2020

I thought at first I would write of our school experience this fall and why we made huge changes we never before considered with our fourth grader. It turns out that I don’t want to write about how painful it’s been. I only want to write to you about what I’ve discovered about my kid… Read more

Election Week Plan

  A friend told me that Harry Truman went to bed the night of his 1948 election with his usual glass of buttermilk. I checked and found this true.  I am hoping to do the same or something similar next Tuesday, November 3rd. Though I am not running for any office whatsoever, I am nervous… Read more

Last weekend we were hiding from the rain in a small Westport shop. My husband was standing at the book display chuckling behind his mask. “Quinton would like this,” he said. I bought it because the husband liked it and because in the first few lines I could tell the language and art lived up… Read more

The So Not Dumb Guys

After staring at my steel-toed boots on the scale, the tall nurse asked me what I do. (I did not have the energy to remove them and decided just not to look at what that darned number is with the steel included.) “I am an academic instructor who works in a welding program,” I said… Read more

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

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

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

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

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