JULY 19, 2014 9:50PM

Reanimating Open Salon

I’ve been writing stories since I was nine years old, but I became a writer at Open Salon. The support and input from other writers and the encouragement of Editor’s Picks from staff have given me the confidence I needed to develop a writer’s voice. For the gifts Open Salon has… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2014 2:57PM

Resurrection of Mt. St. Helens

I was five years old and my father found me in the house and told me to come outside. In the field next to our yard, there was a view of a pretty little mountain in the Cascade Range called Mt. St. Helens. My father pointed to her and said, “You… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2014 3:16PM

Swept Away and Reclaimed

The Ice Age was abating, and changes were coming, especially for what would be the Columbia River Gorge. A shattering of ice upstream caused great Missoula floods, dozens of them, to flow down the river, eroding soil and depositing it out to sea. Once it was thought a large single event… Read full post »

APRIL 12, 2014 2:23AM

For Joan

Grandma Joan 

Grandma Joan would have been 98 years old today, if she had lived past 82, of course. Her sister, Auntie Pug, lived to be 99- but perhaps she didn’t have as much fun as Grandma Joan. Anyway, it’s been over fifteen years since Joan’s passing, and I… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2014 11:46PM

Gift List for My 39th Birthday

Every year before my birthday, I have a sense of unwinding and fatigue. Another year of work, play, growing and challenges is inevitably wrapping up, and I take quite a bit of time to reflect on it.

This year I will be 39. It’s… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2014 10:13PM

Reliable Rainbows

Nearly six years ago, my family moved into this new neighborhood, in the suburbs of the suburbs. It’s a modest place and my house is kinda tiny, but it suits me, and I like it. The reason why: reliable rainbows.

Face east in my yard and look… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2014 12:25PM

Crazy Cat Lady in Training

cats and snow  The Boys, 2014

My partner posted something to my FB page a while back- it was a photo of a kitten in a large envelope with "Crazy Cat Lady in Training" underneath. It cracked me up. Since adopting these two kittens, Finn and Fergus, I have become a little… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2014 3:11PM

Kiss of Death Month: January

In the deep cold and decay of January, it’s easier to slip into those reflective moments when we understand our finite nature. This week I drove up north to visit one of my favorite relatives who is elderly and recently had medical issues. Though she is still kicking, the visit couldn’t… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2014 7:52PM

Margie's Piano Brings Light

 

Piano

 

This piano has been tapped by the fingers of four generations of my Grandmother Margie’s family, it’s been told. What I heard is it first belonged to her aunt, then her, and then her children learned to play on it, and then a few grandkids, and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2013 12:41AM

Hear the Angel Voices

It was the night of the Winter Program for my older son’s vocal group earlier this week. He is blessed to attend an arts school, and so this choir he is in is far above average. His teacher is easily a college level instructor who has found her bliss educating theRead full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 10:07PM

Thankful for Big Souls

I was driving back from a community outreach meeting with my new partner when a topic concerning other people got a bit heated on my end. He looked over to me and said, “You sound a little righteous.” Indeed, I was, and I owned it. Being sanctimonious is an undesirable side… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2013 1:35PM

Messing up the recipe- starting again

Yesterday I did something I try never to do- I biffed it on a baking recipe. Not until I tasted it before heading off to a potluck did I realize I had missed an important ingredient in my cheesecake, making the rest of the ingredients intolerable together; I forgot… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 11:01PM

Life of the After-Party

I don’t know how it came up, but my sis and I were discussing our children’s early days and the hugeness of giving birth to babies and raising them. We were sort of in wonder, looking back from where we are now, that we could do that. Enormousness of… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2013 8:48PM

GOP: Karma Police are on the scene

As the government shut down reaches its two week mark, the country heaves a hopeless sigh, even as a compromise deal gets hashed out in the Senate. Will the House pass a reasonable law? Will all the talk matter when the Tea Party gets their hands on the legislation, or will… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2013 11:46PM

Why Do We Love Ghost Stories?

Saturday, I was reminded of my love of ghost stories when my kids and I met friends at the local historical museum for a ghost tour. Though the guide is a knowledgeable local historian, he kept to the topics of accidental deaths and suicides related to buildings we walked past. Fascinating… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2013 11:31AM

Unconditional Love Needed Now

Recently, I went to the memorial service of one of the most wonderful and generous local leaders in my community. Rob Figley was a professional Santa, a political leader, and he officiated over a thousand weddings. The first gay wedding in our county was performed by him last December.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 5:07PM

Thelma and Louise revisited

Twenty- two years ago, I first saw the ultimate road trip flick. Thelma and Louise hit the big screen to controversy and critical acclaim, and I could hardly wait to see it. Standing in line at a second run theater with my mom and sister, I was on the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 8:14PM

Wonder Women Friends

Last weekend, I found myself sipping a cup of coffee on the front deck of a log cabin with a friend, watching water from the White Salmon River rush parallel to our conversation. This lady I’ve known for twelve years. She had a toddler and I had an infant… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 10:09PM

Endnotes on a Divorce

The other night, after returning home from his dad’s place, my younger son was having a difficult time falling asleep. Coming into my room, he told me he was having a hard time because he missed our old cat, Pumpkin, who took off a year ago to live with an elderly… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 11:17AM

Neighborhood bread and a naughty cat

My family moved into this house five years ago, when my youngest son was a toddler in overalls, pointing a finger gun at anyone who walked past him. This house is custom, though modestly so. Basically, a builder had some small lots, and so he subdivided them into non-attached… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2013 11:13AM

Welcome Middle Age, Welcome

In two weeks, my twenty year high school reunion is planned at some hotel on Airport Way. Of course, I’m going- already paid for a ticket. For months, I’ve been trying to convince a classmate or two I'm still close with to attend with me, but so far no takers. Shying… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2013 1:40PM

Break Open the Sky

 This post is part of my Director's Blog at www.northbankartistsgallery.com. This is a nod to my community, and a look into the work we do at my gallery:

The sky is a blue/gray dome in this part of the world- reflecting back to us our expectations. What I have learned… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2013 12:54PM

Take the Dimholt Road

In Return of the King in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the apex of the plotline for me is when Lord Aragorn takes the Dimholt Road into the mountains, to pass through the Dark Door and face the Dead. It’s a gorgeously simple metaphor for the healing path-… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2013 10:30AM

"The Perfect Light" is Kindled

The Perfect Light is my first novel, its chapters collected like seashells along the shore over many years. Starting with a short about my grandmother’s flower garden, the thing grew and grew, with vignettes and more shorts stored in the hard drives of a few computers. Finally, following my div… Read full post »

The hardest part of being a mother is feeling pieces of my heart are out there, free in the world, roaming without my control. This is how it feels when my kids are out of my reach. Pre-school was the first taste of this feeling, and then kindergarten, then… Read full post »