Lughnasad 2017

Being Pagan is difficult.  Sure there’s discrimination, nasty comments, and the like, but you also have to figure out when to celebrate your holidays.  Christians have it easy; the calendar is designed around their holy days, church happens every Sunday.  But for Pagans it’s a bit more difficult.  Astronomers have been kind enough to track the solstices and equinoxes for us and make those dates readily available, but when it comes to the cross-quarter days, we’re on our own.

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Feral Cat Solutions

This morning I met with the Latah County Commissioners.  I have included my PowerPoint presentation here:

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Because I gave more detail in the presentation than is contained in the PowerPoint slides, I have attached a PDF of my notes: Feral Cat Fact Sheet.

And you can see the letter I wrote to the County Commissioners which resulted in my being granted an audience here: May 18-Cats


Since submitting the SNAP application on May 15, 2017 I have managed to capture 3 kittens.  It’s been a month and SNAP has yet to contact me regarding my application, so their statement that it may take up to a month to receive a decision is false.  It clearly takes OVER a month.  And in case you’re curious, that mama cat, who had the first litter last year, and another litter this year, is pregnant again.  Obviously, taking prompt action to reduce the number of stray and feral animals isn’t much of a concern for them.

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SFCC Creative Writing Club Creations, June 2017

It’s been a busy quarter at the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Center.  I’m the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, which undertook a joint venture with Film Club this year.  The Creative Writing Club produced a screenplay, which the Film Club then produced.  The final product was released at an end-of-quarter showing on June 8th.

When the script was complete, the club decided that they wanted to try their hand at comic strips and came up with a couple of fun ones.  Those were displayed on the big screen in the foyer, enabling them to share their creativity with the rest of the student body.  I received permission from some of the students to display their work here.

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We made the Paper, June 2017

It’s always nice to see your name in print, even if it’s not on the cover of a book!  This morning one of the writing groups I belong to made the paper again.  The story, “Locals find their writing zone at the coffee shop” was featured on the front page of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy a copy of the paper to read the whole story.  In addition to quotes from yours truly, the story also features quotes from fellow writers, Sonya Bramwell, Leona Ahles, and Jay Dearien.

You can learn more about this group, as well as other groups around the Palouse by visiting the Palouse Writers’ Guild Meet-up Page.


Idaho Climate Science Curriculum

Education officials unveiled updated climate science curriculum standards on Friday, May 19th, after collecting more than 1,000 public comments. The new revisions to Idaho’s K-12 science standards downplay the impacts of human activity on climate change in order to appease Idaho’s Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Wishing Upon a Star

So far, May has been full of good news.  After hosting a successful workshop for the Palouse Writers’ Guild, the Guild received a favorable write-up in the Inland 360, which ran in both the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Lewiston Tribune.  Then I received an Honorable Mention Award for a short-story I entered in the 2017 Idaho Writers’ Guild Writing Contest.

Wishing upon a Star is a work of short fiction that explores the far reaching effects of child abuse and examines how it can be a catalyst for events that occur well into adulthood.   You can read the story here:  Wishing upon a Star.  Other award-winning short stories can be found under the Short Fiction tab.


It’s Official: SFCC Pullman has Moved!

Sasquatch is on the move in Latah and Whitman Counties . . . In the days following the SFCC Pullman Center’s move to the Washington State University campus, Bigfoot was sighted in nearby Latah County where a motorist swears she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along the highway just north of Potlatch.  Perhaps Skitch invited a few friends over to check out his new digs and they tried grabbing some food on the way.

Skitch’s new stomping grounds will be the Math Annex located on the WSU campus.  Approximately 200 students will start classes in the new building on April 3, 2017.  Being on the WSU campus will expose SFCC students to university life and enhance their college experience. There isn’t enough classroom space in the Math Annex, so some students will have classes across campus in Krugal Hall. Continue reading



It’s Springtime on the Palouse, 2017

I was available to photograph the Palouse River as it crested this morning at just over 17 feet.  The pictures are below.