Break Me

If I’ve learned anything from software development, it’s that the only way to make sure something is really strong is to spend a whole bunch of time finding out where it breaks and make it stop breaking. This is a sentiment I understand pretty deeply on a personal level. I like to see how far I can […]

What I’ve Been Up To

What a wild ride it’s been. I left my job at PNCA at the end of June 2016. I had a glorious summer with my daughter — the first one we’d had together since I started grad school in 2013. I also biked a bunch and enjoyed the sunshine. Starting in the fall I went […]

Eristalis Arbustorum – Hover Fly

Today’s bug of the day “Eristalis Arbustorum.” Looks like a bee, is a great pollinator, but it only has two wings, so… it’s a fly! They are often called hover flies or drone flies. Thats a great way to tell the difference, there are a great many flies out there acting like bees. They are […]

Julie Green at UPFOR Gallery

Julie Green (b. 1961 in Yokosuka, Japan) wanted to be a stewardess until age four, but became a painter instead. Green’s work has been featured in The New York Times, aWhole Foods mini-documentary, National Public Radio, Ceramics Monthly, Gastronomica, and 7th edition of A World of Art published by Prentice Hall. She has exhibited widely […]

Snake gulch canyon in arizona

I wrote this last year on the Signal Fire trip to Northern Arizona in Speing 2015: The sun is going down and the vibrant sages and oranges of the canyon and brush are slowly changing to soothing greys.  It is so quiet here. I feel like my head is the loudest sound in this canyon. […]


Today, sitting at my desk, there was a loud, low, rumbling and the building shook in response. It was probably a passing truck, but I imagined an expansive, thick, stampede of a cloud, effortlessly washing over the city, erasing everything in its path. I imagined lifting my hands to the sky in surrender. I thought […]

Opening Reception for Cavendish May 6th

Opening Reception: Friday, store May 6th, mind 2016, 6-8pm Downtown Portland Oregon (contact me for location) Viewing available by appointment. About “Cavendish” The ultimate slapstick prop, comedic use of the banana can be dated back at least four thousand years. The act of slipping on a banana peel has a knack of producing schadenfreude in […]

Fifth Wheel at Linfield Gallery

Fifth Wheel Opening Reception: Wednesday February 10th, 2016, 6-8PM Linfield Gallery Linfield College McMinville, OR Artists: Sarah Nance, Alanna Risse, Julia Oldham, Jane Schiffhauer Curator: Josephine Zarkovich

Forks over knives

I watched forks over knives again tonight. It is reminding me why this vegan diet idea is a good one. I feel old. I am 30 pounds over weight. I have fat on my upper ribs and it’s uncomfortable. My digestion, although better than it used to be, is still not so great. I don’t […]

Why I made the Jar of -Ness

In January of 2014 I was inspired by friends on Facebook to create a “2014 Jar of Awesomeness.” I was determined that 2014 was going to be a great year for my family. We were going to be so overflowing with awesomeness that we would stuff our quart-sized jar full of little slips of paper, […]