Seattle Sky Every Day

The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle, and the hills the greenest green…Perry Como, 1969, Seattle* It’s been a year since we left Montana and moved to Seattle. Everything is different here, including the sky. Our Idaho-born neighbor told us that the trouble...

Mary Lawlor O’Hara June 19, 1944 – Dec. 14, 2018

I  published my book Planets & Passages, Tales of a Blacktop Gypsy late November 2018. My best friend, Mary Lawlor O’Hara, telephoned me on my birthday, as she always did, one week after publication. She wasn’t feeling well. In fact, she had just had a heart...

It’s Goodbye to Old Montana

The house on the hill stands empty, her windows dark, save one, the red and golden stained-glass cactus rose, glowing in late-day autumn sun. Twenty-seven years, as the first deep snow of winter fell, we moved into our hand-built house on the hill. There was no glass...

Holy Cannoli and Other Sins

Did you know that June 16th is National Cannoli Day? I didn’t know it either and I’m 100% Italian American. Or at least I thought I was until DNA testing showed I am Middle Eastern too, with some ancient Saracen thrown in. While researching an article I was writing...

Mural, Mural on the Wall

Murals are primordial. Our ancestors painted on walls 40,000 years ago, a celebration of continuity. In modern day, murals express the concerns and aspirations of a community. Mexican artist and muralist, Diego Rivera, painted scenes of revolution as well as everyday...