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Washington Park Arborteum, zoo-time
My Seattle / Northwest Nature / Places to Go

Washington Park Arborteum, zoo-time

The Washington Park Arboretum is affectionately called the “zoo for trees.” Here is my urban oasis where I daydream, wander, and add to my journal one more reason why I love Seattle. In this wild kingdom of seemingly nonstop blossoming rhododendrons, Japanese maples and magnolias, more than 5,500 different kinds of plants and trees thrive. … Continue reading

Stealing Easter
Faith & Doubt / Family / Montana / Relationships

Stealing Easter

Growing up in Montana, Good Friday was an often snowy, three-hour noontime service, “Seven Last Words From the Cross.”  We got the day off from elementary school for such religious things back then. (Yes, I lived in ancient times.) Impressionable, I’d shed a tear as our Lutheran pastor whispered those first words from the cross: “Father, forgive them…”  … Continue reading

Russia’s Soup Kitchens
Aging / Because They Care / Beyond Seattle / Places of My Heart / Russia & Beyond

Russia’s Soup Kitchens

“SOCIAL UPHEAVAL MEANS SOUP KITCHENS, STRUGGLES FOR SOME RUSSIANS”(First published in The Seattle Times, 05/08/1994) [My note, years later: I like this story as a reflection of the times, showing the resilience of Russia’s elderly struggling to adapt to changes, even as they wondered where their next meal would come from.  I later volunteered at … Continue reading