Life’s a Parade

Life’s a Parade

Yesterday, I missed something big. The Pet Parade, one of the highlights of the Port Townsend, WA, Rhododendron Festival, happens the third Thursday in May. The Pet Parade is a charming sea of chaos. The staging area in front of the fire station is jammed with dogs,...

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Compassion Through Art

Compassion Through Art

Forty-one years ago I was a small-town high school sophomore. Our school district wasn’t prosperous; levies had failed repeatedly and funds were tight. Miraculously, in 1973, money was allotted to produce a spring musical. This hadn’t happened in decades and students...

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Back to the Usual Noises

Back to the Usual Noises

Hello! I'm back at my desk after another installment of "Chasing Hoosegow Matley," the story of a cat with more talent for dramatic escapes than Harry Houdini. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a blog appearance all on my lonesome. Many thanks to poets Lynn Kopelke,...

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Clark Crouch, Poet Lariat

Clark Crouch, Poet Lariat

I first met Clark Crouch, Poet Lariat and Sandhill Sage, at the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg, WA, 2005. He and his wife, Barbara, introduced themselves after a Nevada Slim & Cimarron Sue show. We’d touched a chord with them with one of our...

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Doris Daley-Poet, Speaker, Traveler

Doris Daley-Poet, Speaker, Traveler

I first met Doris Daley at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, 2007. For me, she sets the gold standard for entertainers: poised, beautifully spoken, gracious, professional, funny and highly entertaining. To see Doris perform is to know that she embodies...

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