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Scenic lunch spot on the way to Mission Peak. June 2017
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There must be fifty ways to meet your lover.

Hike a new trail, Dale
Climb a new hill, Bill
I’m full of joy, Roy
Come trekin’ with me.

I’m lookin’ for smiles, Miles
Intellectually smart, Art
Love a man with wit, Mitt
Come set yourself free.

If you are a Trump supporter, hit the back button NOW.

I find the wonder and joy in life. The infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand, the joy of tasting a juicy, ripe peach. Intense, playful, passionate and determined, I have fun every day.

I love hiking to alpine lakes surrounded by white glaciers and jagged mountain peaks. After dark, I look up and feel awed by the glowing Milky Way and billions of sparkling stars. We all need more low-level ecstasy in our lives.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks: ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts And Prayers?’ | Michael Stone
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is right.
49 ways to stay out of my ER
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Excellent. 50. Use common sense.
Purple t-shirt pic
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Welcome to the Great 8 Club!
? ?? What have you done lately to show your significant other that you love them? I'm not talking ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Yesterday I left a message, singing "Happy Birthday" to my daughter with a vibrato and schmaltzy finish. Claire called me back. Gave Claire a birthday card and colorful wrapped gifts. And sent a funny e-card. She loved it. Her Dad gave her $50. Everybody loves opening wrapped gifts.
One summer when I was a youngster, my grandfather took me to a lake to teach me some fishing skills....
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Very funny! It took me a moment to turn "master baiter" into "masturbator."
[dailykos.com] Trader Joe's is dropping 1 million pounds of single use plastic from stores. ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Love it!
Is being someone's fetish love?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
No, it's sexual objectification.
[dailykos.com] 100 million traffic stops show massive racial bias in policing - Isn't this just ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Despicable.
Saw this and immediately thought of @Literatehiker & her "adventures":
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Very funny! On the Plenty of Fish dating forum, a bottom-feeder posted two obscene appeals to me. It took me awhile to figure out what his symbols meant. Appalling. I could talk about sexual objectification of women, but his post illustrates my point. **Literate Hiker: What do I have to do to get your attention?** I need you. What do I have to do to get your attention? Just thinking of your superior intelligent self with your liberal slender alabaster thighs wrapped around me made me blow my hot load all over this pic of your profile I printed off. I want to get in, and out, and in and out of you after reading your post here. =======D ~~~~ =======D ~~~~ =======D ~~~~ =======D ~~~~ =======D ~~~~ =======D ~~~~ email pics at TALLFITS at aol dot com =======D ~~~~
Why can’t I edit my posts or see recommendations?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
The option to edit posts appears to drop away after a period of time. It's frustrating.
What do you think about her strategy. Too bad the sound cannot be heard but the article explains it....
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 17, 2019:
Natalie Wynn is deep, brilliant and funny. I applaud her for getting alt-right, white, male supremacists to listen and think about flaws in their racist beliefs. Her groundbreaking, creative strategy using youtube videos gives me hope.
Judge Blocks Kentucky Fetal Heartbeat Law That Bans Abortion After 6 Weeks
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 16, 2019:
Excellent news.
I am super psyched that I am now chatting with a young lady that I met on Zoosk , we have each ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 16, 2019:
Apart from getting my former mother-in-law loaded on White Russians... The quickest and best way to ruin the good and fun times is to load up with expectations in advance. NOTHING IS REAL UNTIL YOU MEET.
[yahoo.com] Chris Wallace of Fox News says there is no way Trump can win in 2020 with just his ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 16, 2019:
I hope he's right.
a not very common visitor to my neighborhood
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 16, 2019:
Great Blue Herons are one of my favorite birds.
The 7 Most Baffling Things About Women's Clothes
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 16, 2019:
"The 7 Most Baffling Thing About Women's Clothes" article is hilarious! " Looking for a nice, regular long-sleeve shirt? How about an upside-down drawstring garbage bag with a giant V cut into the neckline?"
It was a Comedy of Errors and a Drama of Dementia At one of my jobs, I am responsible for ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 16, 2019:
Hilarious! You set the scene well with: "Firstly, there is the Matron; a woman who has hair the faded blue of an Oklahoma sky. She sits at the head of the table in refined slacks and a blouse so covered in red and floral, confused bees follow in her wake. "Surrounding our fair Matron are the Seven Crones; each one blessed with glasses so thick one is left genuinely concerned if they drove themselves to this meeting and how many dead pedestrians now litter the earth."
