Citizen: An American Lyric.

Citizen: An American Lyric.

By Claudia Rankine First off. This isn't exactly a book review. Because I can only give you bits and pieces of information and none of that would even begin to do justice to this book. But. I want to share this book. It is short and has large spaces and pictures of artwork. But it is intense, and every word on the page reads like spoken word. And sometimes you can miss the meaning. (Or maybe "missing" the meaning is because I live in the world as a white person?) I need to…continue reading →
About the Portfolio

About the Portfolio

Note to you: If you subscribe to my blog, you did not get an update about my new "Portfolio" category. And if you don't subscribe, you may notice a new Portfolio category. Redundant much? Either way, you should check it out. Please read the short write-up regarding my photographs in the category "My Favorite State." These are (obviously) photographs of Montana. After spending far too long on designing the portfolio...I realized that the files are quite large and therefore upload somewhat slowly in the "slider." You can individually click on photo tabs (works…continue reading →
Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

By Rosamunde Pilcher. (Also wrote The Shell Seekers). A dear friend loaned me this book over the holidays, saying "it is the perfect holiday book." Well, a large portion of the book is set in Scotland where it is a windy, snowy whiteout. MT was (and still is) looking much like the Scotland descriptions. So yes, it made me feel no excitement to go to Scotland. I'd rather stay home in my pajamas in MT. I wasn't particularly in the mood for the holidays this year (and I'm still not in the mood…continue reading →
19 year-old road trip.

19 year-old road trip.

May 14 2005? (This might be a little melancholy). Southern Utah/Northern Arizona. Sand Dunes. Macaroni and cheese. Powder orange in all the pores of my skin. When my orange feet move down the sand falls like water. The rocks bleed, the sand bleeds, my skin bleeds. It is dark in this Mexican restaurant. I wish I had wings or reception on someone’s telephone. Orange table, blue bathroom, sand coated skin. The girls who were in between what we call “girls” and “women” parked on the side of the road. They didn’t consider the…continue reading →
Origins

Origins

“Why did you become a nurse?” I get that question sometimes, from friends or acquaintances or patients. If you are a nurse, you’ve been asked too. Some days (the really bad, I-don’t-even-have-time-to-pee and everyone-is-yelling-at-me days), I forget my answer to the question. I ask, “Why am I even doing this?!” So, I need to refocus. Why did I become a nurse? If you are a nurse, what are your origins as a nurse? If you aren’t a nurse, you know nurses or have been taken care of by nurses. “They” say it “takes…continue reading →

poem on the deck.

circles of limestone or some other gray rock situated in the yard she found them in someone’s winter wheat field last summer. warm outside at 10:52 PM and I try to ignore the mosquitos humming at my elbows pink with itching pork with icing. the sky so deep black I could press my palm upward supination and it would be covered black ink flip it over again to make a print on my mother’s deck like those banners at children’s museums handprints in red, yellow, green pure colors from the tube no mixing…continue reading →
the Dispossessed.

the Dispossessed.

By Ursula K. Le Guin. She has published 21 novels, 11 shorts, & some poetry to boot according to her (somewhat oddly arranged) website (http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Biography-70Word.html). The Dispossessed begins on the anarchist planet of Anarres. Anarres is the moon to another planet called Urras (with different states, representative of earth's governments). The people of Anarres are Odonians (following their revolutionary leader "Odo"). They voluntarily moved to Anarres in exile & maintained no contact with Urras for hundreds of years prior to the setting of this book. The protagonist, Shevek, is a highly intelligent physicist…continue reading →
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

by none other than the fabulous Mindy Kaling. You might know her from The Office (that one, with Steve Carrell), or the Mindy Project (which she stars/writes/produces), or as a Ben Affleck impersonator (see here: Anyway, the point is...you should learn about Mindy Kaling if you don't already know her. Thing about Mindy is, she is super funny. And her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) does not disappoint, especially comedy-wise. I have never actually watched the Mindy Project, but now it is certainly on my list after reading…continue reading →