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I’ve decided to practice what I teach (<–nope, not a typo). When I teach writing, I harp endlessly on the need to write often, to keep the muscle memory of writing flexed and supple. It’s like playing an instrument, I say, or practicing a sport. That’s why at the beginning of each class I provideContinue reading “Gathering Rosebuds”
So I was standing outside a groovy record shop in the college city of Eugene, OR one day last week. I was waiting for my husband, who could have happily been in the store for hours, but I was outside (because small store, Covid, etc.), scrolling through Twitter. A youngish (teen? 20 something?) couple walked by.Continue reading “This Old Grey Goose is Kind of a Bitch”
I’ve been thinking a lot about trying: trying times, trying new things, trials and tribulations. And last week, trial by fire as the devastating Almeda fire burned just 25 miles from my home. As I went for my walk today (freshly reminded of how rare and wonderful a smoke-free sky can be), I tried toContinue reading “On Trying”
I don’t have cancer. I have had cancer. I maybe will have cancer, and I maybe will have had cancer. In the end, I may die of cancer. Even if I don’t, I’ll still be what they call a cancer survivor. I guess when I was diagnosed about a year ago (the day before myContinue reading “My breasts tried to kill me.”
I want to share some memories about one of the coolest nights of my life, when I met and shared a meal with one of my heroes, Ursula K. Le Guin. I’m not even going to try to be clever in this post (I usually try too hard at that anyway). I’m surprised by howContinue reading “I hope Ursula K. Le Guin’s paradise is a kind of library”
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I’m a writer, teacher, library advocate, and breast cancer survivor. I live in Southern Oregon, where the mountains are tall, the lakes crystal clear, and the beer hoppy. I’m currently working on a novel set in 17th-century England that involves witches, alchemy, and a wicked-smart crow.