We had a crazy week last week. On Monday, Nick went to NYC for the day for work, and was overcome by a strange dizzy feeling. Walls spinning; hard to concentrate; nauseous. He thought maybe he was dehydrated. He drank a lot of fluids. He made it back to Boston that evening — barely — and […]Read more "The Sweetest Pitbull"
Mike Brown is Can we talk about this Bouquet trashed in tire treads Acknowledge you are part of this part of him Left on the street Turn into America’s heat into the space he leavesRead more "To White Friends, On Ferguson"
Thank you to everyone who joined us on August 19 for the PDXX Collective reading at the Waypost. Here are our writers!Read more "Reading at the Waypost"
I watched the first episode of The Leftovers while I was on a bus. It was my first bus ride since I was in grade school, maybe freshman or sophomore year of high school. Before my best friend’s mom started giving me rides in her Rav 4, before I got my driver’s license and shuttled […]Read more "The Departed and The Leftover"
I’ve become intimately in tune with my body over the years, due to my ongoing struggle with health issues. I’ve learned to listen to it when it needs nourishment, when it needs me to lay off the nachos and beer. I’ve learned to identify sources of pain and meditate on the mental issue causing that […]Read more "A Mother’s Love"
This is what I remember: My dad would rise early and take the train from the suburbs to the Loop in downtown Chicago. He’d work all day in a tall office building on Jackson Boulevard that I saw only once, on a special Saturday he brought me with him, a day I remember by the […]Read more "The Greatest Lesson: Do What You Love"
When I knew I was finally being allowed to transfer from the shitty high school I had attended in Gresham, Oregon for two years to have the privilege of riding transit an hour everyday to my new high school in Portland, I started writing stuff on my arms. With a solid five years of bullying […]Read more "On Vulnerability"
1. You’re not writing unless you’re writing. I once worked in sales. My mentor said, “If you’re not talking to a customer about your product, you’re not selling.” The same is true for writing. Researching, outlining, and brainstorming are important, but they are not the same as writing. Put your pen to the paper, […]Read more "Ten Tips for Finishing Your First Novel"
It was the end of a very long day when I listened to my voice mail. “It’s important, call me back.” One of the more talkative people I know, my friend wasn’t usually cryptic. I called back immediately. She didn’t say hello, only, “So there is a lump….” My heart sank, because that’s a phrase […]Read more "But I’m So Healthy, How Could I Be Sick?"
As an acquaintance commented sarcastically when the new MusicFestNW lineup and setup was announced: finally Portland playing host to a music festival with shows in moderate proximity to each other, all happening the same-ish weekend. Crazy! Part of the charm of a music festival to me is the freedom that can be found within the curated eco-systems […]Read more "Festival Series: MusicFestNW"