And for once my camera was in my hand at the right moment

The Salinas River began to flow toward me as I watched in awe. Author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic, 2012

If you’ve grown up around rivers, perhaps they don’t awe you. I didn’t. I grew up near Los Angeles where most rivers were encased in cement and dry unless we’d had heavy rains. Our rivers were glorified drainage ditches, lines on maps with little meaning.

I never saw a real river until my family spent a week near the Kern River when I was young. I was an adult before I saw the rivers farther north along the Pacific Coast. The Columbia River was the first to awe me. …


Whose advice about writing on Medium can you trust?

Image by Felix Lichtenfeld from Pixabay, modified by author

Dear Medium Newbie,

Welcome to my favorite online writing and blogging platform. Everyone has an equal opportunity to be successful here, but not every Medium writer defines or experiences success the same way. Along my way, I’ve read a lot of advice. Some has been from longtime successful members. And too much has been from people here less than six months.

I started blogging in 2006. Besides my own blogs, I wrote on several other online platforms. …


A complete index to my Medium posts organized by subject

Collage of the aspects of my life I write about
Collage of the aspects of my life I write about
Collage created by © Barbara Radisavljevic from her photos related to writing topics

Medium’s new profile design has made older evergreen articles harder to find. Who wants to scroll randomly down a profile to find a topic of interest? I’ve tried to make my profile easier to navigate by indexing my articles by category. Articles I like best are at the top part of each category.

As I organized this, I discovered that it’s hard to compartmentalize my life. My Christian worldview and faith permeate most articles because they influence how I view everything from relationships to nature. It was also hard to separate many of my articles about family and personal life…


Day 1: Do you see the squirrel? Author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic

PHOTO-A-DAY CHALLENGE

My week in photos: July 23–29

Day 1: I got a haircut near our city’s transportation center, fondly called the train station by locals, on Velta Circle. As I walked toward the circle I was trying to get a better photo of the squirrel next to the oak tree below. It evaded me by diving quickly into one of its tunnel entrances. So this is the best I could do.


Like an untended garden, we need renewal when exhausted from caregiving and grief

Untended garden, author photo© Barbara Radisavljevic

The garden neglect began after our close friend Rich died in 2003. Grief drains energy and motivation, especially when all your remaining energy has to immediately go into caring for parents who are terminally ill.

Rich had been like another brother, only he lived much closer to us than my blood brother. He was a genius with anything mechanical and could also help solve almost any technical problem we had.

We became his West Coast family when he broke his ties to his blood family on the East Coast during a personal crisis in his life. He became a trucker…


Day 3: From my back porch, clouds during our heatwave, author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic

PHOTO-A-DAY CHALLENGE

My week in photos: July 16–22

The California Mid-State Fair has come to Paso Robles along with the heatwave that usually accompanies it. The crowds and heat don’t appeal to me so like the cat in the Day 7 photo, I seek shade or the indoors. I only venture out when I have to.


A random act of beauty?

Sunflowers in a parking strip in Paso Robles, author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic

I hardly ever leave my neighborhood, so when I do, I’m always hoping to find something unusual I would not see within walking distance. On my way to shop early this week, I saw this mature forest of sunflowers blooming on the parking strip next to the corner house. There was another on the island in the middle of 21st Street. You can see my shot of the corner in this article I wrote for the Photo-a-Day challenge started by Dennett many of us participate in.

I took this next shot from the north end of the property line looking…


How is it even possible to run over yourself with your own truck?

My husband’s 1983 pickup truck, author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. (Psalm 37:8, ESV)

It started on a Saturday morning at our Templeton home. As usual, I was running late and was afraid I wouldn’t make it to the farmers market before it closed at noon. When I rushed out the door, I discovered Hubby had parked his Toyota truck in such a way that it was blocking my car from getting out without hitting the corner of his truck.

It had not been a peaceful morning. We had been engaged in one of those discussions of…


Day 1: New seed pods forming on goldenrain tree, author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic

PHOTO-A-DAY CHALLENGE

My week in photos: July 9–15

Day 1: When we last saw my goldenrain tree it had flowers that were just beginning to turn into light green seed pods. Now, after two weeks, the pods are growing to their full size and some are beginning to show signs of the brown color they will become.

On these days the temperature was in the triple digits and we avoided the outdoors.

Day 2: Reading on my bed during the hot afternoon. Those are my feet. Yes, the A/C was on and I covered up my legs with my robe because I was right under the blower. My…


Honeysuckle, author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic

A memory from my childhood in Southern California

Until this year I never noticed it. But now it seems every time I go for a walk I see honeysuckle. It’s next to the park. The neighbors have planted it in their sideyards. When I see it my memories take me back to when I first met it.

I had lots of cousins when I was young but when I was a child I only knew the two on my mother’s side — my mother’s sister’s children, Kathy and Judy. They lived in North Long Beach, California, half an hour from our Bellflower home. …

Barbara Radisavljevic

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 56 years. Central Coast of California. https://barbrad.com

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