Noticing the Wonder

About five years after we moved to our home in Beaverton, Oregon, and then for maybe 5 years after that, the tree just across the street was a starling tree. Hundreds and hundreds of the local starlings would congregate in this tree every afternoon in the spring and fall…

Coming to Terms with Alzheimer’s

When a loved-one’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s syndrome is still brand new, it is easy to get buried deep in denial. If you catch yourself saying “When this gets better…,” this is proof that you are being incredibly unrealistic and setting yourself up for a bad time. It will not get better or go away: things will only get worse and you just aren’t preparing for it.

1-minute Photo Improvement

Lately I’ve had a few projects that were dependent on photos that other people sent me. It has become pretty typical when I request photos that people send stuff that is, well, not so great.  You don’t have to be a pro or have a fancy camera to take a photo that can be used in print or… Read More »

Tips for the Solo Traveler

I travel 7-9 times per year, with 3-4 of those trips being international, and with 5 of those trips being for business. I’m not saying I am the wise-woman of travel, but I have learned a thing or two about traveling solo, and I’ll try to share some of that here.

Why I Facebook

I have some friends and family who don’t use Facebook, including a few who tend to look down their noses at those who do. This has led me into conversations in which I end up defending it. Now, I’m not talking about Facebook as a source for news: therein lies danger. If you learn about something on Facebook,… Read More »

Yes, I am a Font Snob

I’m picky about fonts. My livelihood is all about the written word, so I get pretty focused on the use and presentation of the words and language I see around me. I’ve been recoiling in horror at the horrible use and misuse of fonts since the early days of the newest desktop publishing programs, when the ability to… Read More »

Oregon Lighthouses

I can’t say enough about how beautiful it is in the Pacific Northwest. From the amazing Mt. Hood glacier and the Mt. St. Helens volcano, to the most ruggedly beautiful coastline in the USA — an outdoor enthusiast (or anyone with a camera) could live a lifetime here and not see it all. One way to see a… Read More »

Visiting Portland

Portland is a great town — a big city with a small-town feel and a lot to do. It’s not too difficult to figure out where things are: It’s divided east/west by the Willamette River (rhymes with damnit), and north/south by Burnside Road. “Downtown” is on the west side, and in NW Portland, the streets are in alphabetic order… Read More »

Visiting the Long Beach Peninsula

The long Beach Peninsula is a 20-minute drive up the west coast from the south Washington border (click this image for an un-cropped version that better shows the long beach). The peninsula features a 28-mile (45 km) sand beach, which is the longest “drivable beach” in the US, and one of the longest in the world. This Wikipedia article… Read More »

On Meeting Philip Glass

Anybody who knows me even in the slightest knows that I’m just a tad partial to the music of Philip Glass. Last winter I went to a Portland performance of his “Dracula,” performed by the Kronos Quartet with Phil playing the second keyboard, (a part he later added to the piece just for himself so he could perform… Read More »

Stop Using One-off Plastic

Plastic bits in the ocean and in the food chain have created a big, scary problem. If all of us would take a few small steps to minimize disposable plastic usage, the cumulative effect could make a big difference. Many of us bring our own bags to the store, but we can do more. Here are five steps you can… Read More »

Divisive politics

In late 2017 I got an email from a Democratic organization venting about the just-passed tax bill that ended with: “We want to give you this anti-Republican bumper sticker!” I think this is a bad approach. I don’t want to perpetuate the us-and-them bullshit that is US politics right now, and I think things like this bumper sticker… Read More »

On Kaepernick’s Kneeling

In 2016 and 2017, there was an uproar over a black football player, Colin Kaepernick, quietly kneeling on the field during the national anthem rather than standing with the rest of his team. He was protesting the repeated killing of black men by police in America, and this lead to many months of heated arguing among Americans. All of… Read More »

Potential

Walking around in almost every one of us is a wellspring of untapped potential. Some call it inspiration, some call it god — whatever you call it, there exists in us a deep beauty, a spark, that few of us acknowledge, let alone show or attempt to express. The thing about potential is that it is nearly useless… Read More »