Art

Blood Oranges and Slow Miracles in Poetry

December 6, 2016

On December 1st, Blood Orange Review, an online literary journal at Washington State University, announced its newest edition, volume 8.2, was now live. That edition includes a poem of mine called “As If We Were Solid and Did Not Go On Forever.” This poem is about an experience I had over 20 years ago that […]

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Close Calls

November 15, 2016

Is a wave still a wave after it throws itself onto the shore, and then recedes, flattened, back into the surf? The water is but a few inches deep, and on this particular day, filled with foam. It’s early November, almost noon. We are walking on a state beach at low tide. The sun has […]

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Two Sunsets and a Moonrise

September 21, 2016

A few years back when I still lived on the Palouse, Romeo and I were taking a walk on the trail at the edge of the University of Idaho. It was the time when my chapbook If A Sparrow had been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Open Poetry Chapbook Competition at Finishing Line […]

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A Watched Pot (And A Shout Out To Straight Up Food)

August 4, 2016

  It was a hot and muggy day in northeast Portland. There was no way I could prepare our sweet potatoes the way I thought I like them best–roasted or baked in the oven. But Romeo and I needed some sweet potatoes, so I fell back on my blogger friend Cathy Fisher’s simple tried and […]

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On The Street

January 16, 2016

In the short time I’ve lived in my neighborhood, it’s given me a lot of vivid lessons, both in its history, and in the now of its very sharp contrasts. Earlier in the year I expressed some preliminary insights into the experiences I was having in a couple of previous posts. Here are a few […]

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A Different Kind of “Before” and “After”

November 3, 2015

  Recently a group I’m connected to on Facebook posted a mad flurry of “before” and “after” photos of folks successfully eating the low fat plant-based way. All of these involved weight loss, lots of them very dramatic. What’s going on?  I wondered to myself Where is all the food?–since that’s often my favorite part […]

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On The Wild Side

October 23, 2015

Do you ever know something before you know it? Sometimes I find out that I know something I’ve never experienced before. I don’t realize this is so until I “learn” what it is–ostensibly for the “first” time. My first few months in Portland have been surprising in the sense that although I have  moved to […]

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It Takes a Vegan Village: Red Lentil Fusion Stew–with Gluten-Free Injera

September 18, 2015

Lately I’ve been very engaged in the living of new stories, and not so much in writing them down. Sometimes they have to be lived for a while to know what to say about them. When I’m not drawing, sometimes I read over “old stories” I’ve posted here on the blog. So while I’m slowly […]

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The Slow Miracle of My Yoga Practice: Feeling The Whole in a Part

May 24, 2015

I was introduced to the well-known Hindu fable The Blind Men and the Elephant at a very early age. At 3, my mother read me the 19th century version byJohn Godfrey Saxe from the pages of the Childcraft volume, Storytelling and Other Poems. This volume was part of a set my parents must have purchased when […]

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Fig and Twig Tea Oatmeal (and Seeing the Porcupine)

December 13, 2014

  Sometimes it’s hard to recognize that something simple, even humble, can be a marker of profound healing. Now that I live farther “out” from downtown, the walk in and back is probably almost two miles. In the winter weather, Romeo and I suit up, and I usually wear my backpack, especially if we’re going […]

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