This blog is to showcase writing, pure and simple. Unlike most blogs that have a focus, this blog may wander as far as topics go. I’m okay with that, for the writing is really about life’s everyday adventures. I’m hoping that readers will drop in to read stories, recipes with playlists, political commentary, and my narratives on rediscovering who I am now that I’m no longer “Ms. Powell.”
The first time I blogged was in 2009 when my family and I traveled in Europe. That was a private blog, just for friends. This past year I wrote an anonymous blog called Lame Duck on an Empty Nest, which included snarky political posts and comments on teaching. And let’s not forget those damn migraine pieces. Yeah, that’s been a personal struggle. I’ll post some of the more popular pieces from both of those old blogs just to get things started.
I’ve just retired from twenty-seven years of teaching high school history and political science. I absolutely loved it (well most days). That career took me to jobs as varied as my first job on the Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana to Salzburg, Austria. I spent the past 18 years teaching on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. I hold a Master’s Degree in Women’s History, and I’m thrilled to be starting serious historical research again. Right now my topics of inquiry are the 18th Century Philippines, the Pacific fur trade, and a small ship named the Fair American, the cannon of which was integral in Kamehameha I’s unification of the Hawaiian islands. I’m married to a great guy who keeps me up to date on international politics and have a daughter in college who keeps us both up to date on the latest idioms. We’re owned by a rescue Border Collie and two cats.
Our immediate adventure is to move from Vashon Island in the Puget Sound to the Big Island of Hawaii. I hope you’ll travel with me in my narratives, my commentaries, my recipes, and my occasional poems.