What’s New, Pussycat?

You’re welcome for the earworm. If you don’t know what an earworm is, or what song that’s supposed to be, you might be a millennial. Or whatever the fuck Gen Z is. Yesterday marks one year that I’ve been in Portland. Or it marks the day that I left Albuquerque. I can’t seem to easily […]

Mirror, Mirror

Today I started a task I’ve been dreading for quite some time. I began sorting through all the things I brought with me from my old life in New Mexico. When I arrived in Portland, I threw these things into the back of my two new closets and gradually piled pieces of the new life […]


The pendulum swings back and forth, up and down, here and there. I know my “public” interface on this site is on a pastel background and has a nice font and is light and bright (“public”, is that you, Ghost?). Trust me, it’s not like that on this end. Over here, the screen is black, […]

Double Standards

OK Ghost, listen up. It’s time to talk about everyone’s most favorite topic….sexual harassment! Yes, dear Ghost, it might not be a fun subject, but we’re going to trot out this old nag and give her a once over. No, not me. The topic. Focus. Twice in about the last two months I’ve had an […]

Steve, the Sea, and the New Purple Bike

I’m decompressing. It was a whirlwind of a weekend with lots of Love. Lots of Bikes. Some new Friends. A Dog and a Dog-adjacent being. The weekend started with me learning a very important lesson about leaving Portland for destinations north on a Friday afternoon. I thought I was beating the traffic by leaving at […]

The Theory of Relativity

How a 43 Year Old Woman Took Up BMX Racing: A Cycling Love Letter This epic tale requires a little bit of background. Please bear with me while I set the stage for one of the most important episodes of my life. I learned to ride a bike when I was six years old on […]

What is the Right Thing?

I did a thing tonight and it pains me. This week I had to give an hour-long presentation to our college-aged intern on the finer points of lithic analysis, so I spent most of the week on that. Once I gave the presentation on Friday, I turned my attention to an article I’m enjoying writing, […]

The Handmaid’s Tale

The thing has happened. Roe v Wade has been overturned by the highest court in the land. I’m not going to go into why this is a travesty of justice, because if you don’t already know, you probably won’t want to read on. There are enough memes and commentary floating around on the internet right […]

Always a Bridesmaid

I dated a guy when I first moved to Oregon. It was absolutely amazing how quickly he realized he’d made a mistake and didn’t want to date me anymore. I dated a guy a couple of months later who made it apparent after a couple of evenings that he wasn’t interested in me, either. Tonight […]