Madras, Oregeon

I turned down a road following a campground sign. I stopped at the wrong place, which ended up being the right place. It was quiet, but enough people at the marina for me to watch from my hillside perch. The hosts were nice and I got my hiking and biking in. OH, let’s not forget…

Shhhhh

05-27-19 Shhhh. Be quiet. Be still. I cannot hear myself think, I cannot hear my heart beat, my pulse. I cannot breathe, my chest is tight, my emotions out of control.  Shhh. Please stop talking, singing, dancing, moving. I cannot hear my mind, my voice, the whispers of my soul. I cannot see the sun…

Why I now Loathe the Weekend

It is Friday and I am near Mr. Rainer. I am not far from Seattle, Portland, Yakima and Ellensburg. Perhaps that is my err. Perhaps I have misjudged the proximity to the “big city” and now feel like it is moving in next door. I noticed a distinct increase in traffic this morning. I watched…

Getting Away

I am back from a recent family visit. I have never lived close to family, and often times, they are days away by car, many airport connections, rental cars, hotels, on so forth. It has been difficult, to say the least, and the onus has been on me to travel. I am not sure why,…

A Perfect Day

I believe I had a perfect day. This is not my first, and I pray to all that is good and right in the Universe, that it will not be my last.  I am in Detroit staying with my Sister. She lovingly calls me a “bonus sister”, as we are sisters by our parents marriage….

Valentine Distilling

Ferndale, MI This was a happy accident. I was at a different pub and saw Mayor Pingree as a drink on the list. I got all excited and had to ask. Ends up, this is a line of alcohol named after my Great Uncle Hazen Stuart Pingree who was both Mayor of Detroit and Governor…

Farmington Brewing

Farmington, MI I sat outside on a sidewalk I must have put miles on as a youngster. I would ride my bike through downtown to get to the houses of friends, and later a boyfriend. I would see movies at the discount theater in the adjacent building. I marched down these streets in parades while…

Happy Birthday!

It is the day of my birth. I am 55 years old. I am technically homeless and basically unemployed. I am living my dream! I am currently at my sister’s house in Michigan to celebrate my nephew’s high school graduation. I am taking advantage of BJJ classes nearby. I am living out of my Jeep…

Exploring Detroit #1

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. I left when I was 19 and never lived there again. I do not consider this place home, but it is the place where I grew up. I was born here and my family has deep roots here. I still like the area, even if Detroit…

Valentine Distilling

It started simple enough. My sister and I went out to explore the small town of my youth. We planned to imbibe while out, so we stopped at a couple bars. I was innocently reading the menu and saw my last name. WHAT? My name is not common at all so that was a surprise….