12 Cities, 1 Year

In June 2011, my husband and I sold our house and most of our belongings and set out for the West Coast. We packed what we thought we needed in our red Prius. We planned to begin in Missoula, head...

Burmese food a subtle delight

When I was in San Francisco last month, my cousin invited us to eat at Mandalay, one of two Burmese restaurants within a few blocks of each other in San Francisco. I knew nothing about Burmese food...

Occupy 2: Arcata, CA

Arcata’s Occupy camp differed from Portland’s in a couple of ways. First of all, it was much smaller, initially set up in the middle of Arcata Plaza and then moved to City Hall...

Occupy 1: Portland

One thing I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving is the Occupy movement. I have a buttload of photos of the few I’ve seen, mostly of Portland and Arcata. Occupy Portland’s camp was...

In the In Between

I’m sitting in my sister’s house in Kansas City on a Friday night, listening to the train in the distance (last night I heard a great horned owl hooting in the backyard). In a way...

Halloween in Arcata

Arcata has a lovely Halloween tradition. Kids and their parents dress up for Halloween and head for Arcata Plaza, where local businesses give out candy at their front doors. I thought of Broomfield...

Wordstock: A Primer

Wordstock 2011 played up the theme “America is a story that never ends.” And it was true that stories were in never-ending supply at the Portland literary festival (October 8–9). Tie for...

No-Hands Sandwich

In Portland, I decided I had to visit a French restaurant. This craving had started in Vancouver, but I had been putting it off because French restaurants are almost always expensive, and we had been...

Portland

Note from 2015: This was originally a page about Portland on the 12 Cities, 1 Year website, which no longer exists. All the pages and posts from 12 Cities, 1 Year, can be found on this site or on...

Arcata

Note from 2015: This was originally a page about Arcata on the 12 Cities, 1 Year website, which no longer exists. All the pages and posts from 12 Cities, 1 Year, can be found on this site or on Todd...

What’s Missing

I took the picture below in Pioneer Place in Portland on a rainy Saturday night before the AIDS walk. Looks pretty standard, right? Just a landmark, a tourist attraction, etc. The red carpet on the...

Project Grow

The point of Project Grow is to create community for “adults of all mental diversities.” The methods used are farming and making art. After I called up and scheduled a time to volunteer...