I was prepared to blog about the new J.K. Gill Building arising in downtown Portland. Yet, different thoughts bubbled up, insisting me to hold off on that one for now. Our community has been shattered this past week. Outraged and angry as we learn details about horrible incidents that lay hidden, until now. We should … Continue reading Practice loving kindness
Thank you my dear friends and supporters who joined me during my virtual launch this morning. If you missed it and want to catch up with all 14 or so minutes, you can watch it on my Author Facebook Page, or as embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVaitvHglzM&t=10s If you're ready to learn more about THEN, NOW, and … Continue reading Then, Now, and In-Between is launched!
Releasing February 14, 2020 e-book only As promised, I am delighted to announce the release of my "blog to book" on Oregon's 161st February 14, 2020 birthday. About my new work: Then, Now and In-Between is a compendium of essays and prose, many that first appeared on the author's blog, Musings About Life in Oregon. This … Continue reading Releasing…
Last week I received a picture in the mail, sent by a cousin. It was of Mom thirty years ago, vibrant in life at an age just two years younger than I am now. She was beautiful, strong - and I could tell - had an agenda ahead of her. I realized as I held … Continue reading Defining how we show up
And now, for a light-hearted break. I love to read in the bathtub. In fact, it's probably my favorite spot to read. Maybe it's the warmth, or perhaps the lack of interferences and distractions. I suspect most people, if they happen to find time to sink in the suds for more than five minutes, instead … Continue reading Tips for reading in the bath (or how to avoid fines and electrocution)
I’ve been thinking a lot about siblings, unconditional love and legacy. When my dad died, now over 5 years ago, it didn’t take long for me to realize I was now part of two new clubs, whether I wanted to join or not. The first was that of children, young and old, who had lost … Continue reading Siblings: when the going gets tough
Perhaps more than any other year for me, the opening of 2020 feels a bit surreal. Part of it emits a hint of sci-fi, a genre I have sometimes found frightening. That all being said, and ignoring all things environmental and political for the immediate moment, it felt appropriate today to share a few upcoming … Continue reading 2020…really?
Winter solstice sends ripples of quietness, this year accompanying dripping fir boughs and foggy skies. Early evenings remain perfect for reading, remembering those from our past and meditating on the future. This year there is something else. My still-feeling-new e-bike whispers to me from the corner of my garage, no longer plugged in nightly. I … Continue reading Ditching the cross bar
“Pond Monkeys, 1889” - digital image purchased from Old Oregon. No, in this moment I’m not writing about politics or discrimination. I am blogging about something that is related to my work, which I rarely do on this personal writing platform, except when I feel compelled to use this blog as a way to share … Continue reading Things that are tough to talk about
He still shows up everywhere. And yet, it was only today when it dawned on me: although I write about Dr. John McLoughlin in my memoir, I have yet to blog about him. After crafting over 150 blogs during the past 3 years, that is a bit surprising. Especially when, without a doubt, my favorite … Continue reading The Chief Factor returns