Coffee Hour: “Freelance Writing Today” with Steve Bunk.

Coffee Hour:
“Freelance Writing Today” with Steve Bunk

Are you interested in freelance writing?  This workshop by Steve Bunk will cover marketplace opportunities and challenges, along with technologies and strategies for contemporary writers, including how to submit work to magazines.

Steve Bunk is a Boise journalist who edits Idaho Magazine. Previously, he wrote about biological research for The Scientist, and before that was based in Australia, where he filed magazine and newspaper reports from throughout that country and Southeast Asia for fifteen years. He also has worked in corporate communications in Boise and as a writer and editor in Athens, Greece. His nonfiction account, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil, was published in 2014 by New West Books.

Date: Saturday, April 29th
Location: 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho.

Doors open at 9:30 AM and program will begin at 10 AM.  Coffee will be served.  Attendance is limited to the first 40 participants.  For questions or to register, email Khaliela Wright at or visit our Meet-up website:

Partial funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Latah County Arts Committee.

This event is sponsored by the Palouse Writers’ Guild.
*The Palouse Writers’ Guild does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity/national origin, religion, gender identity/sexual orientation, disability, age, marital/family/parental status, or political beliefs.


Yuletide Greetings

‘Tis the season to make an ass of yourself.  There is nothing like proclaiming the love of Jesus that brings out the downright-nasty-not-niceness in Christians each December.

Spiteful memes show up in Facebook feeds stating, “It’s Merry Christmas, say the fucking words, damn it!” “Stop the War on Christmas,” “Put Christ back in Christmas!” and my personal favorite, “When someone wishes you ‘Happy Holidays’ remind them that ‘Holidays’ are HOLY DAYS!”  The problem with the holy days proclaimers, and the majority of Christians, is that they fail to realize there is more than one holiday in December and most of them pre-date Christianity.

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The President Elect

To entertain myself, and occasionally my children, I create political cartoons.  My latest creation ran in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on November 21, 2016.  The cartoon was also offered to the Spokesman Review for the Huckleberries Online Blog, a site which has previously published my work.  Unfortunately, they declined this one, stating, “I don’t like the word “racist” used on my blog to label anyone unless someone is a card-carrying, Richard butler-type racist — dfo.”  C’est la vie.


Blessed Samhain


This year the midpoint between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice happens on November 6th.  It’s time to give thanks for the harvest and the hunt.  As the earth slowly dies back and year draws to a close, take time to remember loved ones who have passed and know that we will soon be greeted with new blessings in our lives.

Happy Lughnasad


When I was a child, somewhere deep within me, I knew I needed to celebrate ‘mid-summer.’  The drive was so strong that, when I was about 10 years old, I actually got out a calendar and counted all the days between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox.  Ever since then I’ve been celebrating in early August.

This year the mid-point occurs on August 6th.

Imagine my surprise when, as an adult, I discovered there was an actual holiday, associated with a real religion in early August.  Even more surprising was that they observed all my “made up” holidays.  (The quarter days and the cross-quarter days.)  Sometimes the call to honor the seasons runs so deep that even an unsuspecting 10 year-old in Idaho cannot help but heed it.

Since the scorching summer sun beats down on the fields, ripening the wheat, the Palouse smells faintly of baking bread every August.  To observe the holiday I’m making fresh bread, then heading outside with a glass of wine to catch the beginnings of the Perseid Meteor Shower.  (Peak is August 11 & 12, shortly after midnight.)  I hope all of you find a way to celebrate the rotating wheel of the year, too.

Going for the Glug


From time to time I have random thoughts, which generally devolve into silliness owing my propensity to share them.  Today’s random thought involved vodka, English weights and measures, and of course, coconuts.  Social media is great for sharing random thoughts and the following was posted for the benefit of friends and strangers:

How much vodka is in a glug? As in, I found a big glass, added OJ, added grapefruit juice, added squirt, then dumped vodka in and the bottle went, “glug, glug, glug, glug.” How much is 4 glugs of vodka?

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Happy Solstice


Take some time to enjoy the longest day of the year.  This morning I printed my manuscript and sent it off to the copy editor.  Tonight, at sundown, the working copy of my manuscript and associated notes will be burned, in what I hope will amount to a deep cleansing breath.   I’m looking forward to new beginnings as I move into summer.

SFCC Pullman Finds New Home

Kruegel HallThe Pullman Center of Spokane Falls Community College, which was in danger of being shut down just a few weeks ago, has found a new home.

In May, President Janet Gullickson made some announcements regarding the possible closure of the Pullman Center and even held applications for admission and sent letters to prospective students saying the Center would only be operating with limited classes for Fall 2016.  This resulted in students and faculty rallying to show support for the campus, especially since the campus was a profitable venture.

Since the center’s lease for the space in the Gladish Community and Cultural Center ends in June 2017 there was an opportunity to find other space that would cost less to rent.  An appropriate location was found in Kruegel Hall on the Washington State University campus.  Kruegel Hall offers ample space for classrooms and offices for less rent, making the Pullman Center even more profitable.

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SFCC Pullman Campus Might Close

Janet Gullickson, President of Spokane Falls Community College, visited the Pullman Center on Wednesday, May 4th, and informed students, faculty, and staff that the campus may close its doors at the end of the quarter.  The reason, she said, was a $2 million dollar budget shortfall.

That afternoon, students took to the streets protesting the possible closure.  The announcement came after financial aid deadlines had passed.  A campus closure would leave many in the cold, without an opportunity to apply for financial aid at any other colleges or universities next year.  The students involved in the protest posted pictures on Facebook, but the administration in Spokane quickly demanded that the photographs and comments be removed.

SFCC Students

As an economist, I know that hard managerial decisions must be made.  I also know that those decisions need to be based on good information and facts, not emotions.  As luck would have it, the day following Janet Gullickson’s announcement, the lecture covering the shut-down case was scheduled for Econ 201, microeconomics.  The lecture was silent, students wide-eyed with fear, were still processing the information from the previous day, and learning a rather hard reality in class.

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