travel

Doldrums & Distractions

Hello there. It’s been a while. I’ve been on the road quite a bit. Pullman, Port Townsend, Tucson, San Francisco, …

Space and Inspiration

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

Hello, Stranger

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

Five

When I was seven or eight, my parents bought me a Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia that spanned the top shelf …

Otherhood

Warning: this week’s blog post, a comedic romp into the realm of the sadly under-utilized gluteous maximus muscle, is now …

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 …

Yo no hablo español…todovía

Hello everyone. It’s been a while. Despite what you haven’t seen, this summer was productive for writing — I wish …

Fairy Tales

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

Ordinary Exceptions

Mark Broadhead so accurately encapsulates my own struggles since returning from Italy that I’d swear he was looking inside my …

Bird’s Eye View

Last night, with my forehead pressed down onto a foam block, my knees tucked tight against the backs of my …

Civita Stands / Civita è

While rules and directions tend to be vague in Italian culture, Americans prefer handbooks, product manuals, and time tables. We …