Capturing Hedgebrook

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Hedgebrook Staff

Pallets against shed_bw_2_edit_smI have always loved photography. As a kid, I took my little point-and-shoot camera everywhere, taking pictures of friends, the backyard, the dog—anything I could find. I went on to take photography classes in high school and minored in it in college (along with women’s studies, of course). Now, I’m taking pictures for Hedgebrook.

When I started in my position of External Relations Manager just over 18 months ago, I didn’t know that photography was going to be part of my job. It’s been a gift for several reasons, but mostly because I get to use something I’m passionate about to help tell the story of Hedgebrook.

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Outliners Vs “Outlawers”

Posted on November 13th, 2014 by Hedgebrook Guest

Writers, I have generally observed, tend to write their first draft from one of two camps. They are either Outliners or Outlawers. Outliners prepare; they are ready; they have journals and graphs, stimulating scents and special writing music and Outlawers… well they don’t. I am a hand on heart confessed Outlawer. There is only one way I can write the first words of a new project, and that is running with my hands in the air screaming towards the amusement park of my imagination. I arrive at my keyboard on day one with a 100 different half-blown cobbled together ideas, scenes and sketchy characters all breaming inside me like a stove full of pressure cookers ready to blow. Then once, I start writing there is no real rhyme or reason to my first draft. My process goes something like this, Okay, first the Rollercoaster, no, no the Carousel, then the Ferris Wheel then I have to tackle those high swings and OMG is that the Haunted House. Usually what dictates the first tentative lines of my latest masterpiece is what shouts the loudest in the vaudevillian theater of my imagination. I can often start right in the middle of a story some odd, unimportant scene that has been haunting me for weeks. It comes to me complete with a gang of derelict characters that have been following me around like a bad smell hollering “me, me, pick me, write me.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Footbridge from Cedar Cottage

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Hedgebrook Guest

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The truth is, I resisted writing this blog. Not because I don’t love Hedgebrook — in fact I do, with every bone in my body. Not because the experience isn’t transformative — I cherish it as life-changing. Not because I don’t carry the feeling of writing in Cedar cottage with me— it’s in the blood pumping from my heart, braided into my double-helix, the DNA of who I am becoming.

Lying on a couch made of nine cows, home sick under a blue blanket, at high noon I realized I’ve resisted this. I can feign shock and pretend I don’t know why. I can make excuses about being swamped with preparing to go abroad, long hours selling fruits at the farmers market, the strain of reading statutes, the stress of moving across the country. But we are all too smart for that. Read the rest of this entry »

Passionate Tolbert

Posted on October 30th, 2014 by Hedgebrook Guest

And…you get some passion! And you get some passion! And, you, yes you, you get some passion too!

Passionate: The BAM plus POW I feel in my crooked big toe and heart. Simultaneously. The yes! Yes! Yes! I experience in my tear ducts. Think blue lightening meets shut the front door! Or maybe it’s the one dog-eared thought I cannot get over, get out, get through—get it? If you do get it, I feel thrilled. It took me nearly all of my adult life to understand following my passions is/was/be a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

How Satya Nadella sounds a lot like my brother and why that is not a good thing.

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by Hedgebrook Guest

I had just emerged from teaching a class in media studies at Seattle University last dt.common.streams.StreamServerThursday when I saw numerous posts on social media about remarks made by Satya Nadella. The recently installed Microsoft CEO was acting as the keynote speaker at a female-focused technology event when he was asked if he had any advice for women who are uncomfortable asking for promotions.

“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he said. “That might actually be one of the superpowers that women who don’t ask for raises have, because that’s good karma.” Read the rest of this entry »