Have you ever had to report a loud neighbor past 10:00 P.M for being too loud?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 15, 2019:
You have my deep sympathy. **Neighbor from Hell** For five years, I had the neighbor from Hell living below me. With huge speakers beneath my living room, Angel blasted repetitive Mexican ranch music, yelled at his wife and children, and howled as he got drunker. "Angel misses Tijuana," his wife Juana explained. I called the manager and police repeatedly. Angel retaliated by blasting louder. ** Incriminating Information** For four months, I taught Juana English until Angel pulled the plug. I learned: Angel is an illegal immigrant. Juana and the two kids are American citizens. Juana was exhausted from working three jobs. At 32, Angel had diabetes. He refused to work or take diabetes medicine. **Arrested** Christmas Day 2017: Pounding on my door at 9 p.m. It was Juana and their 8 year-old son. Juana said Angel tried to strangle their son and pounded his head against the floor. I gave them shelter. She called the police. In bitter cold, Angel was running around in the dark, dragging their 13-year-old daughter to evade the police. Neither of them had coats. Police were in and out of my place. At midnight, police hid the police cars and asked for Juana's key. Police hid in the apartment downstairs in the dark. They had Juana call Angel, telling him to come home, that the police were gone. Angel was arrested and jailed. The next day, Juana dropped the charges. "I want to keep the family together," she said. **Reported** So, I reported Angel to U.S. Immigration Service. Felt guilty for doing it. **Good Riddance** In October 2018, Angel and his family hastily packed and moved in three hours, without telling the manager where they were going. They wrecked the apartment.
Idiotic questions
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 15, 2019:
Speaking of idiotic questions, yesterday I received a message from a 39-year-old man in Brampton, Ontario, 2,467 miles away. "What are your favorite trails?" he asked. My reply: "I doubt you would recognize the trail names, except maybe the first. "Pacific Crest Trail above Stevens Pass; Minotaur Lake, Theseus Lake and Labyrinth Mountain; Mt. McCausland, Lake Colchuck; Ingalls Creek; Tronsen Ridge; Ski Hill; Mission Ridge Ski Area, Clara and Marion Lakes; trails above Squilchuck State Park; Rock Mountain; Sauer's Mountain, Pipeline Trail; Fourth of July Trail, Glacier View Trail; Nason Ridge High Alpine Lookout; Olympic National Park; Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area; Wind River Range, etc. Too many to list. Kathleen"
one of the nicest things about getting new spectacles is getting that little spray bottle to clean ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 15, 2019:
Good idea! *Off to clean my computer screen.*
Let’s see now... I could call ATT for internet repair or I could stab myself in both eyes twelve ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 15, 2019:
Over five years, I scheduled and waited for 25 different Frontier Communications technicians to no avail. They all made lame excuses. My computer kept crashing, videos hung up buffering, etc. The last technician finally told me the truth: "Your internet speed is less than 2 megabits per second, " he said. "It shoud be at least 20. The reason is that your home is at the tail end of internet wires that begin in downtown Wenatchee. By the time internet speed gets to you, everyone took bits of it, leaving you with a tiny trickle." I pictured a stream running uphill. That day, I canceled Frontier. He suggested two different carriers. I took his recommendation. No more problems.
This could be interesting. Anybody else into paganism and dancing naked around a bonfire?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 15, 2019:
**No way.** Since age 15 when I developed breasts, I have been grabbed, molested, kissed against my will, catcalled, nearly raped, stalked (twice) and sexually assaulted by men. "You look like a victim," a man said recently. I was stunned. "I don't feel like a victim," I replied. "I walk fast with confidence and good posture. I never look at my phone or in my purse while walking in public." "Because you are thin and small, **you look easy to grab**," he explained. His words chilled me to my core. I want the protection of clothing.
Gee, online dating can challenge your levels of trust - or gullibility!!
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 14, 2019:
Research shows 80% of people lie about their age, weight, profession, education, activities, height and/or marital status on their online dating profiles. I refuse to get all twitterpated over a man before meeting. Repeat after me: NOTHING IS REAL UNTIL YOU MEET.
