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Warning: This post has reptiles. If slithering snakes give you the heebie jeebies, you may want to skip this one.  For my birthday this year, I went to see the Reptile Zoo in Monroe, WA. From this trip with my husband and six-year-old, I managed to squeeze a poem. I suppose I should start by… READ MORE >>

On Sunday, I drove across the Cascade Mountains to sunny Yakima for a three day teaching conference. In this city my grandparents once called home, I let the sun melt away my everyday stresses and felt my curiosity perk up. While strolling the neighborhood, I discovered churches with large blocks of  dark stone rising above the city… READ MORE >>

Pics and Poem for the New Year

The blog revise is still in progress (maybe I'll make it in time for the Lunar New Year). In the meantime, I'm feeling brave on this first day of the year, so here are a few of my favorite Instagram moments from the past month along with a poem I worked with just because the cats needed… READ MORE >>

Not too long after I started working with the Ukrainian welders, I began a class with Vietnamese studying Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). This class was much smaller - about 5 instead of 25 -and much quieter. Many of them had come to the U.S. when the war ended in 1975 and wanted me… READ MORE >>

"Look!" I said when my contributor's copies of the Alive Now Creativity issue landed in my mailbox. "I'm in the same book as Madeleine L'Engle!" My husband looked at me and said, "Who's that?" A few hours later my son said, "Uh, I don't know what that is, but I'm guessing it's a famous author."… READ MORE >>