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The Hana Highway

There’s a price to seeing some of the greenest green in the state of Hawaii. It’s called 620 curves and 59 single-lane bridges on Maui’s highway 360 heading to Hana. It’s a road full of squiggles and cars reaching speeds of 10 mph. But driving it is worth it–even for the feint of stomach. Because nothing […]

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Braving the Piano Recital

This moment–eight minutes before the start of their piano recital–is the most serious I have seen Silas. Also the stillest. And maybe that’s because his stomach is all trembly about plunking those piano keys up there alone for all those folks in the pews. But he rises. And he sits. And he plays his In My Red […]

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Maui in the Rain

Since October, we’ve wondered if the sun might ever shine again in western Washington. Or the rain have mercy. And it’s happened. Just twice. Which means we’ve borne witness to the wettest winter on record. And the palest skin on anybody. Yay. So. It’d seem we’re checking out of this state ’cause we’re near to […]

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Almost Tulips

We hadn’t intentionally driven an hour to Mossyrock to buy another cactus to put in the kitchen window sill. Until we had. In fact, one of us happily parted with even more of his lawn mowing cash when he found succulents and lilies and things with pretty leaves that he couldn’t live without. The rest of […]

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Little Mashel Falls Trail

If you can make it to Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA, then you’re almost there. In fact, your GPS will say you are there. It’ll even say you’re at the trailhead. Which is where you want to be. Only you’ll look north, south, east, west and even under your car and realize that there is […]

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Sequalitchew Creek Trail

You might need a pronunciation guide for this trail–Se-qual-it-chew. That, and a map to find DuPont. Then, too, if you can catch the rarest thing in western Washington these days–a sunny, 45 degree morning–like we did, this is the place you want to be. Because all that rain has to amount to something. Somewhere. And […]

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At First Sight

I crossed the contact lens threshold when I was ten. I hadn’t worn glasses previously. I hadn’t known my vision was leaking out of one eye faster than the other. I just knew that the volunteer eye chart ladies at our elementary school had made notes by my name when I messed up on which […]

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Thirteen

I was 12 and a half on the day I got my ears pierced at the Wenatchee Valley Mall. Six months ahead of promised. And a complete surprise.  A surprise mostly because my parents didn’t do things like walk into a jeweler’s to pierce ears ahead of schedule. And, because my mom, especially, wasn’t a […]

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What it Costs

Silas is a mix of snot and fumbled fingers. His wad of toilet paper in his front pocket is at the ready for when frustration signals his nose to run. Or for when his brain says, “enough,” and I’ve asked him to try one more time. He can catch the tears there, too. I’m in […]

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Jesus Wept

When I asked Silas about his craft, he shrugged. “They wanted us to write a Bible verse on the outside,” he says. There are two words written on his jar. “Is that why yours says, ‘Jesus wept?’” I ask. Which is what Jesus might do looking at this jar with green and gold glitter clinging […]

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