Here's a simple question: Can an atheist consider himself or herself spiritually based? For myself I...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 14, 2019:
This question is asked often on Agnostic.com. Again: Yes. Hiking is an uplifting, transcendent experience for me. Mountains are my sanctuary. A few Christians argued with my use of the word, "transcendent." They claimed "transcendent" refer to their god. I can use any words I want to describe my experience.
Stephen Does The Math On Manafort's Jail Time - YouTube
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 14, 2019:
Hilarious! Love how Stephen pounded on an old adding machine, adding up Manafort's jail time.
Vote him out in 2020!!! Get rid of the nut job before he blows up the world!
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 14, 2019:
## **Vote Republicans out of office!**
Are these dragonflies going a bit too far?! [newsweek.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 13, 2019:
I sympathize. Dragonflies have their own version of modern dating.
Who has nice revenge stories?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 13, 2019:
When my daughter was an adolescent and teenager, she refused to talk with me about body changes, birth control or sex. So, I put pamphlets on Claire's bed since she is a reader. In high school, Claire did Running Start. At 18, she graduated with a high school diploma and a two-year college Associate degree. That meant at 18, she started as a college junior. An only child and a gifted negotiator, Claire convinced college administrators to let her skip the dorm and live in an on-campus apartment instead. For her first apartment, her dad and I gathered things she needed, right down to toilet paper. In my living room, I filled paper shopping bags with items for Claire. For 10 years, I was a board member for Family Planning (now Planned Parenthood). Grinning, I went to Family Planning and quietly got 100 free condoms. Separating the condom strips, I sprinkled condoms evenly in the shopping bags. Shook them to the bottom. For once in my life, I shut up. To set up Claire's first apartment, Claire brought a sheltered girlfriend who wasn't going to college. Claire called her father, appalled. "Dad! Do you know what Mom did? Mom put *condoms* in my bags!" To his credit, Terry laughed and said mildly, "You know your mother." When Claire would speak to me a week later, I explained. "Claire, I am not telling you to have sex with 100 boys. I want you to protect yourself from STDs and pregnancy. How long have I been telling you that you will not be a teen parent?" "Since birth," Claire said ruefully. "I tell all of my friends this story," Claire, 28, said recently. "I think it's hilarious! They do, too."
Crumbs! Worldwide outage of Facebook apparently. The apocalypse is upon us. I must dash out and ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 13, 2019:
Thanks for letting me know. I noticed problems with Facebook today.
Chickens kill fox. How's that for a headline! [bbc.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 13, 2019:
Wow! I have never heard of that happening before.
Spiritual or atheist? More nonbelievers are saying ‘both.’ - CSMonitor.com
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 13, 2019:
As a passionate hiker, mountains are my sanctuary. Hiking is a transcendent, uplifting experience for me.
Are you attracted to a man/woman who works out regularly?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 12, 2019:
Not attracted to fat, sedentary men. Since age 22, I have been weightlifting, running and passionately hiking. I want a man who shares my healthy lifestyle. "I have natural upper body strength," men brag. Then they take off their shirts. It looks like their chest and arms are *melting* with sagging flesh. Ugh.
MY PEOPLE.......... I AM BACK ............ BEEN GONE TOO LONG. KINDA GAVE UP, MIGHT HAVE BEEN A GOOD...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 12, 2019:
**Welcome back.**
[countable.us] POS Mitch McConnell says HR 1 is offensive to average voters - He won't allow ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 12, 2019:
# **Vote Republicans out of office!**
OK...back over 150 (pounds). Normal healthy for me is 135 (pounds). Just posting it for the record...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 12, 2019:
150 **what**? Pounds? Cholesterol? Years? Systolic blood pressure?
As a person who has psychic abilities, and believes in reincarnation, I wonder what peoples thought ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 11, 2019:
I don't care if my daughter stops at Stevens Pass, walks four feet into the woods and unceremoniously dumps my ashes. **Fertilizer. **
Former Florida officer accused of using police database to find women to date
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 11, 2019:
Despicable. Glad he was caught.
Old School Dating Expressions And Their Modern Equivalents [google.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 11, 2019:
Modern dating is a shitshow.
