What an 18-Year-Old Can Teach a 45-Year-Old

Dear Readers- I'm going to try too much in this post. I'm going to tell you of youth and beauty, of talent and hard work, and of a failed audition. I'm going to tell you of the Russian, of the day my dad died, the day another dad hugged his daughter, and why teachers matter. It's… READ MORE >>

A Clarinetist and Her Dad

"Band Director Conducts Daughter in Solo Scholarship Performance" Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Rink has a secret to her clarinet success. “It’s like living with a human metronome.” Rink said, referring to her father and the clicking timekeepers musicians use to keep rhythm. Bob Rink often passes by her door as she practices at home, telling her if… READ MORE >>

  It's been a hard week or two full of things I can tell my family and friends but not the world in a blog post. I tell you this not to be obnoxious but to find some balance between what we post on Facebook or in a blog with what our lives are really… READ MORE >>

I have a beautiful distant relative--my mother's cousin's wife. Irene is originally from Germany, tall, and with a presence I love to be around. She has the barest of accents and I only remember English is her other language because her words are so crisp and clean. She is the kind of relative who brings an air of… READ MORE >>

Story Wonders: What You Can Learn from Rummage | visit karriezylstramyton.com

I've learned priceless lessons from the transformation of a worship space into a gigantic place for trash that becomes treasures. Resist the ridiculous.We all have mountains of things like odd plastic mittens and pots that might be warmers but are not. The next time I see full price boot mitts for my Halloween costume, I will picture the teetering pile… READ MORE >>

Many years before crows feet landed under my eyes, I read a book about forgiveness. I had long thought that forgiveness meant you just sucked it up, whatever someone did to you and then tried to move on. Over time, this became unsustainable. I could not keep walking away, biting my tongue, or taking the… READ MORE >>

Story Wonders: A Story Blogging Excuse | Karrie Zylstra Myton karriezylstramyton.com

Below you will find what I posted on my Facebook page about the crazy writing time I had yesterday. This is my excuse for not blogging on my usual day. I have ideas for next week brewing but that's about it. Had the story ready in November. Contest date was all the way in March. I'll… READ MORE >>

Story Wonders Tacoma's Japantown | Read more from Karrie Zylstra Myton at karriezylstramyton.com

"I'm not from Tacoma and didn't know there was a Japantown here until recently," said writer and guide Tamiko Nimura.  I wasn't surprised. I've lived in and around Tacoma for the majority of my 40 plus years. I was born at Tacoma General. I even go to a church connected to Whitney Memorial, the one-time Japanese Methodist Episcopal… READ MORE >>