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In Praise of Lichens

I neglected to post a link to a lyric essay I co-wrote with a lichenologist, John Villella, which was published in 2014. Lichens are one of my favorite things on the planet. Here’s why: In Praise of Lichens. (Click on the … Continue reading

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Critical Thesis Published at Numéro Cinq Magazine

 I’m pleased to announce that my graduate critical thesis, A Visual Approach to Syntactical and Image Patterns in Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, went online today at Numéro Cinq Magazine. I hope this will become a useful resource for literary scholars, artists, teachers, … Continue reading

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What We Are Up To

Steven and I have created a website where we post the latest pictures and thoughts about what we are learning and discovering in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. Salamanders, lichen, woodpeckers, and jackrabbits are some of what you … Continue reading

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New publication!

Delighted to announce that my essay, “Whirlpools,” with Steven’s photographs, appears in this year’s issue of Flycatcher Journal.

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Lincoln, Oregon

It’s been forever since I updated my blog, and in the interim, I’ve graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA in creative non-fiction and fiction), driven across the whole country in a Nissan Versa (containing two kids, husband, cat, … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Domesticity

Today I composed a new poem to submit to Numéro Cinq‘s 2nd Annual Villanelle Contest. Mystery of Domesticity There’s nothing like the myst’ry of domesticity, to shock one late or betimes, like laundry charged with static electricity. Sheets on clotheslines … Continue reading

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The Sisters of Cootes Store in Newfound Journal

Steven and I collaborated on another photo-essay about Cootes Store, this time about our daughters’ relationship to place.  We’re excited that the essay found a good home at the online journal, Newfound: An Inquiry of Place. The Sisters of Cootes … Continue reading

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Two photo-essays, from Steven and me

Steven and I collaborated on two photo-essays recently, which are both published online at Numéro Cinq.  Enjoy! Riffing on Whirlpools What It’s Like Living Here

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Erasure Poem

An interesting contemporary form of making poetry is to take a page of text from a source (say, an out-of-print book, for example), and carefully select some of the words to make a new poem or story.  The remaining words … Continue reading

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Meditation on Mary, for Advent

On Sunday I preached my first full-length sermon. In celebration of Advent, Community Mennonite Church asked me to speak about Mary the mother of Jesus. The texts were from Luke 1: 26-56 and Micah 5:2-5a. Continue reading

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