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

Sun rising on Emanuel AME

Emanuel African Methodist Church stands directly behind and across the parking lot from the hotel where my husband and I stayed in Charleston. On our first day, we drug ourselves down the sidewalk, tired and hungry from the cross country flight and peered into the front area where people had left flowers. We wondered why… Read more

Remember that old snarky saying? Take a picture–it will last longer? I’m not so sure about that. Last weekend, I stood at the bar looking across the banquet room, past the wedding party table full of delightful people I recently met and the table filled with people I have loved for decades. Beyond that, Commencement… Read more

Image of octopus writing and drawing

“My hand hurts looking at this!” said Mike Curato, author and illustrator of The Little Elliot series. Random House Art Director April Ward and he had just put an image on screen from a Portland area artist and I had to agree. The amount of detail in that artwork with trees, foxes, and geese was… Read more

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