Story Wonders: Equity Day with Kids | Read more from Karrie Zylstra Myton at karriezylstramyton.com

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 >>

Story Wonder: When that Thing You Hated Becomes Your Love | Read more from Karrie Zylstra Myton at karriezylstramyton.com

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 >>

Story Wonders: The First Snow Day | Read more from Karrie Zylstra Myton at karriezylstramyton.com

The white flakes started falling on Sunday, and my teen wondered if the powers might, for once, cancel school on Monday. I had been burned too many times by the forecasters to get my hopes up yet again, but Quinton and I went for a walk in the woods to be sure we didn't miss it… READ MORE >>

Story Wonders On Finding our Hearts in the Midst of Protest | Read more from Karrie Zylstra Myton at karriezylstramyton.com

I am deep in a new writing project so won't be writing much of my own today. I just have  few thoughts to share from others. A lot is happening in the world, as always. Things are happening in my country that anger and sadden me. Like the practice of standing up for myself and… READ MORE >>

STORY WONDERS: FINDING THE COURAGE TO MARCH AND WRITE

I didn't want to write about this because I am afraid. I am afraid that people I know and care about will think less of me because I went to the Women's March last Saturday. I'm afraid they'll be angry or disapprove. But every time I started to think about what to write this week… READ MORE >>

"Hi there!" the woman said, and I knew I remembered her. Or I knew I should remember her. My son and I stood staring at her at the YMCA near those tiny lockers with the punch codes. I peered a little more closely, hoping I could pull something from the back of my brain, and then I… READ MORE >>

STORY WONDERS: HOW TO (NOT) FIND A GRAVE

When I read about local history for my books, I sometimes find surprising information about people who once lived here and the places I now see everyday. Not long ago, I was reading Furusato by Ronald E. Magden, a book lent to me by my friend and pastor Karen Yokota Love. Magden writes engaging accounts of… READ MORE >>

STORY WONDERS: JAPANESE THREAD BALLS

For this new year, I will be sharing the wonders I find when writing my stories. Even when my own words fall short, I find joy in my discoveries about the world around me.  I am still shopping around for a new blog look, but, in the meantime, I wanted to get started with a… READ MORE >>