True Believers and Misled Passion

Persistence and incrementalism get us further in life and work “I believe counts, right now, for more than “the evidence shows…” Belief based on emotion is dangerous. We need to be humble. The world can make us so. Passion is … Read More

Lavender Festivals, Oregon

The scent and taste wafting in the air. My favorite lavender festival was last weekend, and a friend and I made our annual trek to the fields and hills of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Pictures of the mounded purple … Read More

Ms. Merriwether’s Advice Column, Vol. 1

Answers to questions on life and writing Dear Gentle Reader, Ms. Merriwether (c’est Moi) is opening an advice column for all your questions about life and writing, or the writing life. I will select several questions from the comments section … Read More

The Seasonal Succession of Berries

Raspberries Ripen in July, Love Follows I was in my son’s garden this afternoon, picking raspberries. I picked berries when I was little in my father’s garden at the end of our yard, and that’s how friends have remembered me … Read More

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini

Photo by Carlos Augusto on Unsplash It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini That she wore for the first time today — Paul Vance The New York Times announced that Paul Vance, the lyricist for “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polkadot … Read More

Frida Kahlo’s Iconography

Impaled, bloodied, and flecked with gold dust Frida Kahlo was impaled by a broken rod, and lay on the ground naked in her blood and flecked with gold. She said she could never paint the accident. The broken handlebar from … Read More

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