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Up Near Pasco

It happened up near Pasco, Washington. My aunt calls from Burns to tell me. “Jinella, I got some sad news. Kyrin laid himself down on the railroad tracks up near Pasco and got hit. Far as the cops could tell, he had his music plugged in his ears, you know how the kids do…and his… … more >>>

The Map of How to Write

The Map of How to Write

I FINISH MY READING at a Southwestern Writers’ Conference. I have spoken about crippling pain from a hiking fall and seeing a dust cloud from the Gobi Desert turn the sun moon-silver over the Black Rock, and how a volcanic out-cropping seen against sunset can become figures from a Javanese shadow play. A woman in… … more >>>

Recent Postings

Who is your guide? Breakthrough for the week of 7/13/2020

Choose only one master — Nature. —Rembrandt, painter and etcher (15 Jul 1606-1669) Master. Guide. Teacher. Muse. S/he-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed. That/Which/Moves/Your/Writing. Who is yours? If you read Breakthroughwriting, you know mine: everything outside human control. Moss. Boulders. Sunlight. The way light changes. How dark moves over us. Time. Aging. Adoration. Power. Surrender. Fear.The illusion of forgiveness. And,… … more >>>

You and Now: Breakthrough

Me and Now: Cowboy Benez (Beans), a gray and brown tabby cat with high esteem, shares the desk chair with me. The blessed swamp cooler hums behind us. My pal, Everett, hung curtains over the two doorways to the living-room so the cool air stays in. I drink too much iced coffee and will pay… … more >>>

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