August 14, 2020

Roslyn Black Pioneers

(Roslyn Pioneers: Jim Shepperson, wearing suspenders, is the businessman who didn't tell Black miners in the eastern and midwestern states that they'd be arriving at the peak of a strike. Also pictured is Ethel Florence Williams (Craven) being held...

August 9, 2020

Samuel Craven, one of Roslyn's most respected miners, beloved husband to Ethel Florence Williams Craven, loving father to 13 (image courtesy of the Craven family)

Roslyn’s Black Pioneers: Unearthing a History

Every August the Craven family upholds an important tradition...

April 15, 2020

We're a month in to the social distancing mandate due to the threat of COVID-19, and I don't have something particularly original to share. But even though my takeaways are expressed in similar formats, perhaps they're worth repeating: 

You're allowed to be gr...

April 4, 2020

Chapter One: March 1889

When he emerged from underground after hours of toil, David couldn’t deny the protest of his back any longer. But two years over thirty, his body gave him pain that he didn’t think he’d feel until he was an old man. He knew the men who worked bel...

July 14, 2019

*written for "Choices" magazine/ summer 2019 edition

There's nothing like a milestone to make you take inventory of your life's accomplishments (or lack thereof). My twentieth high school reunion is approaching this summer, and while I see a few fine lines in the mirror...

April 24, 2019

Write what you know.” I believe it’s the most common writing advice an aspiring author will hear. It’s a worthy consideration, but it’s seemed hollow at times and not always helpful. While it’s important to write from what one knows of life: its wonder, joys, triumphs,...

August 17, 2018

written for "Choices" magazine 

If Washington state is known for anything in its late August days, its the detrimental wildfires. Threatening, sometimes devastating, the flames spread through farmland, creating chaos and rendering the sky full of hazy smoke. For most th...

June 2, 2018

*article written for Judi Moreo's personal growth/development publication, "Choices"

When considering life's journey, it helps to think of myself ascending a spiral staircase. This visual reminds me that there are steps behind, steps still ahead, and that anything I'm c...

February 18, 2018

for "Choices" publication 

When these moments happen, they give you pause. Sometimes you feel chills up and down your spine at the stunning nature of them. Or they make you shake your head because they're that uncanny and so incredibly personalized to your situation. Sy...

February 7, 2018

  • Do you want to live out of fear or love? It's become the guiding question of my life, and I'm grateful for it. I know which one wins as I pick up the pen and share a reflection on February 5, 2018, the day we were supposed to meet our third child.

  • Why fear at...

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