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March 30, 2020

Last month I went off to Mexico for a late winter break from the rain and gloom of Oregon. February had been very busy and I had not even begun to plan how I was going to respond to our "Neighborhood" challenge, but tucked it into the back of my mind and knew I'd be re...

February 6, 2020

When I saw that our new prompt was "neighborhood" the first thing I thought of was the neighborhood where I grew up in Idaho, USA. It was truly the epitome of the 1950s television sitcom neighborhood, except that the houses were smaller, post-war bungalows that all loo...

January 31, 2020

 Aspen trees grow throughout the US West, usually at altitudes of 5000 feet or more. I grew up among the aspens that grew all around our family cabin near the Idaho/Wyoming border.They always seemed special to me for their distinctive, beautiful form and color and for...

December 1, 2019

 Her name is Graciela, a beautiful name, but everyone calls her Chela. When my daughter married her son she became my "consuegra" and I became hers. It is lovely that the Spanish language has a word for our relationship. It is beautiful that our families -- hers in Ecu...

October 29, 2019

In 1993 we moved to Portland, Oregon. I left behind my business, my friends, all my connections. In Portland it was dark, it was raining constantly and I got very sick--complications from a ruptured appendix. It was a very low point and aside from my immediate family,...

September 30, 2019

 When we look at a reflection we are seeing, not a replica, but a mirror image.

In our lives, in our families, in our communities we live with the up and the down, the dark and the light, joy and sorrow, loss and gain. I see those opposites as reflections of one anothe...

July 29, 2019

 Over my lifetime I have embraced many identities--only child, big sister, student, artist, teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, friend. As I said before, identity is fluid, ever changing and each of us is, perhaps, the person least able to describe ourselves. It has al...

June 1, 2019

 I have always supposed that some folks are just born with confidence and some of us have to earn it. Maybe we all do.I still don't know, because most of us have learned to put on the mask of confidence when we are feeling unsure of ourselves.

Walk into a party of peop...

May 1, 2019

I have to confess—I haven’t started on my “mask” piece. I haven’t even thought about it much. I’ve been distracted. I’ve been in Italy on vacation and, oh yes, it was wonderful and filled with good food and marvelous art and architecture and wine and sunshine and piazz...

March 29, 2019

 Disunity. There's something to ponder! When the theme was announced my internal response went directly to the current state of things here in the U.S. Our president, his policies, his actions and words and the resulting changes in our lives has me in constant horror,...

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