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Strength Versus Strain

I recently read (and recommend) “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine” by Alan Lightman, a theoretical astrophysicist. His book …

Space and Inspiration

This week, I’ve been in Denver for a preview of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art designed by …

The Next Tree Line

One of the owners of the architecture firm where I work recently explained how he approaches design in a way …

Podcast

This week, Jack Straw published a podcast interview conversation between me and University of Washington professor and novelist Shawn Wong, who curated the …

Transiting

On this day five years ago, I was preparing to return to Seattle from a two-month residency in Italy. It …

Neuroplasticity

I’ve been thinking lately that our minds are the greatest trick we pull on ourselves. Isn’t it amazing that we …

Active Voice

In the past 35 days, I’ve done something that I’ve never done before—twice, actually. At the end of March I …

What Is She Doing?

The title question is perhaps best answered when accompanied by another: “Are writers really introverts — or do we seek …

Vision

As a dying hurricane flings gusty winds at Seattle, and with them, tree limbs, power lines and a pantheon of …

Infrastructure

When was the last time you flushed a toilet and wondered where the contents went? We don’t give much thought …