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(SYTYCD) So You Think You Can Dance season on FOX

The dance program So You Think You Can Dance is in full swing on FOX. It’s a chance to see a variety of dance genres performed by up-and-coming dancers. It started on June 12th and is well into its season, but you can get caught up through On Demand, or start watching it now. Its’ worth a viewing. I am so impressed by the quality of dancing I see. Let me know what you think.

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WOTS: a Great Northwest Writing Conference

2017 Write on the Sound: October 6, 7 & 8 Everything you need to know about the 2017 conference is now available on the website: www.writeonthesound.com Keynote: NYT Bestselling author Kristin Hannah in conversation with author Megan Chance A former-lawyer-turned writer, Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbusters, The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane. Friend, critique partner and author Megan Chance will lead a conversation with Kristin about the writer’s life and the writing process. Megan’s critically acclaimed, award-winning novels include A Drop of Ink, Bone River, The Spiritualist, and An Inconvenient Wife. Dates to Remember… Mid-June: the...

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My Poetry

By the time I left grade school. I was interested in poetry. I wrote lots of sing-song verses, then turned to more abstract writing as I entered junior high and high school. As an adult, I was fortunate to have taken a poetry class from Joan Swift, a Washington state poet who inspired me to keep writing. Now I have about 150 poems at various stages of completeness. Here’s one short selection. Enjoy!   Summer Kaleidoscopes Sun catchers and wind chimes, Polarized light on Hood Canal, Swaying bird feeders, Pebbles in water, Purple clouds at dusk, Horse mane waves breaking...

Interview with Christine de Vogt from Dusseldorf, Germany 0

Interview with Christine de Vogt from Dusseldorf, Germany

Friendship is an amazing gift. My friend Karen met Christine on a cruise to Alaska. Amid their conversations about their lives, Karen mentioned my writing and once she returned home, she sent her my ballet stories. Christine enjoyed them and asked if I would be interested in having a tiny tutu costume and a pair of worn pointe shoes to use with my book talks. Of course I said yes. And here we are, interviewing this multi-talented woman and my new friend from Europe, Christine de Vogt. Tell us a bit about yourself and your life on Düsseldorf, Germany. … ...

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Thanks!

Last Thursday I enjoy the opportunity to speak with some of you about the ballet trilogy and Letters to Follow- Dancer’s Adventure in particular. It was a lovely PNW sunny day (rare for early June) and the University Bookstore at Mill Creek provided a comfy corner. I wanted to thank all who made the trek and those who wished me a good event. I enjoyed myself and I hope my guests did as well. It became ‘old home week’ since I had time to talk with people I hadn’t seen for ages. I loved having our connections reconnected. I encourage...

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Writing Quotes to Inspire

We used to be close, like a paper chain family inextricably linked….Now we’re scattered across the globe. Nothing to link us together.                                                 The House We Grew Up In  by Lisa Jewell A thousand tiny strokes of fortune touch us on our way, to move or change us.                                                 Fortunes Hand by Belva Plain Love wasn’t a great burning brushfire that swept across your soul and charred you…it was everyday moments laid out like bricks, one atop the other.                                                 Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah Time marches on, turning out hopes and dreams into memories.                                                 Twelve Little Cakes by...

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Enjoy an evening all about dance!

Meet the Author at the University of Washington Mill Creek Bookstore Join Paddy for an evening all about ballet! Learn about her 3 ballet-themed books. Catch-up on how the characters’ lives are progressing. Hear excerpts from the books. Enter for a chance to win fun prizes!! University of Washington Bookstore at Mill Creek Towne Center 15311 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA.  98012 June 6 at 7pm And get a personalized, autographed copy of one, two or all three books. Click here to learn more

Passage to Paris: In Lynne’s Footsteps 1

Passage to Paris: In Lynne’s Footsteps

Three chapters in Paddy Eger’s Letters to Follow, as Lynne sailed to Paris on the SS United States, took me back to when I “officially” became an expatriate, a state that was to last half my life. I began, a few years after Lynne, on the great ship that was built in 1952 and sailed until 1969. Although there were plans to return her to oceangoing service, those were scrapped in late summer 2016. For the good memories, though, you can get Hull IPA in cans with a beautiful photo of the ship, released in late February 2017. As Lynne...

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Marta: Epilogue to Her Story

Friends and readers at book talk often ask, “What happened to Marta after her stories ended?” Here’s my answer. I wrote this several years ago, but it’s still how I think an unwritten future chapter might progressed. Marta stood at the kitchen sink washing carrots from her garden. Her mind wandered a thousand miles away from her present view. Lynne had just written from her touring along the west coast. She laughed to herself. Lynne was always a joy with stories to keep them the phone for hours. R.J., Ryan Jonas, crawled across a rag rug toward her, dragging his...

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Questions about Paddy’s Dance Life

Friends and guests at my book talks often ask me questions about my dance life. Here are a few answers. When did you start dancing?  At age 3. I continued to take lessons until I was 18 and danced off and on until I was in my 40s. I was never a professional dancer. Which dance teachers were most inspiring? I only had 3 teachers across all the years I danced. Each influenced me in big or small ways: Margaret Tapping gave me the first opportunity to perform. I was 3 and loved being on the stage with the light...