Author Archives: Brenda Buchanan

Helping With Hunger During the Pandemic

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is, in a word, overwhelming. The scale of our collective loss–especially of lost lives–is so enormous it’s hard to comprehend. Uncertainty about the future affects our mood, our sleep, our plans, our worldview. Still, … Continue reading

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My Thoughts Are Like Sanderlings

During this trying time my brain frequently skitters from thought to thought in approximately the same manner as this flock of sanderlings feeding along the line of an incoming tide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh71ExBEXfI The best I can do under the circumstances is … Continue reading

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PLEASE DON’T HATE ME, BUT I GOT A BOOK DEAL AND QUIT MY DAY JOB: A GUEST POST BY REGAN ROSE

I’m delighted to welcome Regan Rose to MCW today, who has thrilling news to share. Like me, Regan juggled writing with her work as a Portland lawyer until last fall, when her life took a sharp turn in a happy … Continue reading

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Hacking Winter

Life Hack (noun) : Definition of life hack informal : a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently – Merriam-Webster Dictionary. We didn’t use the term “life hack” when I was … Continue reading

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Heralding Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Return

Do you know Clare and her husband Russ? Have you missed them? If so, I have terrific news—they’re back, or they will be on April 7 when dear friend and MCW blog alum Julia Spencer-Fleming will launch into the world … Continue reading

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O Tannenbaum!

Our neighborhood is especially bright with holiday lights this year, a reflection, perhaps, of a shared yearning to lessen the darkness in our world. Before the recent snow, we strung some white lights around the yard, but it was far … Continue reading

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Stockpiling Inspiration like Acorns to Carry Us Through the Winter

How is it mid-November already? I’m writing this on Veteran’s Day, eleven days into the eleventh month.  It was full-on dark outside my window at 4:30 this afternoon, which was just as well because it was spitting snow. We all … Continue reading

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