Sometimes I get so focused on my three books published by Bedazzled Ink that I forget about the other one lurking in cyberspace. As I visited my Goodreads Author Page the other night, something I do infrequently, I noticed a newish five star review for Then, Now and In-Between: Place, Memories and Loss in Oregon. … Continue reading A nudge toward Then, Now and In-Between
Marching ahead; glimpsing behind
Yes, sometimes it’s hard for me to temper my excitement to share news, like a new book release, with the concern that it may be too soon to share. Oh well. It is my book and my news, after all! The punchline is: I am thrilled to let supporters like you know that Bedazzled Ink … Continue reading Marching ahead; glimpsing behind
Nearly spring events!
This week's unusual Portland snowstorm coupled with frigid temperatures baffled some of us, though we have learned to expect our worst storms sometimes when our weather people haven't issued near apocalypse warnings. Resilient daffodil stems poke through snow drifts and remind us that spring will be on its way. Even if our worldwide climate changes … Continue reading Nearly spring events!
I’m in love
This week I became a grandmother. As excited as I was, I was unprepared for the emotion I felt when first seeing this daughter of ours skin to skin with her newly born baby. His body curved, knees to belly, as if to still fit his protective womb of nine months. I bawled in joy … Continue reading I’m in love
One of the most profound homework assignments I remember from high school was the one requiring me to write my own obituary. The class was called "Values and Conflicts" and I think the teacher created it from the book Values Clarification. I was a top student and loved learning: humanities, advanced composition, but also suffered … Continue reading About tomorrow
As I move into 2023, I recognize new space in my spirit. My in-person event the other night at White Rabbit Books reminded me how much interacting in welcoming and creative spaces fills me. Three profound changes in my life have further invited me to fill some crevices in my life with favorite and energizing … Continue reading Creating space
End of year ruminating
Yes, I am surprised that it is nearly 2023. So much has happened this year in our world, while at the same time so much has not. In my personal life, though? So much change. I celebrated my second Christmas without Mom and my eighth without Dad. As I share and listen with friends, more … Continue reading End of year ruminating
Story sorting, finally!
I began blogging in 2016, shortly after signing my contract with Bedazzled Ink Press for My Music Man. Since then I have posted more than 250 blogs. And while I have chosen key words and categories, I haven't exactly made it easy for readers to find specific content unless they faithfully check out each blog … Continue reading Story sorting, finally!
Speaking of life
Mom, pregnant me and Audrey at my baby shower in Seattle, 1990 Last weekend I attended a memorial service for my aunt and uncle. This aunt was one of Mom's six sisters: the one I teased about being my favorite before adding,"but don't tell anyone." She would launch her joyous laugh and more times than … Continue reading Speaking of life
Join us at Holiday Cheer
One of my favorite Portland buildings to enter is the Oregon History Museum. Early in my writing of My Music Man I began visiting its Research Library: requesting files full of articles and photos including stories about my ancestors. My favorite of those files is the one containing the original journal of my great great … Continue reading Join us at Holiday Cheer