The Half-Million Dollar Rat Hotel

And other stories of the rats who love Seattle’s housing boom. Reposted from Medium just because I really like this piece. There are two kinds of homeowners in Seattle, my dad used to quip, those who know they have rats and those who don’t. And it’s true: according to the 2013 American Housing Survey, Seattle is…

Fine Particles of Brilliant Forests, Burning

Lately, as everyone knows, Seattle has been smoky, the air quality Victorian, the particulate levels exceedingly high. Particulates: the particular bits of the burning things, the things burning being the Northwest’s forests, the forests and their beings. Which are first of all trees: snags, sprouts, saplings, old growth, monoculture third growth firs. And spruce needles,…

Hello!

It’s summertime and it’s hot and we’d probably both like to be swimming. Yesterday I fished a live pill bug out of my daughter’s mouth. It uncurled itself in my palm. It went on living. Please stick around if you would like. You can read everything I know I’ve published here. Or go outside and…