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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



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.



Ditching the New Year’s Resolutions

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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In the past few years I have grown weary of New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps that is because they so often focus on what I lack or what I am not.  No matter what I do or don’t do there will always be someone younger, richer and better looking. Dissatisfaction can make one unhappy, but, that said, I am also mindful of complacency. You know, Newtons’ Law about a body at rest…

So if no resolutions, then what?

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I prefer goals. But the goals I used to set tended to more like a ‘to do’ list to be checked off one by one. My list looked like this:

  1. Submit two historical proposals
  2. Write one blog post a week
  3. Speaking at the National conference
  4. Sign at Book Expo America
  5. Learn to use Instragram (still haven’t managed that one yet)More recently,

I have simplified my goals and in so doing opened up a world of possibilities. This broadening of goals allows a certain amount of room for the unexpected while still keeping me focused.

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Here’s my Goals from 2014:

  • Create
  • Connect
  • Explore

My writing fit well under Create but so did the jewelry I made in a beading class I took and the baby quilt. As for the unexpected, I could not have guessed that my Connect goal would lead from a cup of coffee with a colleague at a conference to organizing a three-day writers retreat. But it did. Explore could include my online course work, but also the unexpected opportunity to mine fossilized seashells.So this year I’m keeping it broad and open again.

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Here’s my 2015 Goals

  • Play
  • Simplify
  • Create

I’m thinking the play goal can include experimentation in my writing as well as exercise and travel. Simplify can mean anything from weeding out that upstairs closet to reducing my sugar intake to limiting my commitments. Create will include my writing, of course. But what else, I wonder? I keep these goals in a picture frame on my desk. I check often to see if I’m including them in my world. And I’m much happier since I broadened my goals.

So… Are you ready to ditch the resolutions?



Walking NYC’s Holiday Windows

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

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LITERATURE Window at Bergdorff Goodman

Each year I try to make it in to NYC to stroll past the holiday windows.  This year I’m super happy about the holidays as I have a Christmas release to help make the season even more jolly. WILD WEST CHRISTMAS is a beautiful Western anthology collection that I hope you’ll add to your wish list.

My usual route begins at the toy train sets in Grand Central at the MTA museum tucked behind the grand stairs on the west side of the station.  They include a tiny Santa hailing a cab and a stuffed King Kong on the Empire State Building. Then I visit Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue. Continuing north, I stop at the NY Public Library for their tree and free museum exhibits. Then it’s up to Rockefeller Center, Saks and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I always peek at the gems in Henry Winston’s windows and Tiffany’s is right across 5th Ave.

Near the park are my favorite holiday windows, Bergdoff Goodman. After that, I visit the Plaza Hotel (a wonderful place for high tea) and then head east to Barney’s of New York and finally, Bloomingdales.  Then it’s back to Grand Central for their holiday gift fair in Vanderbilt Hall.

If you’d like to see all the photos of my annual trip to see the holiday windows in New York City please visit my facebook page.  For this post I’m only showing my photos of one stop on my walk.

The windows at Bergdoff Goodman are always my favorites because of their visual interest and the complexity of theme. This year their theme was THE ARTS. This one is called Literature and it is packed with wonderful quotes and images of famous authors all in bright shades of pink. I was in heaven!

One of the embroidered pillows had a quote from French poet, Stephane Mallarme reading, “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”

 

Here’s ARCHITECTURE

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And THEATER

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And MUSIC

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And ART

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There is so much more on my facebook page.

 

Happy Holidays to you and yours!