Thursday, March 29, 2018


Not much left of the wharf and warehouses that once lined the Wishkaw River. Example of Billy Gohl's Union Hall.
Lumber Mill on the waterfront
Sailing ship navigating Grays Harbor.

Today's fishing boats in the marina.
How we rock under the docks.
(Looking for Billy Gohl's victims)

Monday, March 26, 2018


Puget Sound is a large inland waterway stretching from Olympia to Vancouver BC. It's teeming with wildlife, waterfowl, and fish. It's an important shipping lane to major NW ports. Mt. Baker in the distance.
I have kayaked over 400 miles in inlets, bays and harbors. The Puget sound is a wonderful water sports area.


Salish art is rich in culture. Each motif portrays a spiritual being. Many legends are passed down from generation to generation. This is the life-giving Salmon Spirit.
Carved cedar masks inside longhouse.


Before the settlers arrived in the Northwest, Native Americans lived in longhouses. They hunted, fished and gathered shellfish from the abundant Puget Sound. Tillicum Village is a dinner theatre that portrays cuisine, customs, dance and art. 

Monday, February 26, 2018


Fireside Story League of Tacoma is hosting a World Storytelling Event. It will be from 6-9 at Antique Sandwich in Ruston, Wa.
I will be the MC for the evening.
I've told many tales from storytelling manuals at Toastmasters for the last four years. I had enough to fill one book. Shortly after publishing it, I created an instruction edition. Toasties Teacher has over two dozen hints on writing and publishing.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I finally published four manuscripts that have been collecting dust. They're now on Amazon.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

It's been a great year for  Toastmasters achievements. 
#1 President of Puyallup Valley Voices and we were Presidential Distinguished. 
#2 Area 44 Director and my five clubs attained Select Area Distinguished.
#3 Charted Sumner Lifelong Learners and our Division became Presidential Distinguished. 
$4 Formed NW Comedy Club and received a Triple Crown award. 
#5 The biggest award is a culmination of all: I received the highest award in Toastmasters.
        DTM (Distinguished Toastmasters)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016




Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Kissing the Blarney stone may give the kisser the gift of eloquent speaking. However, it isn't east. The kisser has to lay down and lean over backwards. Notice the people 130 feet below the tower?


Blarney Castle

Friday, April 29, 2016


Storytelling at the Puyallup RV show. They created a picnic area with fire ring. It was called S'mores Center. Kids could roast marshmallows and listen to tall tales. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Toastmasters speech contests are a great way to hone your public speaking. Two years ago I never would have gotten in front of a group to speak. Toastmasters has taught me a lot. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hot off the press!
Over 13 short stories on backpacking trips  in the Pacific NW.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Presents! Lots and lots. Whee! It's going to be sooo much fun opening them. Did I say presents?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I'm helping Grams wrap presents. this ever fun. I promise to keep my lips sealed what's in them. Don't ask me now.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Today is Gram's birthday. Oh, how I love birthdays. Especially chocolate cake and ice cream. And did I say presents? Oh yes! Lots of presents.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Today is the shortest day of the year. Horray! Now it will get lighter. I jumped out of bed before the sun came up and rushed outside. I danced around until sunrise. Oh what fun!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

I went back to the North Pole to give a report to Santa. He hired a new elf. EEKS! I was scared half to death when I first saw him. He's a nice guy when you get to know him.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wheee! Gramps has a fun house. I just found a merry-go-round. When I get dizzy, I fall to the ground. Don't worry. It doesn't hurt my fuzzy body. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Look what I found! Great Grandma's antique cedar chest full of my old friends. Lots of Teddy bears that came from Santa's workshop. Grams just couldn't let them go. They have sooo many memories. What fun to get reacquainted!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I helped Gramps draw this year's Christmas card. It's called 'Four calling birds. They originally were Colly birds. They're Eurasian blackbirds about the size of a robin. Gramps has each Colly bird singing parts of a song; Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


We watched the Seahawks play football. They played the Baltimore Ravens and won! 35 to 6. We decided to play some football ourselves out in the yard. I caught my very first catch. OOF! A football is really heavy. It was also my last catch. Now I'm on the injured list with multiple fractures all over my body.

Monday, December 14, 2015


I'm performing at Fireside Storytelling party tonight. Gramps is accompanying me with his guitar. This is so fun. Party, party, party.

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Gramps is always taking pictures of me. After he went to bed, I thought I'd try my hand at the camera. Whoa! It was heavy. I fell over and it pinned me to the table. Good thing Gramps heard all the racket. I'd still be squished under the camera.

Saturday, December 12, 2015


More Goodies! Gramps makes yummy fruitcakes. They have all kinds of dried fruit and nuts in them. There's figs, dates, blueberries, cranberries and three kinds of raisins. Plus, maraschino cherries and candied pineapple. It like cherries the best. Fruitcake goes so fast; he has to make four or five each holiday season. 

Friday, December 11, 2015


Today Grams made cookies. She made snicker doodles, ginger snaps and chocolate crinkles. I was the taste tester. Have to make sure they're good enough for Santa. They are. Gramps helped me test them out too. He thinks they're great. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Christmas music is ringing from Larry Krackle's log house. He purchased a hammered dulcimer. Drummer Bear decided to try his hand with the hammers. Can you guess what song he played?