October 2014

The Train Wreck Bar & Grill

We stopped at the Train Wreck Bar & Grill for breakfast in Burlington, WA on our way east to the gorgeous North Cascade National Park. It’s an odd shaped brick building, long and narrow, standing alone next to the train tracks on Fairhaven Ave, just a few blocks off [...]

October 29, 2014

Short Story – “Expectations”

I stand in front of the full-length mirror and wrap my arms around a monstrous mound of belly. I look huge. The bright red top I picked up from the op-shop this morning does nothing for me. It’s comfortable though. And God knows, a girl in this state needs comfort! I feel the [...]

October 20, 2014

The History of This: Jack o’ lanterns

Roman scholars wrote the first descriptions of jack-o-lanterns after their conquest of the Celtic lands. They were horrid faces, carved on hollowed out turnips or beets and lit with a glowing ember. The Celts celebrated Samhain, a fall equinox ritual, at least as early as the [...]

October 15, 2014

Exploring Langley, Washington

Drive under a canopy of heavy wooded evergreen trees before a glimpse of coastline greets you, or stretch out your arms on the deck of a ferry and fly alongside seagulls as you approach the petite historical town of Langley, WA perched on the outskirts of Whidbey Island. Welcome [...]

October 9, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Digital Theatre

Curtains pass over my head and the walls bleed sound. An organ has eaten into the stage, a Wurlitzer 2-manual 7-rank style D-2 ‘special,’ a master of machination within the walls, an orchestra of keys and pedals, of strings and pipes and percussion, of two hands and two [...]

October 7, 2014

The Chip Butters Story

When Chip Butters was a teenager, contemplating his prospects and future in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, he was torn. He longed to contribute to the sounds of a musical world he had discovered listening to Led Zeppelin records on his giant 1970’s headphones, and he [...]

October 1, 2014