Category Archives: Personal Essays

“It is the heart that leads me to places that challenge my comfort” by Serina Holmstrom

Serina offers her thoughts on helping serve meals to the homeless at the “PopUp Kitchen” I walked up to him, asking if he’d had enough to eat. I couldn’t understand his reply. He was standing by himself, far away from … Continue reading

Posted in Gentrification, Healing, Homelessness, Personal Essays

Neil Powers memorial services October 6th 3pm Seattle First Baptist Church – former aid to Peter Steinbrueck, GLBT activist, housing and homeless advocate, and good friend of mine

It came as terrible shock to all of us who had the good fortune to know and work with Neil Powers, especially those of us who have maintained longstanding and close friendships with him.   Two weeks ago Neil Powers passed … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Essays, Uncategorized

Ray Jackson passes away at age 83; Husky football legend, community leader, role model and coach of mine

Husky Rose Bowl great made decades-long contributions beyond football and should be remembered for his early role in the fight for racial equality in the school’s sports program  – John Fox reprinted from April edition of City Living and other … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Essays, racial justice

My oldest brother

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel, Contributing Writer My brother David wasn’t around by the time I was born. He was eighteen years older than me, and from the time he … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Healing, Personal Essays, Rebekah Demirel articles

Plants and People

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel As long as I can remember, planting, watering and weeding has been a solace for me. Pulling weeds feels cathartic and cleansing. You have to … Continue reading

Posted in Healing, Personal Essays, Rebekah Demirel articles, Trees, parks, and open space