Janis Monaco Clark lives in Seattle Washington with her husband Bruce and their Boxer dog, Sonny Bone’O. Janis published Tales of a Blacktop Gypsy, Planets & Passages before moving from her hand-built cabin in rural Montana to an apartment in the city.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Sonny in Seattle

Sonny Bone’O is a friendship magnet. He and I cannot walk anywhere in the neighborhood without someone commenting, what a beautiful Boxer he is. People ask to pet him.  This is a good thing, especially when I’m down in the dumps, missing my old Montana home and...

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City of Literature: Seattle Reads

How would I meet people and make friends in my Lake City neighborhood? Thirty-two thousand people living within four square miles was daunting. I happened upon the Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library within walking distance of my apartment. Oh, happy day!...

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The Legend of Princess Angeline

Born c. 1820 in what is now Rainier Beach, Washington, Kikisoblu, the eldest daughter of Chief Seattle is recognized around the world as Princess Angeline. Princess Angeline became famous as the subject of one of the earliest portraits taken by Edward Sheriff Curtis...

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Seattle Is a Verb

Seattle screams with verbs: Crashing, lurching, heaving, rising, shoving, pulling, dreaming. There is nothing glamorous about our Lake City apartment. Third floor on a busy street, we do not see skyscrapers or the Space Needle. Our view is McDonald’s golden arches,...

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Gypsy in the City: A Walk in the Park

Little Brook Park, where I walk Sonny Bone’O, is across the street from our Lake City Seattle apartment. The one-acre park is named for a shady brook running through it and includes a kiddie playground plus a track and grassy field. Bruce walks Sonny in the park...

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Gypsy in the City: Why I Love Seattle

    Recently, I had my nails polished, emerald green, to match Grandma Filomena’s May birthstone ring, and to celebrate spring.     Lovely Nails and Spa Salon is on the same street as my apartment. While I chose my color, I heard a man’s voice as he announced his...

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Imagination

Imagination I told stories as a small child. My imagination was wonderful. I made up fairy tales as fact before they happened. They would be real someday. I was in a hurry so I made stories real ahead of time. As an adult, these stories began to come to life. Did I...

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