Planet Earth is Blue A Near-perfect Middle Grade Novel I picked up Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos because the cover reminded me of A Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, which was a fantastic book. These novels have much in common; excellent writing, differently abled protagonists (Iris in Whale is deaf,… Continue reading
Yesterday, I attended a parent’s open house at a local elementary school. The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) gave a free new book to every student who attended. I asked the parent manning the book table where the books came from. He told me they earned some through their Scholastic sales and others were purchased with… Continue reading Book Ownership: It Makes a Difference
I am NOT a romance writer but a few months ago this story came to me. The one magazine I subbed it to did not pick it up, so I'm sharing it with you on a lark. Enjoy! "RESCUED HEART" Eve strode along the rocky path. Engrossed in her thoughts, she barely noticed the… Continue reading A Little Romance
I came across this essay in the 2019 issue of The Salal Review http://www.salalreview.com/volume-19.htm. The Salal Review is the literary and arts journal of Lower Columbia Community College in Longview, WA. The essay spoke to me and I feel it might speak to others as well. Hello, my name is Fat, and I'm rachel.… Continue reading Losing Rachel
In May, my daughter and I spent a day in downtown Portland, OR, testing out the light rail system and seeing what we could see on foot and via public transportation. My article about this day, with photos, is in the latest issue of the Columbia River Reader. You can read the article and the… Continue reading Portland Day-tripping
Last night while walking to the camp restroom, I looked up. Guess what I saw. Yes, stars. More stars than I’ve ever seen before. The longer I looked up, the more stars became visible to me. It was as if there were shy ones, waiting to see if I’d pay attention long enough to make… Continue reading A Starry Night
After losing our 10-month-old pug last week, this story particularly speaks to me.
I’ve heard Kevan Atteberry read. He is a sweet man and a talented artist.
GHOST CAT all began because, well, I have a ghost cat in my house. I never really see it—just darts and blurs out of my peripheral vision. There may be any number of logical explanations for this phenomena but I’m going with the ghost cat explanation.
We had a cat, a black cat, that showed up at our house years and years ago. It just appeared on our porch for several days in a row and eventually my wife, Teri, stated feeding it. I warned her if she fed it it would stick around. And she did, and it did. It came to us as an outdoor cat but eventually became an indoor/outdoor cat. If it had other places to be he was free to go there. He didn’t, preferring to live with us. And he did for about a dozen years. One day I hadn’t seen…
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