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About crossingsauthor

Judy Fleagle spent 22 years teaching 1st and 2nd grades and 21 years as editor/staff writer with Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines.Since 2009, she has written five books: "Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges," "The Crossings Guide to Oregon's Coastal Spans," "Around Florence," "Devil Cat and Other Colorful Animals I Have Known," and "The Oregon Coast Guide to the UNEXPECTED!!!."

#253–Restless Legs Syndrome . . .

I can’t remember the last time I went to a concert or movie––afternoon or evening––when after awhile, one of my legs wouldn’t constantly demand that I move it. And trying to keep it moving all the time is tiring and … Continue reading

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# 252–A totally UNEXPECTED year . . .

Between the writing and marketing, the past three years were busy with my book The Oregon Coast Guide to the UNEXPECTED. This book dealt with 26 places that were so unexpected that even if I knew about them, the first … Continue reading

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#251–Getting things done . . .

Note: To buy cards or books, check menu bar above. You know how sometimes in the middle of the night you wake up and think of all the things that need to be done and picture yourself getting right on … Continue reading

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#250–Taming the wilderness . . .

Note: To buy books or cards, check the menu bar above. We had done our research when deciding to move to Oregon, and settled on the area around one of Florence’s lakes as the ideal place to live. So when … Continue reading

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#249–Gardening with arthritic thumbs . . .

I garden with arthritic thumbs and unsteady legs in a yard where the trees cause a lot more shade than they used to. My back area is on a north-facing slope, so the sun is limited to mid-March to mid-October. … Continue reading

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#248–Crossings Guide updated . . .

Note: To buy books or cards, check the menu bar above. When you write a guide, you are giving people the most updated facts about whatever the topic is. In my case, when I wrote about the historic bridges of … Continue reading

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#247–Creating cards is addictive . . .

Six weeks ago, I had no cards. I only had books. Then I decided to do three cards with my Haiku poems that I had written about the Coronavirus situation. That was such fun, I did another card where I … Continue reading

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#246-Sleep! What sleep? . . .

Toss and turn, toss and turn. On my back, on my side. Legs curled up, legs stretched out. No matter what I do, I can’t get comfortable. I count sheep, cats, dogs, and anything else that comes to mind. I … Continue reading

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#245­–A life of white privilege, who knew . . .

I am a white woman and, therefore, have “white privilege.” Although, I didn’t know that until I was in my 70s and started hearing the phrase. With all the Black Lives Matter protests since George Floyd’s death, we’ve heard the … Continue reading

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#244–Mari’s Books is now Books and More in Yachats . . .

Back in 2011, when I published my first major book, Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges, I was given some very good advice from a few authors I looked to as mentors. Bob Welch, one of Oregon’s most well-known authors, was one … Continue reading

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