Category Archives: identity

The fullness of empty spaces inside us

I sat in the den watching Ginger chew the water buffalo horn, the wash of drool that makes it slick and hard to maw. I scratched the webbing behind my knee that’s been giving me trouble. There was a mild … Continue reading

Posted in identity, inspiration, Memoir, parenting | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

‘Einmal ist keinmal,’ 2018

There were times I’d walk out into our garage and just stare. Stare at the progress I’d made to restore order which was rare, and worth staring at. The state of the garage is like an ocean beach, the calm … Continue reading

Posted in death, identity, Memoir, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

“Life Before Fabric Softener” (a memoir)

Interrupting my journal-in-Germany series today with an excerpt from my new, to-be written memoir “Life Before Fabric Softener.” It starts on the 20-year anniversary of my first extended stay in Europe, in the south of France. December, 1997 Capitol Hill, … Continue reading

Posted in identity, Memoir, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

The Famous Golden Larch

I don’t know what it is about me and hats, but I keep losing mine. There was the green Irish cap I got in a small, West Cork town: I wrote the name inside the rim (SKIBBEREEN 12-15) to mark … Continue reading

Posted in identity, Memoir, musings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

´╗┐The bargaining phase

It was the last of the 8 o’clock sunsets the meteorologist said, so enjoy it. The last until April 16. We went to Chris and Kelly’s for dinner, to spend the night, but couldn’t stay up as late as we … Continue reading

Posted in identity, parenting, travel, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

The Chris Cornell rat scene reveal | Field notes from the Pacific coast

This is the last in a series of posts I started in late May and have published daily for 37 days now. It’s inspired by a three-day solo trek on the Washington coast, with side-story memoir scenes wrapped by a … Continue reading

Posted in death, identity, Memoir, music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Trying on masks | Field notes from the Pacific Coast

It’s almost over!┬áThis is a series of posts I started in late May and have published daily for 35 days now. It’s inspired by a three-day solo trek on the Washington coast, with side-story memoir scenes wrapped by a few … Continue reading

Posted in identity, Memoir, music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments