- Seattle, Washington, USA
- September 10
- Born in Brooklyn, raised in L.A. Studied at U.C. Santa Cruz, waitressed in San Francisco, found my way to Seattle in the early 80s. Career in high tech (Aldus/Adobe) until 2007 when I left to do The Whale Trail. Writing on Open Salon since May 2008. Go Obama!
MY RECENT POSTS
- Levon Helm and Lessons Learned
April 19, 2012 09:18PM
- Hope on the Elwha
September 28, 2011 05:55PM
- Bright Star, Dim Oscar
February 02, 2010 06:30PM
- Remembering Lynn
January 02, 2010 02:59AM
- Listening to the Whales
August 18, 2009 05:11AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Did someone say bakery?
Welcome back, Freaky Troll.
September 08, 2013 10:40PM
- “The pirate wimmin are
with you, Nana. May grace
July 29, 2013 01:46PM
- “An E ticket! Where did
you get that? Still my
choice for the
February 13, 2013 12:57AM
- “Los Biblios! How
wonderful to see a post from
you again. And
January 23, 2013 05:46PM
- “Wonderful, Lea! Thanks,
as always, for taking us
share your hope for
January 15, 2013 02:36PM
Donna Sandstrom's Links
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The only Levon Helm story I have is the ticket I didn't buy to see the Last Waltz - the concert, not the movie.
I was 20 years old, working part-time at an ice-cream shop in Santa Cruz while I went to school. It was a great gig - paid a… Read full post »
Mouth of the Elwha
We spent the third weekend of September in Port Angeles, helping to celebrate the Elwha dams coming down. The 45-mile long Elwha River once produced all six species of Pacific salmonids, including record-setting Chinook salmon.
The return of the river to… Read full post »
Best Costume Design. Really, Academy? That’s it? As a good online friend would say, Pffft.
This time of year, when I am not reading OS, or noticing how much earlier the sun is setting (already!), one of my favorite things to do is listen for whales at www.orca-live.net.
Most of the time, what you hear are the ambient noises of Johnstone Strait: lapping waves,… Read full post »
Sandra’s recent reverie about summers past reminded me of a piece I wrote a while back. (Okay, it was decades ago. In the 80s!) A little light something for your weekend…
On summer nights when we were ten
we played hide-and-go-seek… Read full post »
Calling All Northwesterners (including you too, Canadians!)
What: Anniversary Party to Celebrate the First Year of Open Salon
When: Thursday April 16, 6 p.m.- 8 (or whenever)
Seeing the stories on the cover of Open Salon today reminded me of my own little adventure at the Playboy mansion. Don’t get too excited, it wasn’t like that.
It was 1973, and I was a junior in high school. Two friends and I were on our way from the… Read full post »
It's not the practice that grates, but what we are calling it.
You know I love this place. And I really don't mind getting notices of the new things you've written, or pointers to things you think I'd like to read. In fact, I like it, because I'd miss a lot… Read full post »
Nah, not that kind....
I'm going to Baja for 11 days and I won't be bringing a laptop. You know what that means...no OS! No comments, no posts, no Freaky, no squirrel...what am I gonna do!!
Oh, that's right. I'm going to be on a boat in the Sea of Cortez… Read full post »
1. I have spent the night on a schooner drifting among humpback whales in Alaska, their blows echoing across Frederick Sound.
2. The northern lights are one of the most awe-inspiring, naturally psychedelic things I have ever seen. Great bursts of color draped across the sky… Read full post »
I came down with a cold last week. Or, should I say, I got clobbered by a Monster Cold that started skulking around on Wednesday, and made its full body assault over the weekend.
I went so far as to reach for the cold medicine. There were three different… Read full post »
It’s snowing in Seattle! The weather people have been predicting it for days, and this time, they got it right. It’s a light snow, for now, but it is sticking, and the world has been transformed.
Snow always makes me giddy. Maybe it’s a result of growing up in… Read full post »
(Most Read, Saturday 11/22, 1:30 PST)
I may have found my genre.... Read full post »
While everyone was scurrying around posting their avatars for the OS collage, this was the Top Rated list at around 8:30 tonight:
I thought it was really funny... I only wish it was 101 words ;) I'm trying to think of a good title... Read full post »
With its high ceilings and velvet couch, it does not feel like a glasses store. She picks out a black pair with crystals on the stems. “Ooh - so You!”
I am not sure.
She pulls another pair, titanium from Japan.
“Also hip!” the sales chorus sings.… Read full post »
Joining the song meme party. Thanks for the invitation, umbrellakinesis!
Who are you?
Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe…
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million
suns it calls me on and… Read full post »
I looked up this quote today while commenting on DogWoman’s blog because I couldn’t remember who said it. I was a little surprised to find that it was Gerald Ford, as part of his inauguration speech. Or more accurately, the remarks he gave after being sworn in as p… Read full post »
I’ve been having a rough couple of days. There are a lot of things I am supposed to be working on, but somehow I couldn’t get myself to move on any of them. And the longer it goes like that, the worse it gets. Like a hoar frost spreading into… Read full post »
The first major gusts of the season tore through here last week, shutting down power and scattering trees, as if announcing the change. My thoughts turn again to Jesse, because this is the month in which he died.
Steven J. Bernstein, aka Jesse, was a writer, an ex-junkie, and… Read full post »
Today is John Lennon’s birthday. He would have been 68. I was completely inspired by Diane Martin’s story about meeting him, and thought we needed some official place to celebrate.
John was *always* my favorite Beatle, from the time we used to act out scene… Read full post »
Iris, Bloedel Reserve
Waterfall, Bloedel Reserve
Palenque in Shrouds, Chiapas
Puget Sound Sunset 1
Puget Sound Sunset 2
listening to the blue jays
fierce kitty (Sam)
handsome boy (he knows it)
thinking about it
thinking about it, too
attacking the string
Waaay back in the 90s in Seattle there was a great comedy show called Almost Live that aired on Saturday nights. One of the ongoing sketches - besides the Middle Management Suck-ups, the High-Fivin' White Guys, and Bill Nye the Science Guy - was a segment called The Lame List (or,… Read full post »
Last week I went to a conference at Sleeping Lady, a resort in the Cascades about 3 hours northeast of Seattle. It is nestled in Icicle Canyon, and takes its name from the mountain behind it.
Icicle Creek and Sleeping Lady
Sleeping Lady and Clouds … Read full post »