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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.

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 […]

The Internship

The Internship

Let’s get one thing straight— I really do love Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson when they work a film together. There is a quirky kind of magic that emanates. They are funny, they self-deprecate, and they quote movie lines never heard by those under thirty. In the current film The Internship, as in The Wedding Crashers, […]

Seeking Asian Female, Documentary: Tonight on PBS

Seeking Asian Female, Documentary: Tonight on PBS

One of my favorite documentary films from this year’s Big Sky Festival: Seeking Asian Female airs tonight on PBS.  Funny, insightful, it explores the world of one 60- something Bay Area male who has a Yen for Asian Women, specifically Chinese women. Debbie Lum, a Chinese American independent filmmaker explores the phenom.The take away is […]

Yakima River guide

Love on the River, Fishing

Love on the River I have a confession: I love to fish. I learned to cast to rising trout with a fly rod and a dry fly from a moving boat on the Yakima River, with Chuck Cooper, guide. I swear, fishing saved me from drowning under the weight of children, husband and home in my […]

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2013

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2013

Tulips and Daffodils and Iris in the Skagit Valley: Festival Alert 2013 Spring is coming to the Skagit Valley in NW Washington State. If crocus are the harbingers of Spring, and daffodils the precursors to tulips, it’s going to happen again this year. Even though frost made an appearance last night, my crocus are blooming and […]

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2013, Where Reality Plays Itself.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2013, Where Reality Plays Itself.

Sergeant Dan Edwards, Andy Smetanka Big Sky Update Wednesday, Feb 27th update: I’m home and seguing into routines. I keep thinking about certain films. That quirky Love at a Certain Age keeps calling me. I’m including a trailer here for all of you. Watch for this film! Beg for it! Cross your fingers that Gil […]

Tweets from Birdfest, Edison, WA

Tweets from Birdfest, Edison, WA

It’s a non-Birdfest weekend, a Saturday morning in Edison, Washington. Population 200, maybe. With clear Groundhog-day skies, the sun reflects off  vintage glass panes of an eatery known as Tweets. Calling it a café-located-on-the-main-street-of-a-small-town does its location no justice. It’s on the only continuous street through town, which winds sharply left in front of the […]

Dakar, Senegal Revisited

Dakar, Senegal Revisited

©Ann Bodle-Nash As tensions rise in Mali, West Africa, I am recalling my trip to Africa. It was not so long ago and it was not to view wild animals in their majestic settings. No, that sort of trip would be to East Africa I suppose. The Senegal I experienced was not that sort of […]

Argo the Film vs Reality

Argo the Film vs Reality

©Ann Bodle-Nash Update: Congratulations: Oscar for Best Film: Argo. Argo, the acclaimed Ben Affleck directed film, is back in theatres across the nation. It has received  numerous awards—at the Golden Globes and Oscars for example. Most American viewers rave, and those who were living and remember the actual time period might well wonder, is this […]

Welcome to PDX Santa baby, Tuba Christmas 2012 is happening

Welcome to PDX Santa baby, Tuba Christmas 2012 is happening

Portland’s Union Station, where trains still run daily. ©Ann Bodle-Nash Portland, Oregon is jumping with roaming Santas and Tubas. Why would one expect less? With a population hovering just under 600,000 it is perceived  as a diverse Northwest city  in so many ways including culture, population, and topography. Portland has a collective social character unlike other cities in the Northwest, and has […]

Fall Into Paris

Fall Into Paris

Paris is one big, beautiful, gritty, historic monster of a village. Iconic neighborhoods, global ethnicities, and diverse languages swirl among the commotion of street markets, car horns, speeding motorcycles, whizzing bicycles, and dogs. French men in suave suits, French women in sleek, tight skirts, Germans in jeans, Americans in Nike’s, Swiss in hiking boots, and […]

Three Worthy Distractions in Paris

Three Worthy Distractions in Paris

Three worthy fall distractions in Paris:   1. The Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione: 110 Rue Amelot 75011 Paris, France                       01 47 00 28 81 October-March:  Daily at 2 pm and 5:15 PM As much spirited drama as possible to pack into two hours. Adults or children will be astounded. Animals and humans are featured. 2. Sunset on […]

Arroyo Grande, 93420--Nice Town, Normal People

Arroyo Grande, 93420–Nice Town, Normal People

©2012 Ann Bodle-Nash The ceramic coffee-shop mug reads: Arroyo Grande, California, 93420. Nice Town, Normal People. I start laughing. I’m not feeling normal. It’s day one of a three day, three-generational road trip by minivan, from north of San Francisco, down scenic Highway 101, to a family reunion in coastal central California. You remember family […]

A World Premier of Witches, The Musical

A World Premier of Witches, The Musical

  A new musical is brewing in the Northwest. Witches, the brainchild of Conrad Askland, premiered recently at the classic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mt. Vernon, WA. Based on historical accounts of the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692, Askland has crafted, and is still tweaking his original book, score and lyrics. I recently interviewed […]

Five Indie It sites: Arroyo Grande, 93420

Five Indie It sites: Arroyo Grande, 93420

  1. Pismo Beach State Park: The beach is located in the town of Oceano off Highway 1. A long expanse of golden sand with dunes, crashing Pacific Ocean breakers, ATV’s and cars allowed to drive on the sand. Near the towns of Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Los Osos. The famous Pismo Clams are gone. […]