Smoke Gets in Your…Brain!

Oregon__Fires_91745-727x485For more than a month, I’ve been sucking down smoke in Ashland, Oregon. The whole state seems to be on fire. Admittedly, I haven’t seen any actual flames, but the Rogue Valley, where I live, is surrounded by wildfires. No matter which way the wind blows, we get smoke. More than 200,000 acres are on fire in southern Oregon. At this point, it’s not healthy to be outside, much less taking a long walk which is my usual way to stimulate the brain and come up with new writing ideas. That leaves my brain in the fuzz zone. It’s hard to think straight. I’ve even had vertigo from all this smoke and spent an entire morning wobbling around the house. We take clear air for granted here in Oregon. We love our trees and rain. Here’s to doing everything we can to protect them from climate change which is oh-so-real here in Oregon and in Houston and in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and soon to be slamming into the Caribbean and perhaps Florida. Wake up calls all around. For those who have eyes to see and noses to sniff…it’s time to wake up and smell the smoke.


About kimgriswell

I'm an author, an editor, a writing coach, and a workshop leader. I spend my days asking questions and looking (or listening) for answers, and thinking up ideas for new stories to write for my favorite audience: kids! I guess I'm just about as curious as Rufus Leroy Williams III, the intrepid pink hero of my picture book series from Sterling Publishing, is persistent. Did you know that in 5000 B.C. people blamed 'tooth worms' for their cavities? Neither did I until I developed THE HAUNTED OUTHOUSE for the Bathroom Reader's Institute. Turns out, ancient dentists filled the wormholes with metals like gold or silver. Except the Aztecs. They used a mix of iron, water, and belly-button lint. As you'll discover by reading RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL, RUFUS GOES TO SEA, and RUFUS BLASTS OFF! I believe that reading opens up worlds for young people. Books did that for me, and I hope my books will do the same for today's kids.
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2 Responses to Smoke Gets in Your…Brain!

  1. Kathy Doherty says:

    I hope your smoke situation disappears soon. I’m not surprised you had vertigo. That is the worst feeling on earth. And congratulations on your latest book–RUFUS BLASTS OFF!

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