I hope you are all staying safe and sane. I am fortunate to be holed up on beautiful Whidbey Island. I’m here with my 94-year-old mother and my sister who is going through chemo, and while peeling myself away from the news and finding time and energy to write is challenging, Spring has arrived and nature is glorious. Everything is in bloom, and we have chipmunks, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, harbor seals, and killer whales to remind us that we are part of a web.

Because words are my refuge in good times and bad, I wanted to share a bit of personal good news. My CNF essay about whiteness, called “The Absence of Color,” appeared today in issue #12 of Sky Island Journal. You can view the issue here: https://www.skyislandjournal.com/issues#/issue-12-spring-2020/

I hope you can use this time of separation to reflect, bake, walk, read, create, and appreciate small things unfurling until our world turns right side up again.

Love and light,


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