Atheists Can Be Spiritual Too, What Do You Think? [google.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 11, 2019:
Hiking is a transcendent, uplifting experience for me. I feel happy and centered high in the mountains. "I see the joy on your face when you are hiking," my friend Rich said yesterday. *Of course* atheists can be spiritual. Mountains are my sanctuary.
I’m alone and that’s ok (she says while wishing there was someone in bed with her).
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 11, 2019:
I hear you. *Hello, vibrator!*
Why don't other tenants help me shovel snow?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 11, 2019:
Thanks, everybody! After reading your comments, I decided to talk to the manager and tell her I'm tired of shoveling. My upper back hurts. She needs to do the job or hire someone. The law in Wenatchee is that homeowners and apartment owners are required to clear all walkways of snow within 24 hours. Many don't. The snowplow doesn't always come and does a lousy job. The driveway is aggregate with many cracks. He sets the snowplow blade high, leaving a lot of snow. Dumps it without caring about how snowmelt creates ice. I have been shoveling it for my own and other's safety. With record-breaking snow in Feb. 2019, it has become too much. More snow is forecast in the next two days. In 2004, the last snowfall was **June 4.** I shook my fist at the sky. *"My back, my back!"* my ex-husband moaned. Yet Terry played tennis five days a week. I did all of the snow shoveling and for the elderly lady next door. Also, I did all of the leaf-raking with a massive, 80-year old Norway Maple in our front yard. The tree canopy shaded our backyard and extended over the street. That Norway Maple dropped zillions of big leaves late in fall. I stood in swirling snow, raking madly. After our divorce, Terry replaced me with a leaf blower and snowblower.
Is AOC correct about fear? Is Bill Nye correct? [facebook.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Yes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bill Nye are correct about fear and courage. Also correct about climate change deniers funded by fossil fuel companies.
Have you ever lived somewhere you didn't want to and couldn't wait to get out?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Yes, Seattle was depressing, especially in winter. I called the endless gray skies and drizzle "Seattle's incontinence."
What do you think about Trump’s appointees? [theguardian.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Horrified.
Arizona zoo attack: Jaguar attacked a woman while she was taking a picture
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Natural selection at work.
About to read Atlas Shrugged again. I do think it's relevant these days.
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Ayn Rand is dangerous and delusional. A brief primer on Atlas Shrugged: https://winstonsdiarydotcom.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/ayn-rand-is-dangerous-delusional-a-brief-primer-on-atlas-shrugged/
Either all the Trump supporters on Agnostic have retreated to their singular echo chamber, or the ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Personal attacks are against community guidelines. I report and block people who belittle or mock me: Trumpsters. *Poof! *
Lumberjack beards are the mullets of this decade. Change my mind
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 9, 2019:
I find long, unkempt beards repulsive.
I threw up a little in my mouth... Trump signing Bibles in tornado ravaged AL [theweek.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 9, 2019:
Twitter threw the book at Trump for signing Bibles. Old joke, adapted: –– What's the difference between God and Donald Trump? –– God doesn't think he's Donald Trump. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alabama-trump-bibles-providence-baptist-church_n_5c82ff45e4b0d93616281e76
I threw up a little in my mouth... Trump signing Bibles in tornado ravaged AL [theweek.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 9, 2019:
Don't get me started. I'll rant about Marmalade Mussolini. *Deep breaths... *
So what is the delay of getting full healthcare coverage in the USA? [rwer.wordpress.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 9, 2019:
**Vote Republicans out of office! **
Do you remember driving just to get out of the house? I suppose people still do that.
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
No. I go for a walk instead.
A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes - Vox
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
"An asshole is someone who leaves us feeling demeaned, de-energized, disrespected, and/or oppressed. In other words, someone who makes you feel like dirt." Exactly.
Just wanted to let you know about two bug fixes that are now live. First, you'll probably see that ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Thanks. Until today, I was on Level 8.3 with over 115,000 points. Now I'm at 8.4. Since Level 9 requires 200,000 points, I thought 100,000 points would be 8.5.
Happy women's Day women!
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Thank you!
Happy women's day!! RESPECT to you all... [youtu.be]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
**Love it.** I posted this on Facebook. Thanks! Kathleen Clitteratti member
International Women's Day - What better day than on my birthday! In a world of mortals, we are ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Beautiful post! Your compassion, strength and loving heart shine through. Happy birthday! You are a shining STAR. Remember you are loved.
