – grab it.  If you visit, don’t forget to pack water, hiking shoes and an open mind.

For more on Sedona: Visit Sedona website



Walking the Highline, NYC

Monday, May 16th, 2016
Jenna Kernan at the north entrance to the Highline on 34th St. West.

Jenna Kernan at the north entrance to the Highline on 34th St. West.

Death Avenue to Urban Sanctuary 

I have to hand it to NYC Friends of the Highline for seeing possibilities in the rusting elevated, abandoned train track that once ran on above Manhattan’s Lower West Side.

“I am grass.  Let me work.”  Carl Sandburg

I finally made it to the Highline.  This is a walk I have had on my list for years and apparently I am not alone because I was one of nearly six million visitors each year.  This elevated train track, abandoned in the eighties was slowly rusting away, but along the way grass grew up.  Seeds deposited by birds, traveling on the wind found precarious purchase on the abandoned stretch.  Trees began to grow above the street between the trestles’ and along the track.

Redbud blossoms on the L track over 10th Avenue

Redbud blossoms on the L track over 10th Avenue

WEST SIDE COWBOYS

Originally this track delivered food to the city replacing the 10 Avenue train the past the sailors boarding houses stretching along the river and through the meatpacking district of the Lower West Side.

At the entrance on 34th Street, I greeted by a black and white photo of what looked like a cowboy preceding a train.  Having done no research beyond how to reach the park, I did not know that these men were hired by the New York Central Railroad to precede the train waiving a bright red flag to help clear the tracks of crossing pedestrians with mixed results judging by the earned moniker Death Avenue for the number of collision between iron horse and human pedestrians.

Railroad ties make for modern seating on the Highline with Author Jenna Kernan

Railroad ties make for modern seating on the Highline with Author Jenna Kernan

MOLDERING METAL TO URBAN GREEN SPACE

Built in the 1930s and defunct by the 1960s, moldering through the 1980 and scheduled for demolition 2001 but repurposed beginning in 2004 until the lower section of the elevated park opened in 2009.

I first heard of this 1.45 mile walk from my editor.  She warned me to avoid weekends as they are super crowded.  But I went on the weekend and…it was super crowded.  But it was a special opening of the spring season and there was music and dancing and food all along the way.  Not the fastest walk and definitely not a power walker.  But that’s okay because there was so much to see and do.  We strolled this lovely promenade enjoying view of the city, the street and Hudson all along the way and pausing to appreciate the clever landscaping and flowering trees.

Open space for public performance.

Open space for public performance.

WALKING THE HIGHLINE

Being above street level gives an interesting perspective.  I really approve of the conscious plan to mimic the plants, grasses and trees that arrived unassisted to the abandoned stretch of track.

The architecture fits seamlessly into the walk and echoes the tracks.  There are plenty of pull outs and stopping places including some innovative seating.  I admired the seats that looked like stacked rail trestles.

We reached the end of the Highline all too soon but continued our adventure through Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District that is now a very hip neighborhood that buzzes with activity.

The south end of the park has several eateries, a store and live artist performers

The south end of the park has several eateries, a store and live artist performers

WHERE: The High Line is a public park build on elevated rail line from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

More Information:

Highline Website

Highline blog



Jenna’s July News

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Jenna with the Beefeaters at the Tower of London

Jenna with the Beefeaters at the Tower of London

This July my husband and I celebrated an important anniversary in style with a trip to Great Britain, much of the time in Liverpool and London. What marvelous cities. Liverpool is a wonderful port city and London perfectly mixes fascinating history with an ultra-modern urban center.

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It is true what Samuel Johnson said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

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In July, I also completed my next Western Historical and am happy to report that the finished manuscript is now with my editor. More details on that as they arrive.

This story is tentatively called Medicine Woman but I am only 50/50 on my titles so that may change. Here’s a tiny teaser:

MEDICINE WOMAN…Coming soon from Harlequin Historicals

When a Crow warrior develops a mysterious falling sickness he captures the woman he believes cursed him and discovers that she is not a witch but may be the only one who can help him.

Please check back for title changes, release dates, excerpts,and giveaways.



Unclutter Your Workspace 1-2-3

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Before, my desk is buried.

Before, my desk is buried.

After.  Look...a work space!

After. Look…a work space!

I love a clean welcoming workspace as much as the next gal. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m busy and so my desk is often a dumping ground for everything paper and a very odd assortment of miscellaneous stuff. I admit this never happens all at once but one random object at a time. This latest hoe-out included ear buds, a contract revision and some work related Christmas gifts.  Here is the thing, if my space is cluttered, I’m not happy because energy, creative or otherwise, is not flowing.

But I’ve got deadlines to meet, books to complete and words to write before I sleep. Still, I can’t stand it anymore. So here are three tips I use to unclutter and boost creative energy.

Get It Clean

  1. Set a Timer. This comes from my friend Liz Matis. Give yourself a time limit to motivate you to keep moving and prevent you from using the cleaning as an excuse to keep from writing. That way you won’t feel like you have a clean space but a zero word count.
  2. Begin with Trash. What can you throw out? If you don’t want or need it, get rid of it.
  3. Put it Away. Put it where it belongs or make a place for it.

Keep It Clean

  1. Handle Paper Only Once. Open the mail over the garbage. Chuck it if you can. File it if you can’t. Pay it if you must.
  2. Don’t Put That There. Clean spaces are so attractive and that is why they draw whatever crap you have in your hands. You must resist energy pull of a clean surface. That space is for working, not storage. So take the 30 extra seconds required to put it away where it belongs!
  3. Reset. Enjoy your workspace but remember that everything has a place. So put it there when you are done with it.

Good luck with your own desk decluttering. I hope the process proves rewarding and an energy booster to your creative endeavors.