September 2019

‘My Fifth Sense’

Published in Goldman Review Issue #7, “My Fifth Sense” has been selected a Notable American Essay of 2018, The Best American Essays, 2019 (Solnit & Atwan)

This essay explores our often unappreciated fifth sense—smell, while contemplating the fragility of health in light of environmental and geological threats and the cultural resilience needed to live with uncertainty.


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Late Summer 2019


Adaptation is the theme for late summer for me. I am adjusting to many exciting changes as I take up residency in Tanzania just south of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro.

My creative nonfiction reflection, Funeral for a Shark, was just published by Hip Pocket Press in Sisyphus, Issue 6.2 Summer 2019, appropriately themed, Adaptation. Read it now at:


This water bird is well-adapted to the mangrove swamp in Jozani-Chwaka National Park’’s indigenous forest on the east coast of Zanzibar.

Summer 2019

Poems can wait in that limbo state of revision, until at some point, the poet runs out of time or inspiration. My poem, “Supplication”, is a plea to the muse for intervention, revelation, and an ear for the ‘just right’ phrase. ”Supplication” was published by Cathexis Northwest Press this May in Our Poetica, a Testament to the Shared Uniqueness of the Poetic Experience.

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From my window….Inspiration

From my window….Inspiration

Fall 2017

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September 2017

Family reunion and total eclipse watch in Madras, OR. Stunned by the universe!

Upon coming back, a return to school, and as the garden offers its last gifts, I am starting anew in my teaching. Heading inward as the nights cool down, the hours of sunlight wane, and I grapple with questions around how we best learn. 

Snapdragon: A Journal of At and Healing just published a version of my essay, Forgetting, in the Fall 2017 Issue 3.3 of the online journal entitled 'Remember'. I am flooded with memories of my dear aunt as I write to honor her. Go the the Snapdragon website to check it out.