Monthly Archives: April 2014

Crisis in reflection

Four years ago I was a train wreck. I couldn’t sleep, had stopped eating, and was powering my way through the world with so much coffee that I’d tremble whenever I sat down. I remember that time the way I remember childhood. I remember it … Read more

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Electric!

I’ve had one of those fractured days with multiple clients where I have to dump my work conversations on the table before I can be present with my wife. We’re sitting at a window counter in a new hamburger joint with a view of a … Read more

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Get Lit!

In 1998, Eastern Washington University’s Press and the Creative Writing Department sponsored a literary festival that would become Get Lit! At the time, I was a graduate student, and couldn’t afford to pay $10 for the events, so we worked the box office instead. That … Read more

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Hardware

My paternal grandfather died when my dad was 18. He’d been an old man before his sons were born, a chronic worrier and an avid smoker. He’d also owned a series of hardware stores. He sold the first refrigerator in Spokane. My dad found a … Read more

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Don’t lean!

I told you before about power and canoes, but I don’t want you to think that I learned everything about sharing power that trip because I certainly didn’t. Riding around with Mary on her scooter this Sunday evening, I was reminded how often I … Read more

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