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Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

When I was a bright-eyed 25-year-old I rode nearly 6 hours in a car from Portland, Oregon, with Ursula Le Guin to the Winter Fishtrap Gathering in Enterprise, Oregon. We stopped to eat lunch at a casino on her request because she had never been in one. At the end of the conference, when we said goodbye, she called me “sweetie.” Sweetie only feels good from someone grandmotherly and it felt good. I’m so glad I got to meet her…

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How I’m Surviving the Fires: A Product Guide

How I’m Surviving the Fires: A Product Guide

I have asthma, so the smoke billowing from the nearby Eagle Creek Fire (and others!) is very serious for me. I’m not leaving the house unless I really need to. Except that time yesterday when a neighbor said they had 6 pounds of free plums and I was on them like a colony of sugar ants. For the past few days it has been raining ash upon my my home. Today, it looks just as smoky but at least our…

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Brides of March and Kristen Schaal

Brides of March and Kristen Schaal

Saturday was Brides of March. EVERY attendee dresses in a wedding dress and we marry public art. I won a dance contest by flailing around and howling like a monster. The prize was an airplane bottle Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire. On our way to Momo’s, April saw a familiar woman. “Is that…?” she asked me. “Looks like her, but I don’t think so,” I said. “Are you…?” she asked the brunette. “Yes,” said Kristen Schaal. “Are you having fun in…

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