I used to require my college writing students to attend: MFA in Writing Residency Brings Top Writers to Seaside for Nightly Readings in January The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program hosts readings by top contemporary writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside. The series offers a rare opportunity to hear these [...]

DO AS I SAY, not as I do?

Why is it that I do not feel better when my country is doing it instead of some other country doing it? Isn't that what we are all supposed to have learned in Kindergarten? “ 'A nation that willfully destroys another country’s heritage would be no better than the criminals who have destroyed irreplaceable sites [...]


During our walk yesterday, a wave swept up a hundred yards over the sand and another ten yards into the rocks. This was nothing unusual. We pay attention, so we knew to move higher onshore and are rarely caught. We are particularly careful where there is no place to escape should a wave sweep all [...]