Draw-journaling and the “m” word.

One of the biggest shifts that happened during the Travis Thing was that I found myself being extra aware. Extra attentive to the present. I was snowed under by DETAILS -- some mundane, some very grim indeed. And I was startled to find those two things, the grim and the mundane, so close together like that. [...]

Private battles

The other day I was at Lauralhurst park on my lunch hour, sketching for this picture -- one of two for my friend-who-died's daughter, so she'll be able to see what his fatherhood was like. These have been very satisfying pictures to work on, though of course they are intense to work on as well. Two [...]

Greetings from the trenches

We're six weeks into knowing about my friend with cancer, (see previous entry) and about five weeks into his 6-8 weeks prognosis. There isn't much to say about it. Most of the time, because I am not living with this friend nor am I that intimate with his family, life is normal -- transcendent and [...]

The courage of our hearts

On March 9th my husband's friend/boss was killed by a tree. About three weeks later, a woman I know -- a cleaning client -- died after a long, arduous battle with Parkinson's. I have written a LOT about that one, but haven't yet had the heart to post anything about it. So I was [...]

The Sparkling Salish Sea

I didn't want to talk about this until I could show you, and short of standing with you on the shore and demonstrating, this is the next best thing. Apparently the waters surrounding the San Juan islands (which we visited recently) are filled with noctiluca scintillans (also known as sea sparkle!) a microscopic organism. (Not a plankton itself for [...]

Explorations down the aural canal

THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THE EAR CANAL IN THE PAST 26 HOURS OR SO - You are apparently not supposed to clean them with Q-tips, not even a little bit, despite the fact that Q-tips look and feel expressly designed for that purpose. (What…are they for then? Can anybody tell me?) My mother did [...]

Magic at Sauvie Island

So in an impeccable act of anti-climax, our eagerly awaited expedition to Sauvie Island with the Oregon Mycological Society was cancelled at the last minute, owing to another expedition taking place the day before. In fact, when we called the Office of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to secure our REMOVAL OF VEGETATION [...]