Archive for March, 2010

On the Horizon

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

This picture was taken from the mountain identifier, about 20 miles north of Condon.  On a clear day you can see a whole bunch of mountains from (more…)

Just when I thought I had a reason to pout

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Maybe it’s corny, but I pull out an angel card now and then. Do you remember those? Each card has a word, like “forgiveness” or “compassion”. The idea is to reach in and randomly pull out a card. Whatever the word is, you can focus on it for the day, in whatever way makes sense.

I was feeling a bit down this morning and I pulled out this card. “Right,” I thought, “inspiration. Pffft. Who needs it? I’m feeling sorry for myself and it’s gonna take more than a silly word to shift me out of it.” Then I set the card on this little rowing bunny where I always set my angel card for the day. In the bathroom. By the toilet.

I went off to lunch to meet an old friend. We hadn’t seen each other for quite a few years. Long enough that I didn’t know the challenges he’s had to face over those years. Challenges he’s still dealing with. Head on, courageously, honestly. Being with him made me feel better, not in a “Oh gosh things are worse for you than me,” kind of way. But in a “Jackie, get your head out of your ass,” kind of way. And just because of the kind of person he is, easy to be with. And kind. I like kindness. I like inspiration. I like angel cards.

First Wednesday Reading April 7th, 2010

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Lots of words are going to be hatching up this spring in Portland.  I’ll be reading some of mine at a fun event in April. Oh, and this one involves wine, too! The First Wednesday Reading Series is co-hosted by the Oregon Literary Review  and Blackbird Wine Shop.  Here’s the scoop. (more…)

Dixon Ticonderoga

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Writer, teacher, and now publisher, Stevan Allred has created a lovely ‘zine. A piece of mine is in it.  The launch party is at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27th at St. Johns Booksellers.  Some very cool writers will be reading their work from the ‘zine. I’ll be reading too. Look  here  to find out  how this ‘zine came about and for details on the launch party. Come along and we’ll have some fun.