Why are people so quick to judge?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Apparently these people listen to Rush Limbaugh and watch Fox News. Many nasty labels of Democrats were coined by Rush Limbaugh: "libtard," "snowflake," "Obummer," "communist," ad nauseam. Rush Limbaugh loves insulting Democrats in his radio rants.
Why is it so hard to find a nice athiest girl in this city?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Do you ever smile? You look bored and grim in your unsmiling photos. What matters more than anything when it comes to your online dating profile? One word: Photos. Photos can drastically increase your chances of getting more communication and dates. Or not. “Use your photos as a primary tool to express who you are, what you love to do, where you love to go and what type of lifestyle you lead.” (From “The Most Successful Online Dating Profile Photos Revealed” by EHarmony, 2014.) Want to completely kill any chances of success? Then upload blurry, dark or poor quality images. This seems like an obvious statement, but thousands of people upload pics like this. You have 5 seconds to make a good impression. Women will see your main photo as a tiny pic the size of a saltine cracker on their cell phone screens. If your main photo is not clear, bright and attractive, they move on. A genuine smile is inviting, warm and appealing. Women want to see your eyes and smile. If you look happy in your photos, women will see you as a fun person they will enjoy being around.
any merit to this? [sciencealert.com]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 8, 2019:
"What if...?" questions are just speculation. No merit until proven.
German man sentenced to life for poisoning co-workers - BBC News
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Horrifying.
How would you react to a stranger giving you this card especially if the person has no intent to ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Giving out a card like this is strange and socially awkward.
A wise man once told me. "You should try anything in life at least once, except for incest and ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Any thinking person knows not to go against their good judgment. I refuse to try: 1. Cigarettes; 2. Drinking and driving; 3. Picking up strange men; 4. BDSM 5. Heroin, and more.
I had a trully upsetting and shocking experience today. I just feel so angry about it. I have two ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
So sad. This is why the Black Lives Matter movement is important.
My mom's refrigerator! My mom died early Wednesday morning. I've decided that offering someone ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Sorry for your loss. Take good care of yourself.
10 Unforgettable Michigan Views | Midwest Living
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Thank you! I grew up on a lake in Michigan, sailing, swimming and ice skating. After graduating from the University of Michigan, at age 21 I moved to Washington State to climb mountains and stayed. I miss about Michigan: cardinals, fall colors, Great Lakes, fireflies and living on a lake. Visiting family in Michigan, I scanned the horizon for my beloved mountains. 1. Olympic National Park from the summit of Mt. Townsend. 2. Mt. Rainier wrapped by the Enchantment Mountains. Taken from a small plane. 3. Lake Colchuck with Dragontail Peak behind me. 4. Mt. Stuart and the Stuart Range. 5. Golden Northern Larch tree, Schaefer Lake.
Why left-handed people are exceptional. BOTH of my sons are left-handed! I believe it!❤??? ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Research shows left-handed people are more intelligent and creative. I come from a family of six left-handed, highly intelligent, funny musicians and artists. My daughter is left-handed, too.
DVD's? The real question is ... Who still uses this tech format? ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 7, 2019:
I do.
I am about to lose my most dear niece to the evils of Ewings Sarcoma. I'm close to broken. She is 12...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 6, 2019:
You have my sympathy. This is heartbreaking for the family. Losing a child is one of the hardest experiences in life.
How relationship experts define the the word "soulmate"
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 6, 2019:
I don't believe in soul mates. Love is an action verb, not magical attraction.
De cluttering my life of stuff is ever so liberating, never mind that I cannot see a difference yet....
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 6, 2019:
Agreed. I love clean surfaces. My home is a sanctuary that calms and pleases me.
A phenomenal speech about growing up by a young man concerned about climate breakdown and guns. What...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 5, 2019:
I saw this speech before. **Love what he said. ** "If your hands are deep in the pockets of fossil fuel executives, get out of the way." *Bravo!*
I completed my first full day on the job in almost 6 months. I'm happy to have found a good place to...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Glad you found a good place to work. Hope your new job is satisfying, you have good co-workers and a kind supervisor.
The Party's over..
