Sunset in Portland, Oregon. January 2019. (Jennifer Willis)

I am bold at night

I am bold at night. At least, I am bolder in those quiet, dark hours when the world is filled with possibility and promise, than I am in the full light of day. Does the sunlight burn away my plans and dreams like so much mist, or is there something else at work? As the […]

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hiding in the shadows

This morning, I awoke to more inflaming outbursts from the president’s Twitter account and more divisive language and positions from his staff. It’s another day in the United States of America in 2018, and the president is again attacking the press on Twitter. His friends on Fox News are speculating that a caravan of migrants […]

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Wolfenoot

Wolfenoot is a new holiday that was invented by Jax Goss’ son in New Zealand, and it’s taking the Internet by storm. Here’s the original text (from Jax Goss): My son has invented a holiday called Wolfenoot. It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. […]

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books read: July 2018

I’ve been starting a lot of books and then putting them down within the space of a few chapters. I didn’t use to consign so many books to the DNF pile. Maybe it’s the summer heat (or illness and pain) making me irritable, or maybe I’m becoming more discernible and more protective of my time. […]

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White flowers and wild succulents among the rocks. Photo by Jennifer Willis.

how to stand up while sitting down

Several weeks ago, I was excited to learn that some local authors were mobilizing to participate in the occupation at Portland’s ICE facility. The idea was to hold down the fort during the day for the protestors who had to leave to go to their jobs, and that writers and digital nomads and similar others […]

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