Meaghan Austin Scholarship Winner

Meaghan Austin should be playing her clarinet solo today at a community concert to showcase her musical skills. Last February, she auditioned and won the Lovezolla 2020 Scholarship Award. She won’t play for a live audience. The Puyallup Valley Community Band stopped rehearsals for that concert on March 10–the same day a Skagit Valley choir… Read more

Portrait of a Lady by Klimt

Some days I think I’m getting used to this shelter-in-place thing. Humans are good at adjusting to things and most of the time I’m grateful for that. But today I went to the grocery store and things there are not normal. I’m not used to people wearing masks or red blocks on the floor to… Read more

Greenland

The prompt for the #covidartchallenge I’m doing is Greenland. As of yesterday, even in that far away sparsely populated place they had 9 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. While I drew and painted that remote location, I listened to a TED talk on the current pandemic. Sitting alone in the wee hours of the… Read more

National Poetry Month Poster

I told myself I’d post every day this week for spring break. Today, I’ve got nothing to say but will make something up anyway. Watch this. Here’s the writing plan for April and the long weeks at home in the early morning hours before I switch to my day job computer and teach online. April… Read more

Today I decided to write about what now feels like long ago when I could go to a conference in a gathering of more than 50 people to learn about what I don’t know and connect with people from across the region. I stared at the calendar while writing this and it’s really only been… Read more

hank the octopus grabbing COVID-19

This week is my spring break. Yesterday, the governor of Washington ordered us to shelter in place, meaning that I’ll only be walking my neighborhood instead of exploring the Franklin Coal Mines in Blackdiamond or going to the Billy Frank Nature Preserve or any other day hike I thought I might do. I’m fortunate to… Read more

Storystorm Restart

Topics: Writing
Storystorm 2020 logo

This year the blog has languished. The submissions have sputtered out. I have a variety of excellent reasons that are so painful I don’t want to get into them. Some of them happened to me like life does. More of them came from inside like the no-good-who-do-you-think-you-are goblins who growl inside all of us. In… Read more

Photo of Kaitlynn Adkins

“That first breath,” says Kaity Adkins, “isn’t for the audience. It’s for you and for the people you are connecting with in the band.”   She would know how best to begin a concert.   Currently attending Rogers High School, Adkins plays five instruments in four different bands and recently won the Puyallup Valley Community Band Scholarship.   She started practicing… Read more

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