Jaime Temairik/Wonder Woman

Somebody had to get me from place to place while I was jetting about Seattle, and that somebody was Jaime Temairik–artist/writer/entrepeneur.

I could not have asked for a more professional, warm or caring escort while I was in Seattle. Jaime made sure that every detail was handled. In addition, she made sure that I had plenty to eat and drink. Yes, she introduced me to Theo’s Chocolate and…

I love Cheddar Bunnies.

She’s also a published illustrator and a dedicated blogger. While you’re surfing, check out Bound.

Jaime is the real deal!


P.S. Did she say cocoastomp?

Mockingbird Books, Julie Larios, and a heavenly horse

Last night brought a major storm to the Seattle area, but in between gales, I was able to trek up 1st Avenue to the Union Bar and Restaurant for delicious dinner of mackerel and fava beans.  My taste buds were smiling.

Better even than the food, however, was this amazing painting.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.

Well, I found out a little about Adde Russell.

It turns out that she’s the artist for the cd covers for Death Cab for Cutie:

Can I just say that Adde Russell has a new fan!

After Wednesday night’s storms, Thursday greeted Seattle with sunshine.  In between school visits my intrepid tour guide took me to Mockingbird Books in Greenlake to sign stock, and who should I find there but one of my all-time favorite people, poet Julie Larios.

And then, to seal the deal, Julie and her handsome husband Fernando, invited me to dinner at their house:

There you go, life is good!

Goodbye Portland, Hello Seattle

It was hard to say goodbye to Portland. What a wonderful city! On my way out, I had to take a few more photos of the Hotel Monaco. After all, is there another hotel in the entire world that has a lamp like this on the front desk?

And how about this fireplace?

And if it’s grapes you’re eating, here’s the spot in the lobby for indulging…

Alas, all good things must end . . . but they often lead to more good things . . . like the Alexis Hotel in Seattle!

Stay tuned . . .

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Powell's Bookstore, Cedar Hills Crossing, Oregon

Tuesday, May 18th marked the official release date for KEEPER, and it was absolutely thrilling to be able to celebrate it with a signing at the famed Portland bookstore, Powell’s.

So many wonderful friends, including several folks from Vermont College of Fine Arts–fellow faculty, former students, current students–were in the crowd, along with new friends, and the incredible staff.

I managed to get a few photos:

Jeanette Ingold actually took a photo of me during my reading, so I’m sharing:

Not photographed were Cheryl Coupe, Margaret Bechard, Susan Fletcher, Jeanette Ingold, and so many others. Thank you everyone. It meant the world to me that you came out!

Calloo Callay!

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