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An Extra in a Land of Zs

Photo Courtesy of Susan Whitman

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on set while they are filming a television series?  Even more, wondered what it would be like to be in front of the camera?  Recently I sat down to talk with one of my long time friends about her experience of filming background for the Syfy network series, Z Nation.

Susan Whitman and I met back when we were teenagers.  Marriage, work, kids, even grand kids for Susan, have kept us busy.  Susan even served a term on our city council.  But now it seems we have more “us” time, and are taking advantage to pursue things that we might have never imagined would be possible for us to do.  Read more


My Person, Vanuatu, and Nepal

Greg and I – Just Two Ragamuffins

Many of us have that one person in our lives who truly inspires us.  Some of us are even fortunate enough to be related.  I have such a person in my life.  My first memories of Greg are of us playing together in my backyard.  I was somewhere around four or five years old and Greg was a half year older.  In fact, Greg was born on my mom’s birthday, which probably made him her favorite nephew.  And if not, well, he at least always had the title of favorite cousin from me.  Growing up, Greg was the only boy around my age that I ever felt really comfortable being around.  I do have a brother, but we are separated by seven years, him being the younger.  And yes, I have other boy cousins, but they were more like typical brothers; cousins who you visit with at family functions, playing with some of them and barely tolerating others.  Read More…

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Keeping up with Josh

Photo Courtesy of Josh Sabarra

Congratulations to Josh Sabarra on the success of his first publication, Porn Again.  Josh was At A Glance‘s first Feature way back in the winter of 2012.  At that time he mentioned his dream project was to pen a book and that he had actually began the process of developing it!  Two years later, he saw this wonderful dream evolve into fruition!  Upon publication, Josh has been doing promotions such as Sirius Radio, book signings, and discussion sessions.  He’s also keeping bookstores stocked with pre-signed copies of the book, which apparently seem to keep running out.  No shock there.

Thanks Josh, for sharing your journey with us.  We are celebrating with you today and wish for many more exciting things to come your way!

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Time to Get Back to Writing!

Lincoln City, Oregon

Lincoln City, Oregon Photo Courtesy of Jayne Owens

It’s amazing how fast time has slipped away.  Following a lengthy family health issue to deal with last Fall, I then spent some time recovering from surgery myself this past Spring.  With all of that behind me, the time has come to try and bring some new Features and posts to the blog!  I hope you all are having a wonderful summer (or colder months if you are around the world farther away!)  It has been exceedingly hot here in wonderful Washington State.  Above 100 degrees for the last two weeks.  Makes my mind a little scrambled, but I am determined to return to the blog and connect with all of you once more!  I am looking for some interesting people and subjects to Feature, so if anyone has any suggestions or connections they’d care to pass on, please feel free!  I’ll leave you with a photo I took from a recent trip to the Oregon Coast.  Enjoy!

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Happy Fall!

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Time once again for some updates!! Our Featured people sure have been busy, although you may not have noticed since we’ve still been fairly quiet here. I have had to take some time away to deal with a family health issue, but am hoping that things are on the up swing and I’ll be able to dedicate more time again to all of the amazing things I enjoy Featuring! So… let’s get caught up a little bit!  Read More

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Summertime Updates!

Where has this summer gone?!  Taking a little down time during this season, I thought it was time to do an update to connect up with what some of our amazing Features have been up to!  First off though, time for a little celebration!  Very excited to share that At a Glance has SURPASSED THE 20,000 VIEWS MARK!! WOW! That is so amazing, we are having regular visits daily and people continue to return and check out what’s happening with all of our amazing friends who were so generous to share their time with us for Features! I think we need to celebrate… so who’s up for cake?!  And while we are enjoying the cake, take a minute to see just what these Featured friends have been up to…  Read More

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Cement Suitcase – A Little Wine for the Soul

Scenic vistas of mountain landscapes and surrounding hills nestle close to surround a beautiful, bountiful, rural valley area.  Blessed with vegetables and fruit trees, livestock, hops, and the booming industry of vineyards, the Yakima Valley in Washington State seems a long way from the bright lights of Hollywood and the L.A. film industry.  But sometimes, paths cross and amazing things can happen right in your own backyard.

Such was the case with J. Rick Castañeda’s film Cement Suitcase.  Rick is a Yakima Valley native who traveled from L.A. to return to his roots and create his first Indie Feature Film using the valley as the setting for his homegrown tale.  With the film now touring select Film Festivals and winning multiple awards, I was able to catch up with Rick, find out about his journey in a film career, and him being the first filmmaker to feature the stunning Yakima Valleyhome to not only Rick, but myself as well!  Read more


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