I am a

writer

biologist

mycologist

colored pencil artist

and lover of

dogs and all animals

cooking and baking

mushroom hunting

wild food foraging

running

February 10, 2019

At the 26thAnnual International Colored Pencil Show in Chicago (2018) there were six black and white pictures accepted. Two of these won prizes. This really bothers me. I tried to get our local chapter to discuss this at our September meeting but it never really went a...

January 6, 2019

I got to see a rare sight a few weeks ago: two Great Blue Herons fighting over territory. I wished I would have stopped now and let work be damned. I was in the left lane of a five-lane highway and there was another car to my right and another behind that one. So, to g...

December 9, 2018

I left my iPhone at work. 

All I wanted to do was to come home, turn my Bose system (complimentary from my brother Dan/Steve) up loud with the music I love that no one else does and make cookies for my friends and I to decorate a week from this Saturday.  But, I got hom...

September 29, 2018

When I lived in Detroit, Michigan, my ex-boyfriend turned me on to lots and lots of great ethnic foods: Szechuan, Thai, Japanese (we liked to dare each other to eat the weirdest sushi), Korean, Indian, etc… So, when my middle brother and his wife came to visit, I was v...

March 25, 2018

Okay. I’ll admit it. I let my dog do something that most people would find disgusting. But I consider it the ultimate recycling. I let her lick the sweat off of my face. I think of it as my own mobile towel system. The only thing I can figure is that she likes/needs th...

February 11, 2018

I was talking with a friend of mine about a person we both worked with once. I’ll call him Steve. Steve had been rehired to the same place after I left (I was let go, actually, because of downsizing). My friend still worked there. Steve always seemed sort of like a blo...

August 22, 2017

I didn’t think anything of the eclipse. I knew it was going to be total in the ever-growing town of Corvallis, but it wasn’t really on my radar. I figured if my oldest brother, Mark, wasn’t clamoring to come here from Michigan to see it, it could not be all that much....

May 19, 2017

For the first time ever I got to eat something recommended from a restaurant by Bon Appétit yesterday.

But first.

The four of us (me, Paul, Ursus, Izzy) headed out to the Metolius area for our third weekly trip to look for the elusive morel. I chose a spot to start where...

March 27, 2017

 So we have this neighbor who lives behind us. Her name is Tammy and she just thinks that Ursus is the sweetest most special dog in the world...next to her own dog, that is. Ursus used to jump on to the top of one of the dog houses that is right next to the fence so he...

February 19, 2017

I called my mother today and told her what Izzy did last night and she thought it was the funniest thing she had heard in a long time.

I went to bed as usual last night. Izzy jumped up with me and proceeded to try to bite my nose as I hid under the covers until she calm...

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