North to Alaska!

Denali in all its glory Just back from a couple weeks in Alaska, partly by land and partly by sea, traveling with good friends. A first time for all of us, and not really high on our lists of places to visit. But why not, we thought; let’s go see. We started with a flight from Seattle to Fairbanks and then worked our way south by train to Seward, where we took a boat that stopped in towns along the panhandle ending in Vancouver. We spent several days in Denali, where it was sunny every day. We saw [...]

By |2018-09-04T17:20:43-05:00August 12th, 2018|Blog|

Protest by any other name…

In Protest on Trial I use the words "protest," "dissent" and "activism" mostly interchangeably. "Resistance" is another word you frequently see in the context of people voicing concern or opposition to the status quo as orchestrated by governments, religions or corporations. One of the good things about the variety of wording is that it allows for a very large continuum of action that can be adapted to the type of change being promoted as well as the opposition's choice of weaponry in response. In Protest on Trial, I list many such stops along the continuum, including boycotts, strikes, petitions, public demonstrations, civil [...]

By |2018-09-04T17:19:07-05:00May 29th, 2018|Blog|

Seattle Times covers Protest on Trial

Want to read a chapter of Protest on Trial? The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine for this weekend, May 5-6 excerpts a chapter of the book, and includes additional material from Kit. The photos are terrific! it's great online, but the hard copy is even better. Seattle Times on Protest on Trial Five of the seven Seattle conspiracy case Court in Tacoma yesterday after pleading no contest (which has the effect of a guilty plea) to contempt-of-court charges stemming from their December, 1970, trial. From left were Joe Kelly, Jeff Dowd (side to camera), Susan Stern, Charles (Chip) Marshall, [...]

By |2018-09-04T17:19:27-05:00May 4th, 2018|Blog|

It’s not all about Protest

While Protest on Trial: the Seattle 7 Conspiracy, my latest book, is getting most of the publicity this spring, it's not the only one out there. Dancing on the Edge, my Young Adult book about grieving, discovery, real and imaginary friends, traveling in England and 12 year old Dot’s irritating aunt has been reprinted by Chatwin Press and is available in paperback and Kindle. Starred by Publishers Weekly, the reviewer wrote, “with complex characters and eloquent prose, it’s an absorbing story of a girl’s surprising path through her grief.” Earlier this week I had the chance to talk about Dancing on the [...]

By |2018-09-04T17:19:38-05:00April 19th, 2018|Blog|

Amazon’s Bananas

How do you read that? “Amazon is bananas”? Or “Amazon’s gone bananas”? Or maybe just plain “the bananas of Amazon”? If you picked the last one, you’d be correct. This afternoon I walked by an Amazon building (there are dozens in Seattle, stretching from Lake Union north to downtown—small two story buildings to forty story glass behemoths, not to mention three geodesic domes melded together like soap bubbles). Amazon's Bubbles in downtown Seattle Walking by one of the smaller buildings was a small shed with a homemade sign “Community Banana Stand.” Two people were sitting on chairs behind [...]

By |2018-09-04T17:20:04-05:00February 21st, 2018|Blog|

Seattle Women’s March 2018

Second year in a row. Last year it was sunny and clear for our march. Eagles circled overhead at the start of the route. People were fired up and ready to go. This year, it was gray and damp. People were not happy that here we were, a year later, shell-shocked, some of us angry and depressed, tired, unbelieving. The most energized were the younger folks, the college and high school kids, starting chants and songs, waving creative signs, wearing their knitted pink or rainbow colored hats. Us older ones there too, chatty and present, as determined as ever not [...]

By |2018-09-04T17:20:32-05:00January 21st, 2018|Blog|

Where is Happy?

Between Christmas and New Year’s I read a 2008 nonfiction book called The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Somewhat unfortunately titled, Weiner describes his visits to ten countries searching for the secrets to individual and community happiness. A foreign correspondent for NPR, he writes in a snappy, ironic, deprecating style, and had a research assistant who ploughed through mountains of happiness research, both scientific and philosophical, which he layers in at all the right places as he describes his travels. Weiner began his journeys at Erasmus University’s World Database of Happiness in Rotterdam, which holds almost 12,000 studies related [...]

By |2018-01-18T16:36:19-05:00January 8th, 2018|Blog|

Doing the Same Thing Over and Over

One thing I don’t like is doing the same thing over and over again. Like commuting along the same route every day. Like always doing laundry on Sundays. Like cooking the same Thanksgiving dinner every year. I like to mix it up a little. International travel does that, for sure. Saying “yes” more than “no” does that. Of course, sometimes you get in way over your head, like the months I was volunteering at three different organizations at once and they all ended up scheduling me on the same Thursday month after month. Or the backlog of sewing projects in [...]

By |2018-01-11T13:36:11-05:00November 24th, 2017|Blog|