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 4, 2019:
Whiny baby. She realizes the obvious NOW? Spoken like a Republican strategist: "The conservative movement- it's been hijacked." "I blame the people in that crowd." *You are to blame.* "They are doing nothing... for us to be taken seriously as a party." **Vote Republicans out of of office!**
Should A Shirt Be Buttoned Top-To-Bottom Or Bottom-To-Top?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 4, 2019:
Whatever is easier for the person. There is no hard-and-fast rule. With a seam ripper, I carefully enlarge buttonholes, removing one or two threads. This makes buttoning easier, especially with cold fingers. To my delight, I found a hiking shirt with snaps. Love it.
How Do You Get Past the Presentation Jitters?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 4, 2019:
Public speaking is the number one American fear, over death. In the first seven years of business, over 10,000 people attended my seminars. **Twelve Tips for Great Public Speaking and To Banish Jitters** 1. Drink WARM water only. Cold water restricts your vocal cords. 2. Avoid caffeine. It makes you jittery. 3.** Preparation** is key. Type what you want to say, double-spaced, 14 point type. Number the pages. Underline and circle key points. While speaking, glance down at your notes. Look up to re-establish eye contact with people. 4. Practice and time your presentation in advance. 5. On the way to the presentation, warm up your voice: "a- e- i - o - u." While driving, say aloud positive affirmations: *I am a warm, strong, positive person.* *I think well on my feet.* *I listen to what people need.* *I am lucky to lead this group, and they are lucky to be with me.* *I enjoy leading this group.* 6. Arrive early. Set up, get help with equipment, adjust the lights, etc. 8. Standing at the door, greet people as they arrive. Smile and and shake their hand. Then it feels like you are with friends. 9. Use bold, simple, colorful visual aids. Give people handouts. Most people are visual learners. Visual aids are especially helpful for people with English as a second language. 10. Pace yourself. **Smile.** 11. Encourage group participation. Ask a question. Invite the group to divide into groups of three. Ask them to discuss the question for eight minutes. After eight minutes, get the attention of the group. Say, "On the count of three, please point to your group spokesperson." (*laughter*) Then go around the room to hear from each group. 12. ** Have fun. ** Get out from behind the podium. Amused, people watched me winding the microphone cord around the table as I walked. Stopped short, I laughed and unwound myself. People say they love my sense of humor.
What are your thoughts on "white privilege? How would you define it? Is it a state of mind? I ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
As a white person: 1. I don't worry about being stopped by police or killed for being white. 2. When I walk into stores, I am never harassed because of my skin color. 3. The KKK and white supremacists are not marching against me. 4. Being white, I don't worry about discrimination in housing. 5. I can be in public spaces without being abused due to my skin color. 6. It's easier for me to get a job because I'm white, etc. https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/10/25/559015355/how-black-americans-see-discrimination
I just got phone scam call but didn't fall for it. Weird thing is, it was from a person i talked to ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
I get health insurance scam calls twice/day. I block their numbers. There's a new Medicare phone scam: https://clark.com/scams-rip-offs/medicare-card-scam/
The country I come from is called the Midwest. If you have lived in several areas, do you feel like...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
Grew up on a lake in Michigan sailing, swimming and ice skating. After graduating from University of Michigan, at age 21 I moved to Washington State to climb mountains and stayed. In early May 2011, I flew to Traverse City, Michigan to visit my best friend from Michigan, Jami, and her husband. Miles of deciduous forests had tender, pale green leaves emerging, translucent and shimmering in sunlight. *Gorgeous!* We had fun at Lake Michigan dunes and beaches. I felt deeply at home. Living in the Evergreen State, I miss Michigan's Great Lakes, dunes, cardinals, fireflies and living on a lake. But I'm always scanning the horizon for my beloved mountains. On a deep level, I have two homes: Michigan and Washington State.
Just a little something on Lefties. (and I mean "handed", not political) And yes, I am one as well....
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
I come from a family of six, intelligent, funny, left-handed musicians and artists. For some reason, I married two left-handed men. My daughter Claire is left-handed. Read left-handed people die an average to 6-7 years earlier. My theory: 1. Absorbing all that ink by dragging our left hand over the page. 2. Curled up like shrimp in those stupid, right-handed desks in school. 3. The world is set up for right-handed people. It's exhausting and frustrating. Two examples: Try shifting a car with your left hand. Left-handed pinking shears for sewing cannot be sharpened, *not even at the factory*. The factory only sharpens right-handed shears. I rest my case.
