2017

  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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

"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 >>

The last time I went to Equity Day in Olympia, or something like it, I was single, about 25, and ended up getting interviewed on some news channel before the whole world started watching social media. Here's how different it was this past President's Day: My friend Billie Jo has 3 children, 6 and under… READ MORE >>

I never meant to disappoint Mr. Zorro. Seriously, who could want to disappoint a teacher with a name like that? He wasn't as swashbuckling as the guy in black, but I liked Mr. Zorro. I agreed to do the solo contest under his guidance in college like I had done so many others before that--just… READ MORE >>