An Aversion to Doing Anything the Typical Way – Camilla Interviewed by Jess Faraday

June 13 2020

I’m chatting with Jess about my weird aversion to doing anything the typical way, how my 10 year marriage ending led to my first book, and imposter syndrome. Join us…(photo mentioned in interview) ….

JF: Let’s start out with five fun facts about you. Go.

  1. I swear a lot!
  2. I love having solo dance parties.
  3. I’m finally cleaning photos from my iPhone. I had about 10,000!
  4. I haven’t had a television since 2008.
  5. I’m actually a very lazy person!

JF: Do you have a day job? If so, what is it? What other jobs have you held? Have they influenced your writing?

Before I became a mom, I was a …..  Follow the link to read further …

Meeting the Author: Camilla Downs

George Floyd’s Last Words

June 13 2020

… from my heart … xoxo

The fear of speaking my voice sits lodged in my throat. Yet, I can do this. It is nothing compared to the years of suffering my brothers and sisters have endured.

I can no longer remain silent about matters that offend my heart and soul. I have been quiet about current events as I begin to educate myself. I am 50 years old. I have been quiet for far too long. I know that no matter what I say in this writing, something will not be said in the best way, or the wrong words will be used. However, I cannot let that delay my speaking up.

I have been walking into my own discomfort for the past 15 years. I’m prepared to walk into the discomfort of learning about systemic racism and I’ve been doing it for a week, and will continue doing it until I feel I’ve educated myself fully, spoken, and continue to live from a different place with this knowledge. I love my fellow humans and I will do this for them, for myself, and for the positive advancement of the human race. This is an act of love. For me, love is not just a feeling one has for another. Love is an action. How do we expect change to happen unless we address it within ourselves first and foremost?

I support Black Lives Matter. I support BIPOC. I support the lifting of oppression. I support justice and equality for communities of color. I support the ….. Follow link to continue reading …

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Lillian and Camilla June 2020 Date Day

June 9 2020

Lillian and Camilla June 2020 Date Day … Part 1

Fries from Ike’s and lemon cheesecake cookie from Whole Foods for Lillian. Fabulous French onion from GreatFull Gardens and Coconut Bliss chocolate walnut brownie “ice cream” for me.

Part 2

A walk in one of our favorite places.

Part 3

A beautiful drive to Audrey Harris Park, stop to take in the beauty, and a wonderful drive back home.

Writing Rituals and Fictional Characters – Interview on The Magic of Wor(l)ds

June 6 2020

Thank you to the lovely Stefanie in Flanders, Belgium for having me on her magical book blog.

We’re chatting about which non-fiction writers and fictional characters I’d love to invite for coffee, writing rituals, and whether people in my life should be worried about making an appearance in future books … (Belgium Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay)

Words of Alchemy – Camilla Downs @CamillaDowns , an #Interview #QandA

 

Shiny New Windshield with Lovely Plants

June 4 2020

Look at that shiny new windshield and wipers!!!! I am so excited! Lovely, kind, mobile service by glassify. Thank you Olivia!!

My review on Yelp …

Olivia and her team are amazing! I have a high deductible, paying out of pocket for a new windshield, so price is extremely important to me. I didn’t want to use who I’ve used in the past as they don’t offer mobile service, and frankly, just aren’t very welcoming. For just a tad bit more, I was able to have Glassify come to me. Olivia was professional, fast at responding to my emails, and very kind. I felt like I mattered. It was a pleasant experience all the way around. Glassify has a new customer, should I ever need my car windows addressed again.

Read Camilla D.‘s review of Glassify on Yelp

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June 5 2020

I don’t know if I’ve ever liked a plant so much. I’m excited to be adding plants to our family! This is the first one.

June 6 2020

Here’s the second plant we’ve added to the family.

Throwback Post: Picnic and Strawberry Dessert

**THROWBACK POST**

May 31 2012:

Picnic in the park adventures!!! Reward for Team Member T having another good day!!

Picnic May 31 2012

Lillian was sad so Thomas made her a special dessert to cheer her up …. Dried apricots and fresh strawberries topped with honey sesame cashews! Looks pretty good!!!

Strawberry Dessert May 2012

Lovely Walk of Inspiring Messages and Magical Moon Clouds

June 3 2020

I purposely did not post these yesterday. First time back here in nearly three months for an inspiring walk. I adore what this neighborhood has done, with lovely messages to brighten nearly every step of ones walk.

This walk inspired a couple of writings. Once they are written I must grow the courage to share them, as they are inspired by current events.

I’ve yet to sit and write them as I’ve been ungrounded the past few days. Yesterday was the cherry on top of being reminded that I needed to ground. My sun dress got caught on one of Thomas’s tree limbs in the garage, ripping it. The patio umbrella took flight with a forceful gust of wind, landing on top of the building behind us, where it still sits, lodged in the gutter. Then, once again, the bottom of my dress caught in something underneath the car as I was getting inside. At that point, I laughed harder than I’ve laughed in a while. Okay. Yes, I get it. Come back down to earth. Yes, yes.

June 4 2020

Great clouds yesterday afternoon, early evening.

June 4 2020

Wonderful walk this morning. Magical clouds again today.

June 6 2020

Such a magical moon last night.