Oysterville Daybook Archives

On being garrulous (i.e. to rattle on…)

On being garrulous (i.e. to rattle on…)

Today I went to Astoria's Tillicum House at the invitation of Dayle Olson, one of the co-producers of a KMUN program called "River Writers,"  a Writer's Guild 30-minute show hosted on alternate weeks by Dayle and by Marianne Monson.  It airs...

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A Midnight Visit With My Mom

A Midnight Visit With My Mom

"Why did you quit talking?" I asked her. "Because no one listened any more," she answered. I was having this conversation with my mother last night.  It was a dream and was laden with those half-realities.  Dementia did, indeed, rob my mother of...

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You just can’t get there from here…

You just can’t get there from here…

Some of the local wags probably still direct tourists to Leadbetter Point when asked about the bridge over to North Cove and Tokeland.  I must say, it is tempting advice to give.  I wish I had a nickel for all the drivers who have stopped me as I...

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Re: excerpts, bylines, and being persnickety

Re: excerpts, bylines, and being persnickety

A few months ago, when the editors of “Columbia” magazine asked to use an excerpt from my Jailhouse Stories, I was quite pleased.  It had been a long time since I’d had an article in that prestigious publication – the quarterly periodical of the...

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Nice Day for a Drive!

Nice Day for a Drive!

Yesterday was gorgeous here on the coast!  One of those blue-sky-no-wind days.  Had it been a Sunday, it was the kind of day my dad would have said to mom, “Let’s go for a drive.”  That was the thing to do back in the forties and fifties – before...

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An Unexpected Opportunity

An Unexpected Opportunity

An early morning email brought the possibility of an entirely new line of book-talk options for Jailhouse Stories from Early Pacific County.  Maybe.  It was from the publisher’s marketing specialist and this is what it said: The International...

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Now’s your chance!

Now’s your chance!

I’m always taken aback when someone tells me they’ve never been to the Pacific County Historical Society Museum in South Bend.  Especially if the ‘someone’ purports to be a history buff!  Admittedly, these are usually people who live in “South...

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Out of yet another loop?

Out of yet another loop?

My publicist (PUBLICIST???  I have a publicist???) contacted me last week and said that I have a July 6th book-signing date scheduled at Pacific County Historical Society.  Wow!  Since most book marketing opportunities in the past have usually been...

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A Lot to Live Up To!

A Lot to Live Up To!

It’s not that I wasn’t forewarned.  When Cate Gable came over and spent an hour or so with me, asking questions and snapping pictures, I knew that she was planning to mention me and my new book in her column.  But… wow! I was hardly prepared to see...

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