Category Archives: Essays

No Stranger to Change: The Oyster Bay of Katie Gale

No Stranger to Change: The Oyster Bay of Katie Gale Presented at NW History meetings in Portland in Spring 2014 LLyn De Danaan, Ph.D. Emerita, The Evergreen State College June 2014 “History is usually written by the winners. Their lives … Continue reading

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Sleep, Putter, Die March 6, 2016

SLEEP, PUTTER, DIE LLyn De Danaan March 6, 2016 I’ve been floundering around, as in writhing in my own existential quasi-despair, for some time, and the recent death of a close friend finally did me in. It wasn’t as if … Continue reading

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Karen Maria James: a very personal tribute to a life well led

Karen Maria James: a very personal tribute to a life well led By LLyn De Danaan February 27, 2016   We always said we’d grow old together. We did…we just didn’t notice. For we whose glory days were arguably the … Continue reading

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The Glorious Pain in the Ass of Travel: February 2016

From 30,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean No doubt I have been inordinately influenced by my recent reading of Geoff Dyer whose discourse on D.H. Lawrence’ travels and his own have made me reconsider and reflect upon my own unsettled … Continue reading

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Fragility and Spirit

Fragility and Spirit February 24, 2009 at 8:38pm I stopped to see my mother at Garden Courte Memory Care today after class and on my way to Tacoma. I hadn’t seen her in a couple of weeks. She’s lost more … Continue reading

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Aunt Ethel

Vinton and Jackson Counties in southeastern Ohio were raw when I was a kid. The Appalachian hills round about Wellston and McArthur and Jackson seemed wild places, full of copper head snakes and stills and strip mines and rusty streams. … Continue reading

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Mother Did Not Like to Camp

Mother Did Not Like to Camp March 4, 2009 at 7:27am Mother did not like to camp. That didn’t stop my Father from planning camping trips. We set out one summer for a two week tour of New England. Dad … Continue reading

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Lelah Davis’ Guide to Beauty and Right Living

Lelah Davis’ Guide to Beauty and Right Living March 7, 2009 at 2:52pm 1. Roll up your sleeves: you’ll look ten years younger. 2. Stick scotch tape between your eyebrows when you sleep. It will prevent frown lines from forming. … Continue reading

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Hebble Homes

Hebble Homes was built as emergency housing for the overflow personnel working at Wright Patterson Air Force Base during WWII. This compound was located in Fairborn, an amalgam of the little towns of Fairfield and Osborne, Ohio. The homes of … Continue reading

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Judo, Zane, Mr. Weewart, and I

Judo, Zane, Mr. Weewart, and I I’ve fished with my brother many times through the years. In the early days, when we were both kids, we crouched together over a can of worms. We dangled lines side by side from … Continue reading

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