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Author Archive for Ann Bodle-Nash

Ann Bodle-Nash: A free-lance traveler since the age of 11 months, little moss grows on her soles. With relatives and friends scattered across the globe, she finds frequent excuses to travel. But travel in the West is best--those quiet corners of weirdness are like light to a moth, burning with intensity, encouraging curiosity and discovery. She imagines the glory of 30 days of continuous floating and fly fishing on the Yellowstone River after watching a documentary on same. Currently living in Washington State with her husband.

Birthday Angst-Short Fiction

Birthday Angst-Short Fiction

  Irene’s birthday was around the corner and George was worried. He knew women took birthdays seriously as a marker of devotion from their husbands and families, but this year was proving tough. He knew he’d  better start considering his options, but he was so conflicted. “Are you looking forward to your birthday Irene?”  George […]

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried, the Viet Nam War related book by Tim O’Brien, is once again the focus of community reflection. Chosen as Missoula’s Big Read of 2014, he will appear on October 28th, 2014 as part of the University of Montana’s President’s Lecture Series. He will speak about his book and the […]

Migrant Sun-- Ramon Mesa Ledesma

Migrant Sun– Ramon Mesa Ledesma

  Ramon Mesa Ledesma, author of Migrant Sun,  is an Indie author with stories to share of the Latino Migrant Experience in the United States from his personal experience. I met him recently and we talked about his work. He is a soft spoken man with a powerful message.   The thirty thoughtful poems in […]

Curtis Salgado, the original Blues Brother

Curtis Salgado, the original Blues Brother

Curtis Salgado, vocals, harmonica– Curtis Salgado is the original Blues Brother, his essence captured, integrated and performed by deceased actor John Belushi many years ago, in the film The Blues Brothers, according to press accounts. Salgado on the other hand is still alive, singing and dancing his way across stages in the Northwest. A white […]

The Good Life

The Good Life

The Good Life   Martha had not thought about him in years. It wasn’t that he had not played a pivotal role in her development, because he had. Her first boyfriend, first kisses, first prom, first dates in a car, first squirming around with tangled clothing. But so many years had passed that those events […]

Powell's Books—the Greatest Browse On Earth

Powell’s Books—the Greatest Browse On Earth

  Portland Revisited: Powell’s Books—the Greatest Browse On Earth A few months ago an esteemed former writing teacher of mine wrote an op-ed piece about the Bolinas, California Library’s decision to empty their shelves of some older printed books and make a switch to e-books and new best sellers . He was aghast.  I understand the […]

Quilt Speak

Quilt Speak

Quilt Speak I am packing my duffle for the weekend and awaiting my ride 80 miles to the north—somewhere north of Polson, Montana—with Jane, a woman I have only met through email. Jeans, t-shirts, Griz sweatshirt, underwear, socks, computer, bottle of wine, homemade gingersnaps, and homework go into the bag. I think hard about where […]

Fishing Adventures in Man Camp

Fishing Adventures in Man Camp

Adventures In Man Camp Although fishing season seems far off from where I sit, I know spring is headed this way. And once again it will be time to think about fishing: the mental preparation required to locate my gear and organize it, the thinking about where to go to fish, and dreams of catching […]

Nebraska the movie: A trip with Dad

Nebraska the movie: A trip with Dad

“Nebraska” the movie could be subtitled: Taking a trip with Dad to a place he’s determined to go, even if you know he’s confused. He wants to go and you cave in, figure you owe him this last wish, think perhaps you will learn something about the both of you along the way.   “Nebraska”  the […]

Chihuly Garden and Glass Exposition Seattle

Chihuly Garden and Glass Exposition Seattle

  The Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass Exposition  is the place to be when our Northwest winter weather dims your enthusiasm and you begin to crave light.  Run to Seattle and look for the taller-than-life glass flowers announcing the entrance to this wonderland of visual art. Head to the Seattle Center grounds, bordered by  the Space […]

Joel Brock-- Skagit Valley Landscape Artist

Joel Brock– Skagit Valley Landscape Artist

Joel Brock, beloved and well known NW Skagit Valley landscape artist, died this past Sunday, October 27 at the age of 52 from complications of a stomach ulcer. He drew and painted Skagit Valley landscapes for more than two decades: the Samish River, river dikes, the sloughs with sedges, poplars,  flat farmland, Cascade Mountain foothills and […]

Doctober Film Festival

Doctober Film Festival

Doctober is a month-long  Documentary Film Fest during the month of October at the Pickford Theatre, a hip venue for Independent films in Bellingham, Washington. While continuing to play a selection of Indy films on one side of the two-screen theatre downtown and in its companion Limelight theatre, a firestorm of documentaries roll through the schedule […]

Fall in the Pacific Northwest

Fall in the Pacific Northwest

  Fall in the Pacific Northwest. It’s raining outside. Of course—some would say—this is Washington the Evergreen State. How do you think it stays this way? But I know it does not always rain here. September’s brilliance is just passing from memory, with days that pushed 80 degrees, definitely lots of 70s and then 60s. […]

The Fort Smith, Big Horn River Montana Chronicles

The Fort Smith, Big Horn River Montana Chronicles

  The Fort Smith, Big Horn River, Montana Chronicles Part One Extended road trips, with uncertain agendas are rare and surprising. This month I found myself wandering between Ft. Smith, Missoula, Twin Bridges and Bozeman (Montana) for fly fishing, with a desire to travel on south to Yellowstone and the Teton National Parks— those icons […]

Etna Green, Indiana: America’s Heartland

Etna Green, Indiana: America’s Heartland

Etna Green, Indiana , a pretty little town of just under 600 inhabitants, sits along the south side of old Route 30, about 40 miles south of South Bend. Chicago is a distant thought, three hours to the northwest. The town of Warsaw, its big brother, is a mere ten miles to the east. The […]

The Washington State Marijuana Conundrum

The Washington State Marijuana Conundrum

Washington State is swirling in a Marijuana Conundrum. In November of 2012 Washington State voters approved Initiative 502, which provides for the legal recreational use of marijuana. Never mind that the federal government calls it a controlled substance, an illegal drug. Pay no attention to the recent problems of nearby Montana with  medical marijuana dispensary […]

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