Alaska Stories

Birthplace of the Winds

In 2013 I spent 6 weeks working at a crab processing plant in the Aleutian Islands.  These are journal entries and photos from that time. *** "What a burden longing was-- to stand on the continent's soft edge, waves always and endlessly arriving, the surf breathing for you, and that old, old dream of paradise… Continue reading Birthplace of the Winds

Writing

Thoughts on Donna Haraway’s “Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene”

"Good stories reach into rich pasts to sustain thick presents to keep the story going for those who come after." I recently, and after a good four months of slow reading, finished Donna Haraway's amazing book Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene.  It was possibly the most challenging and most rewarding book… Continue reading Thoughts on Donna Haraway’s “Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene”

Wild Rose Tiny House

Tiny House Update

January 3rd marked the one year anniversary of moving into Wild Rose.  It was a difficult first year. I'd never used a wood stove in my life, and learning to start a fire and keep it going was a challenge.  I have since learned that because my house is sealed so well, it creates a… Continue reading Tiny House Update

Alaska Stories

Owls and Animals

I'm currently reading The Hidden Lives of Owls by Leigh Calvez.  It's a good read.  I recommend.  I was reminded of a trip my mother and I took in 2014 to The Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, AK.  I took a ton of photos and never did anything with them, so here they are.  Also… Continue reading Owls and Animals

Writing

Artist Residency at the Sou’wester Lodge

In mid-December I went to the Washington coast and stayed at the Sou'wester Lodge for 5 nights.  They have an artist residency program- you apply with a short questionnaire and a sample of work and if accepted, pay a drastically reduced rate for a Sunday-Friday stay.  I asked for a cabin with a bathtub and my… Continue reading Artist Residency at the Sou’wester Lodge

Wild Rose Tiny House

Tiny House Living, the first two weeks

I know I skipped the whole last two months of building, and I'll take some good pictures of how it turned out and explain what I did at some point, but I want to get the experience of moving in and getting used to the tiny house while it's still fresh. I moved in the… Continue reading Tiny House Living, the first two weeks

Wild Rose Tiny House

Tiny House Build Weeks 23 & 24: interior siding, stains, budgets, parking space and ALMOST DONE

Week 23 was spent frantically tracking down financing for the last $5k of the build and securing a long term parking space somewhere in Olympia.  Family came through with loaned and gifted money which is now turning out to STILL not be enough, but it's enough to get me through to the end of the… Continue reading Tiny House Build Weeks 23 & 24: interior siding, stains, budgets, parking space and ALMOST DONE

Wild Rose Tiny House

Tiny House Week 22 – A Big Surprise, Insulation and MOVING DAY!

I got up to Monroe late last Thursday night and crashed out, having had a full 9 hour day of school/work.  Woke up at 6:30 a.m. as usual (having been a night person/graveyard worker for all of my teens and 20s this rise and shine without an alarm before 7 a.m. thing is SO weird,… Continue reading Tiny House Week 22 – A Big Surprise, Insulation and MOVING DAY!