Week 23: Mary Oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver Who:  Mary Oliver What: American poet Where: Born in a small town in Ohio, and currently Provincetown, Massachusetts, Why: I admire Mary Oliver’s enchanting way to express so much powerfully and eloquently using so few words.  Communicating clearly and effectively is something IContinue reading “Week 23: Mary Oliver”

In Memory of a Deaf Cat Called Detour

I never thought I would be a “cat person”. At the mere mention of the furry little felines, my mind instantly went to visions of the crazy cat lady, living in solitude with one (or 50!) too many cats jammed into one small living space.  No, thank you. Then, Detour the Wonder Cat came intoContinue reading “In Memory of a Deaf Cat Called Detour”

Week 22: Gene Wilder

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination.  Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be. ”  — Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka Who:  Gene Wilder, born Jerome Silberman (1933-2016) What: American actor, screenwriter, and author Where: Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Why:  Gene Wilder is possibly best known for his roleContinue reading “Week 22: Gene Wilder”

Recipe: Squash Flower Quesadillas

  Have you ever had so much zucchini or summer squash you thought you would drown in the abundance? Well, if you have this problem, you just might be interested in this recipe. It was my go to dish when I eat in Oaxacan markets. Simply divine! South of the border in Mexico, squash flowerContinue reading “Recipe: Squash Flower Quesadillas”

Week 21: Sherman Alexie

  “You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don’t realize it.”  –Sherman Alexie Who:  Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. What: Native American writer, poet and filmaker Where: Born and raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington and now lives in Seattle, WA. Why: Sherman is an incredible storyteller, and every timeContinue reading “Week 21: Sherman Alexie”

Focus, young lady!

Mornings are a busy time around our household.  Buzzing around the house, I walked past this beautiful bouquet that comes directly from the fields of our Urban Farm just outside the door.  Pretty gorgeous right?! However, I buzzed past them many times, not even talking a moment to appreciate their vibrant color and simple beauty.Continue reading “Focus, young lady!”

Of storytelling and sketching….

Are you a storyteller?  I bet each of us would respond modestly, but we all have a lifetime of stories and memories made inside each one of us. In my last post, I introduced my great-grandma Ma Doll Johnson, who came out to the Wallowa Valley in Eastern Oregon with her family to homestead and createContinue reading “Of storytelling and sketching….”

Week 20: Great Grandma Ma Doll Johnson

“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton ( 1815-1902 . Leading figure in the women’s rights movement and social activist). Who:  Ma Doll Johnson What: My great great grandmother on my father’s side. Where: Her family homesteaded in the late 1800’s in the Wallowa Valley in Northeastern Oregon. Why:  I have always been proudContinue reading “Week 20: Great Grandma Ma Doll Johnson”