in conclusion . . . this is the end (?)

This past June, I sat down with Jay Lake to talk about his writing career and his terminal cancer diagnosis. His advice to other writers has already been crafted into an article for The Writer (October 2013 issue), and additional parts of that 90-minute conversation will appear in future posts in the “in conclusion . […]

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heat wave and best intentions

Today, I’d hoped to announce?finally?the launch of The Indie Pub podcast. That’s not going to happen. We’re at the beginning of a heat wave here in Portland, and I’m laying low for a bit. I’ve found that my ideal temperature is around 58 degrees F. I start to have trouble when the thermometer sails past […]

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in conclusion . . . advance directives

On Wednesday, I go in for my first colonoscopy. It’s a routine procedure, but the paperwork the clinic sent me ahead of my appointment clearly states that any medical procedure can have unforeseen complications, blah, blah, blah. Standard disclaimers, right? There’s a page allowing me to designate temporary medical power of attorney for the procedure […]

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in conclusion . . .

A few months ago, I dreamed up an idea for an unlikely column: a regular series about death, dying, and renewal in its many forms. It’s an uncomfortable topic. Frightening and intimidating, even. But I believe there’s great comfort to be found in tackling such questions head-on. But so far, I haven’t done anything with […]

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