Opal Nova

A bright distant star of inspiration and imagination

Dragon Boat Fabrics

I began designing some dragon boat fabrics while homesick and landlocked in the Midwest. Nothing seemed better than a cruise down the cool Willamette after experiencing the simmering Southern Illin...

Mermaid Coloring Book

I have been drawing this for several years, but only recently put it together. When I am drawing, I often draw a portion of something on a larger scale. I have to outline this with a pen, then get ...

Growing Up

When I was a kid we went to Klickitat Falls to watch our Grandpa and Uncles fish. We were amazed to see Grandpa still fishing at his age. He used to ride in a small wooden box, attached to a pulley...


Coloring Poster

I had been waiting for an announcement that Margaret Atwood would tour for The Heart Goes last in Portland for a while. When the schedule was finally announced I tweeted that I wished they would ha...

The Heart Goes Last

Fair warning that every review has the potential of significant spoilers! The Heart Goes Last: This is a portrait of modern society, painted as a dystopia. What happens when people aren’t happy, a...

Adventures In Thrifting

Last Sunday, my daughter and I went out to do some thrifting. We rummaged through the bins in Sellwood for a bit. I found a used marker board and two books & a basic sweatshirt. I bought a green sh...


Three Old-timey Books

Fair warning that every review has the potential of significant spoilers! Lost Nation: I really kept wanting to hate this book, but it was worthwhile. It reminded me a bit of David Guterson's Snow...

Three Autism Books

Fair warning that every review has the potential of significant spoilers! Neurotribes: If you only have time to read the chapter about Bernie Rimland and the epilogue, do that. What I find most in...

Three Dystopias

Fair warning that every review has the potential of significant spoilers! On Such a Full Sea: I liked the plural narrative because it helped me explore whether or not the story or true. I imagine ...


Surprise! I‘m an Artist.

When I was a kid I drew a lot of fashionable ladies in fancy clothing. I started drawing fairies and other things eventually. I opposed any extracurricular classes besides my art class. I was signi...

The Goldfinch

Fair warning that every review has the potential of significant spoilers! The Goldfinch: I got through this book somewhat quickly. This is a surprise for me, since I am typically a super slow read...

Hibernation Preparation

I brought the scraps out to the chickens after breakfast. I had a big bowl of cereal. Grandma bought all the kinds I loved. There were twelve chickens, clucking and purring and scratching and pecki...


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