I'm pleased to announce I've had a poem published in the summer edition of Rise Up Review. The poem is a based on my experiences and observations working in an elementary school the week after Parkland. It is a true story, with only a small measure of poetic license. I spent much of the past … Continue reading Rise Up Review
I'm honored to be invited to read a short selection of poems at 11:30 tomorrow at Redmond's annual Poets in the Park day. I'll be part of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) reading, which is the founding sponsor of this annual event. I've been attending RASP open mics for a few years. I love … Continue reading Poets in the Park
I’m happy to announce that the City of Corvallis, Oregon is dedicating a new ADA playground to my father. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ronald Naasko Playground will be at 3 pm Saturday, August 4 at Riverfront Park, just south of the fountain. Dad lobbied for this playground during the last several years of … Continue reading To be memoralized in the laughter of children
My youngest daughter is on a school trip to Eastern Europe. It is perhaps the grandest adventure of her young life so far, and certainly the longest and farthest she has been away from home on her own. She's doing great. I know she is doing great because we don't hear from her much. We … Continue reading The unexpected, in the expected
My cousin is diving into the family genealogy and has been texting me questions to fill in the family tree with names and dates and birth places. This is all good stuff to know and I know some of it, largely thanks to a family tree my grandma helped me fill out in grade school. … Continue reading The last cattle roundup
To Congress re: Another Guns, a metastasizing social ill fatal with children. Talk back to this country's native fathers.
Calm Change conditions to A habitat thinned of Layers of less Must.
A found poem from page 26 of Brene Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness, a gift from my bookstore daughter.
Playing the blame game scapegoating a masquerade of leadership.
Last week's BlackOut Poetry Challenge was to celebrate an Instagram poem with a blackout of their work. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about blacking out another poet's work. Can we really find new poems within poems? The answer turned out to be yes, and kind of. Here are my selections … Continue reading Found Poems No. 49-52: the Sigh of Trees to Introverts