Tonight I am going to see the vagina monologues for the second time. Glad I have the means to ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
What are the Vagina Monologues? (too lazy to look it up)
The Achilles' Heel of EVERYTHING in the Universe Yes, Dear Reader, there IS an Achilles' ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
Nobody wants to read a wall of words.
Getting carried away Vol 1
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
How about a steaming pile of turds? That's what I think of Orange Cheeto.
Getting carried away Vol 2
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
How about a steaming pile of turds? That's what I think of Marmalade Mussolini.
Would you consider working for a religious organization?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
I don't want to support a religious organization.
I would like to thank all of those folks who helped me reach level nine before midnight Feb 28th. I ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 3, 2019:
You are welcome, @Sticks48.
I'm sitting in a restaurant waiting for my food. I was feeling down and lonely today, but then ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 2, 2019:
I always take a book to read when I eat alone in a restaurant. You are not a weirdo. **More Americans Are Single Than Ever Before—And They’re Healthier, Too.** "In 2017, the U.S. census reported 110.6 million unmarried people over the age of 18—that’s 45.2 percent of the American adult population—carrying out their lives to a new set of societal norms. Are unmarried Americans doomed, or onto something truly exciting." https://observer.com/2018/01/more-americans-are-single-than-ever-before-and-theyre-healthier-too/
Cheesus looks like
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Anthropologists have it right.
I’ve seen some strange thinks but cock soup?? ??
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 2, 2019:
A poor choice of words. This soup was probably made in a country with a language other than English.
Do you enjoy jigsaw puzzles?
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 2, 2019:
It's hard to walk away. Standing up, I see a piece I need from a different angle.
I'm guessing Trump's grades were not very impressive.
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Of course Donald Trump got terrible grades. 1. He refuses to read reports. 2. Speaks in gibberish. 3. Refuses to listen to others. 4. Does not research or learn. 5. He threatened his high school, the SAT and colleges he attended that he would SUE if they release his grades.
According to the HuffPost: “Americans say, 48 percent to 35 percent, that they believe Trump is a...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Why Trump supporters believe Trump's lies: A. Deliberate ignorance B. Racism C. Stupidity D. Sexism E. Religion F. Greed G. All of the above.
Has anyone ever tried "dry needling" (not to be confused with acupuncture), for acute muscle pain or...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
For tight muscles, stretch before and after exercise. Hold the stretch for over 30 seconds, and you will get a deeper stretch. Every day.
Today is my youngest daughters 25th birthday. Not quite sure where all those years went.
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Happy birthday to your daughter!
Trump chasing a Nobel Prize
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Trump asked the Japanese government to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. They said no. https://www.newsweek.com/trump-japan-prime-minister-nominate-nobel-peace-prize-1334093
Trump is a psychopath [alternet.org]
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
This is well-known among intelligent, educated people aka Democrats.
I hate going to the supermarket for oh so many reasons! -- The PA system blaring out bad ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
I always use self-checkout and small carts. Much faster. Small carts are more maneuverable.
PresidentSucker.
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Trump is too arrogant to learn from his mistakes.
Guru convinced 400 men to castrate themselves to be closer to God | Michael Stone
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Natural selection at work.
My current grammar pet peeve is people who don't know how to use the word "myself" properly, but ...
LiterateHiker comments on Mar 1, 2019:
"Just saying" = weasel words. Urban Dictionary definition: "There is an obvious implication of what I just said, but I formally disavow that implication, although I actually believe it."

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Happy in my perfect element. June 2017
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Feeling warm in the snow! March 2018.
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Scenic lunch spot on the way to Mission Peak. June 2017
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"Fit is the new sexy," Shape magazine says. I'm finally "in." September 2017
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Hiyo Silver! Away! October 2016
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Let it snow! February 2018
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You can see a dime in the back pocket. August 2017.
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Great views and howling wind at the summit. Leaning into the wind. April 2018
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I'm a rockstar! Won the 1st Scholarship Rockstar award. I'm 2nd from left. Volunteer college mentors, May 2018
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Glowing after a run. August 2016
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French twist for daughter' wedding. Sept. 2018
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Look what was in my mailbox! October 2018.
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Daughter Claire's wedding at Lake Chelan. Made my dress. Sept. 2018.
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