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Neuroplasticity

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

Hello, Stranger

Two and a half weeks is long enough for everything to go strange. When I returned home last night, our …

Adaptation

With regard to weathering change, I’ve received more advice in the past few weeks than ever before. Major life shifts …

A Room of One’s Own

While it’s been many years since I’ve shared the cost of rent with someone, this isn’t to say that I …

Weights & Measures

Him:  We have to ask ourselves at a certain point in life if the goal isn’t how far we can …

What a Mother

Within the pantheon of idyllic perfection looms a lofty figure, one who overshadows beloved English professors, high school football coaches …

Swimmingly

It’s taken me twelve years in Seattle to swim in an indoor pool. Or, more accurately, it has taken me …

Little Things

Never write to settle scores. This, of course, is a great temptation for writers abused in some way. Rather than …

Embodiment: You Are Here

You know those large, illuminated maps in shopping malls, the ones bearing a big red dot with the words, YOU …

AWP14

Those who didn’t venture near the Washington State Convention Center in the last four days are likely unaware that over …

Rules

Must the Gun Always Fire? (And Other Rules of Writing) was the theme of Friday night’s Hugo House Literary Series …

Risk

Picture this: TSA agents staring slack-jawed at monitors, screening for dangerous weapons like guns and suntan lotion in bottles larger …

Vacancy

Today, my friend Kim leaves Seattle to return home to Ohio. It felt important to talk on the phone one …

Girls

For only children, friends are everything. When I was young, I wasn’t able to articulate this –I didn’t necessarily call …

Fairy Tales

Encouragement Once upon a time, a young woman named Gabriela asked advice from her wise friend, Bonnie. It came at …

Slapstick

Despite my wacky and ribald personality, my go-to style of writing often lists into the maudlin and the serious. I …

On Pause

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Maggie Kaplan, founder of Invoking the Pause, the environmental small grants program that …

Sabrack’s Rules to Live By

This spring has become an informal lesson on the craft of writing, thanks to several books including Bird by Bird …

The Power of Three

It was nearly a year ago that I first visited Boston. Last week’s events had me rereading my Boston essays, …