giving back

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 >>

I've struggled with what to write this week. Much has happened. A double funeral with dear friends who lost a mother and a father in two days. The kindness of neighbors who could have hurt us but didn't. Neither of these are my stories to tell, though. So I won't. I did see something that… READ MORE >>

Last Sunday, I went to the closing ceremony of the Whitney Memorial United Methodist Church, a congregation of Japanese Americans who voted to shut their doors this spring. I sat in the back of Puyallup United Methodist Church in a different pew from where I sit most Sundays. Here I saw Shirley DeLarme and Ann Berney… READ MORE >>

Yes, I said three beginnings. The Glitter who first stole my heart refused to love our dog or even to acknowledge his right to coexist in our home. She hissed, spit and charged at him even when he was cowering three floors away from her kittens and quaking in his doggie boots. Yesterday, I scrunched down… READ MORE >>

(A short break from the Kitty Channel) I listen to the Rob Cast every week without fail and this past week gave me some way to pay back the deep joy I've gotten from his words. In his podcasts, Rob speaks of how to move from a false shallow happy light, to a place of crushing… READ MORE >>

The only thing slightly more syrupy than kitten stories has to be a story with kids and kittens. Brace yourself for syrup. This week Quinton started helping me to change the blanket in the kittens' basket by holding the tiny ones in his lap on a blanket. We had thought Glitter might want to roam a… READ MORE >>

My friend Lynn won with the most original way of saying it: "You are taking in a teenaged mom!" I am. Here is Glitter. I fell in love with this very young mama cat at a local animal shelter but couldn't take her home because she had just had kittens who needed to grow up before they could… READ MORE >>