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THE JOURNEY


Emmett Oliver by Kayti Sweetland Rasmussen For at least 8,000 years before Euro-Americans arrived, there flourished on the western shores of the North American continent a people and a culture highlighted by the omnipresent dugout canoe.  They hunted the sea, the woods were full of game and berries, and the air with fowl.  Food was […]

A BIRD IN A CAGE


Many years ago, before I discovered a classier way to earn some extra Christmas money, I painted signs and Santa Clauses on store windows.  It was seasonal of course, and on the first of December, your hands froze on the glass windows, but lots of people stopped and passed the time of day with me, and you’ll have […]

THE SWIMMER


They sat quietly, the boat drifting slowly, watching a ripple line on the clear and sunless water.  A run of humpback salmon was entering the river to spawn and two or three feet beneath the surface they could see hundreds of silvery fish, pressed tight, moving secretly, almost stealthily, with a kind of desperate urgency, […]

THE REDHEADS


Another Lady of the Night  KSR Red hair is the rarest natural color in humans.  Maybe that is why I so desired having it.  As a teenager I once knelt on our kitchen floor washing my hair in a bucket filled with chamomile tea because someone said it would make my hair turn red.  Alas, no such […]

THE NOSE KNOWS


Consider the nose; of course we all have one, but do you ever REALLY look at the other remarkable noses?  Billions of noses and not one alike.  Remarkable when you think about  it. As an artist, I am invariably aware of that protuberance when I look at those around me, whether to admire or to wonder […]

THROUGH A DOG’S EYES


Liza We are a dog-loving family, never having gone more than a month or two without benefit of loving brown eyes waiting to see what else they can do for you.  After one such period, I answered an ad for German Shepherd pups, and came home with an adorable black puppy whom we named Bella […]

REMEMBERING GLENN MILLER, 1904-1944


Glenn Miller’s recording of Moonlight Serenade was made in the summer of 1939.  World War II broke out that summer.  For the young of dancing age no sound recollects that time more than the sound of the Glenn Miller orchestra.   It was a time for having fun and perhaps falling in love before those boys were […]