Monthly Archives: December 2010

Cozy Up and Write

The shortest day of the year has come and gone, yet outside my window rain still falls. Whether it’s snow or cold or drizzle, winter has a way of keeping us inside for a season. Why does nature require this … Continue reading

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At Rainbow’s End

If you squint and look closely you’ll see a rainbow arching behind Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge in this photo. It blazed across the sky after one of those December deluges that leaves your pants soaked to the knees–even though you’re carrying … Continue reading

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A Perfect Time for Book Buying

One of my favorite bookish quotes comes from Erasmus: “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if any is left over, I buy food and clothes.” At this time of year, I like to remind everyone who … Continue reading

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Chai and Chi

One of the most interesting parts of working in cafés is the opportunity to overhear conversations. This afternoon, the background “music” for my pot of eggnog chai (total yum!) was a Portlander who was fretting over how badly his “chi” … Continue reading

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Writing Practice

I’m reading more Natalie Goldberg: Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft. Thinking about what Goldberg writes reminds me of something Sandy Asher said at Chautauqua last year. If you want to make money as a writer, “Do one thing, … Continue reading

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Check out my “new” Web site

The thing about doing your own Web site is that . . . well, when your computer crashes and you’ve been using iWeb, you basically have to recreate the whole danged thing. That’s what I did over the last week … Continue reading

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