Quit Making Faces in the Greeting Card Section at the Grocery Store! How To Make Paper for Your Own Greeting Cards

The card selection at most grocery stores forces me to make my “puke face.” When searching for “condolences” or “sympathy” cards, I cringe at the tasteless messages I’d never send even my worst enemy (e.g. “The loss you weep, becomes a treasured memory to keep—forever.” ???!!!!) So, I decide I should take matters into my… Continue reading Quit Making Faces in the Greeting Card Section at the Grocery Store! How To Make Paper for Your Own Greeting Cards

How I Learned the Charleston to Celebrate the International Day of Dance (Sort of)

When “Let’s Groove Tonight” played like sweet, sweet liquid gold through the ladies’ restroom speakers at the Seattle Wild Ginger restaurant, I knew just what to do: Finish up and get dancing. I didn’t care who saw me. I needed to “share the spice of life” and “glide like a 747” out into the lobby… Continue reading How I Learned the Charleston to Celebrate the International Day of Dance (Sort of)

Hard-Boiling and Dying “Tulip Town-Inspired” Easter Eggs

Tulip Town welcomes visitors with whirling, windmill arms to its candy-colored fields. When I saw the gardens and festive activities in a brochure, I ran to get Nate. “We’re going! We have to go—we need to see this!” I said. “Say no more,” he answered. Nate, Alex, and I hopped in the car, singing (to… Continue reading Hard-Boiling and Dying “Tulip Town-Inspired” Easter Eggs

How to Spot Gray Whales “Going Wild” On Their Spring Break Near Whidbey Island

Over the gentle waves of the Puget Sound, April showers bring . . . . gray whales! And: vessels of whale-watching enthusiasts ready to scramble over the side of a boat—even pushing their own children aside—just to snap a photo of one of the most homely creatures I’ve been blessed to see. On a rare,… Continue reading How to Spot Gray Whales “Going Wild” On Their Spring Break Near Whidbey Island