Sometimes I just vant to be alone.
Some years ago when I read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, the incredible first novel by Dave Eggers, I was electrified by his lucid writing and awed by his ability to find humor in a true story of loss and struggle.
Since then, I’ve read some […]
Is it hot in here, or is it just me?
I am part of the problem.
I drive a car. I fly across country in fuel guzzling jets. And even though I make an effort to recycle faithfully, I am part of the dominant throwaway culture.
When the world succumbs to runaway mutant viruses […]
In autumn sunlight gilds the birches at the edge of Green Lake in Seattle.
Far from the maddening mud fight of politics, the world of gardening spins steadily along. Days shorten, temperatures drop, and leaves skitter across the lawn.
Gardeners are immune to the vagaries of political power struggles. Regimes and movements come and […]
The hopeful sign will fade and fall off; the journey goes on.
I broke up with Romance a few years ago.
I fired off a bitter post and threw out my romance writer magazines. I put away my childish dreams, having decided it was well past time for me to grow up. After all, […]
I don’t usually look to the best seller list for reading material. But recently a Seattle friend sent us a copy of “The Boys In The Boat,” and it ran away with my heart.
This remarkable account of the true story of the University of Washington crew team who rowed their way into history as […]
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., includes telling quotes from his momentous twelve years in office.
I don’t know who I am anymore.
I used to be this fiction person. Never willingly read anything else. But something’s come over me in the last year or so. Call it reality, at long last […]
Baseball has its own history. Walter Johnson led Washington baseball to the world championship in 1924.
There is history, and there’s History.
Lower case history tends to be personal. It happens to all of us as we go through our little lives. Upper case History more often involves the rise and fall of nations, […]
My Dad, who would have been 91 tomorrow, was a lifelong cat lover, but he had room in his heart for dogs. This is Laddy, our collie who made life interesting in our tiny house until he bit the mailman and had to move to a farm where there was more room for him […]
A glass of wine, a book of verse, and thou beneath the palm trees. What could be better?
As a young nerd I was never the sort of child who had to be encouraged to read.
My parents were more concerned that I spent altogether too much time with my nose in a book […]
There’ll always be an England in one small corner of Georgetown.
Every fandom has its debates.
Gryffindor vs Slytherin. Edward vs Jacob. Angel vs Spike.
Fans of Jane Austen tend to be a civil bunch, disinclined to wage the sort of rough and tumble debate that thrives on the internet. Although, much as I […]