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posted on: Aug 15 2014

Leaving Yourself Behind – A Writer’s Story

      Lake Cayuga, Ithaca, New York     It’s been said that if you’re related to a writer, you’ll see yourself on her pages sooner or later.  The idea of being not only depicted, but laid bare for strangers to consume in a spirit of pity, mirth, or...

posted on: Aug 11 2014

When The Line Becomes A Circle – A Writer’s Story

In my new novel, What Is Found, What Is Lost, one of the main protagonists (there are four) reflects that “time was a loop, from now to then and back again.”  Freddie, who changed her name at age twenty-one, and moved Heaven and earth to...

posted on: Aug 07 2014

What Is Found, What Is Lost – Chapter One

Buy here (Read Chapter 2 here, Chapter 3 here)     Chapter One 2012 In a quiet Sioux Falls neighborhood, a widow walked her Boston terrier along a shady street.  The dog moved slowly and without much purpose, as if he, too, were grieving.  The woman, Freddie, considered the loss of...

posted on: Jul 20 2014

William The Poet

Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, and each seems to have a farmers market.  While we don't live in Ballard (we're on Queen Anne), we do a lot there - work out at the gym, dine, shop, marvel at how much that particular quarter has...

posted on: Jul 16 2014

Author Interview: Clifford Garstang

    Today I'm chatting with Cliff Garstang, author of In An Uncharted Country (Press 53, 2010) and What The Zhang Boys Know (Press 53, 2012).  As you'll read, Cliff is both very interesting and highly accomplished.  He and I have crossed paths a few times in the last...

posted on: Jul 07 2014

Book Review: LAMENTATION by Joe Clifford

  Available this October from Oceanview Publishing Pre-order here:   Lamentation, Joe Clifford’s riveting new novel, is a page-turner in the classic sense. You can’t put it down. You need to know what comes next. At the heart of this particular bundle of darkness is an ordinary guy, Jay Porter,...

posted on: Jul 02 2014

Guest Post – Attorney John R Christiansen Analyses the Hobby Lobby Decision

  If You Don’t Profess a Mainstream Religion, Hobby Lobby Just Made You a Second-Class Citizen The most important thing about the Hobby Lobby ruling wasn’t that it allowed the owners of a closely held corporations to opt out of including contraceptives in the health benefits available...

posted on: Jun 13 2014

Dear Women: Velma Wiley

    Before she was my landlady, Velma Wiley was my co-worker.  We were housekeepers in a retirement home.  I was nineteen.  Velma was in her sixties.  Although there were six of us on staff, I was usually paired with her, because the steady stream of chatter...

posted on: May 25 2014

Author Interview: Lawrence Parlier

    Today I chat with writer, poet, and musician Lawrence Parlier.  Parlier's debut novel, Sierra Court Blues, was published in 2013 by Hawkins Publishing Group. What fuels your writing?  And what, if anything, slows it down? I think curiosity is what drives me. I am infinitely curious about...

posted on: May 16 2014

THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, by Claire Messud

  Poor, poor Nora Etheridge, that woman upstairs.  You know the one, pleasant, genteel, a good neighbor, always helpful, never demanding, forever single and trapped in a career – teaching art to third graders – that is far below her true talents.  Does she complain?  Never! ...