Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Fifty Four

I’m a well-known note-taker. Today, dipping into the Notes app on my phone, I happened upon unedited notes from a talk by writer Ann Hood on how to write a kick-ass personal essay. I cleaned up my notes and share them here for my writer friends–and those readers who may wonder why they like a particular…

Lost Words

A is for acorn. B is for buttercup. C is for chestnut. Or maybe: A is for almond. B is for blackberry. C is for crocus. You recognize these words, right? They’re familiar, right? You can probably even picture the two-toned brown nut with its textured top hat. Possibly taste the juicy blackberry in your…

Politics Aside: We Must All Be Mothers of Nature

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead Late last year, at the same time the Presidential election results shook the nation, the majestic Laysan albatross started returning to Kaua‘i. They dropped their spatula-like feet and touched…

My Intersection of Science and Writing

The text came through one recent afternoon. It read: Got stinky whale to necropsy. 10’ pilot whale on rocks, fairly stinky. Looking for a couple folks to help carry/bury carcass. It’s def rocky, slippery and steep. No worries if busy tho. I responded that, yes, I was available to help. Do you WANT to tho?…