Inkshot No.46: Ted Kooser – Poetry a poetry hater can love

I’LL BE THE first to reach for masterful poets like Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Goethe, Rainer Maria Rilke. However, for COMFORT, I reach for Midwestern poets like Ted Kooser. Think of golden fields of corn under vast skies; county fairs; farms and hearths; and people helping each other in the friendliest way while preserving their own…

Inkshot No. 45: Bravo America! Struggling For Genderqueer Rights!

The Washington Post, in an article, negative towards the settlement, reports this morning that the Gresham-Barlow School District in Oregon agreed to a settlement of $60,000 for legal costs and pain and suffering; to develop policies around gender-neutral language, such as the use of the pronoun “they”; and to install gender-neutral bathrooms throughout the school…

Inkshot No.44: Everything Goes Better With Music And Bacon

  INKSHOT NO.44 | BY INDIA SUSANNE HOLDEN | SEATTLE | 5-23-16 I’VE GOT THE Monday Blues, except it’s Tuesday and they’re gray, not blue. Clouds hang thick and low. My iPhone weather app predicts peek-a-boo sunshine for only two days this week. Grrr. I want to stomp on my ashy mood. A Man is seating…

Inkshot No.43: Make America Great Again

INKSHOT NO.43 | BY INDIA SUSANNE HOLDEN | SEATTLE | 5-23-16 IS THAT SKIN tone, famous around the world, tangerine? Orange?  Wait, I know! It’s the color of Scrooge McDuck’s bill. Remember him? Always goading his nephew, Donald Duck, with his wealth? Making America great again is an awesome idea; it’s wonderfully aspirational. Who wouldn’t want…

Inkshot No.42: Progressive Woman Takes Helm In Taiwan

INKSHOT NO.42 | BY INDIA SUSANNE HOLDEN | SEATTLE | 5-20-16 SECOND TIME’S THE charm. The Taiwanese people were blessed today. They inaugurated their first female president who gained the historic post in a second run for the presidency (she was defeated in 2012) in a landslide. Tsai Ing-Wen, a U.S. and U.K. trained layer and…

Inkshot No.41: Oh Crap. This Sucks. Whatever. It’s Better Now.

INKSHOT NO.41 | BY INDIA SUSANNE HOLDEN | SEATTLE | 5-19-16 MY SECOND FAVORITE place to write is in bed. Propped up on plump pillows, I get the pleasure of a sinful indulgence. It’s a little bit of balm while I write, erase, rewrite, erase again, sentence after sentence until I have—I hope—something you’d like to read.…

Inkshot No.40: Working In The Yard On My 59th Birthday

INKSHOT NO.40 | BY INDIA SUSANNE HOLDEN | SEATTLE | 5-17-16 YESTERDAY WAS MY BIRTHDAY, which I did not spend writing today’s post, but doing glorious yard work. Steven and I trimmed all 60 feet of a 12 foot high hedge; pruned three azaleas; two apple trees; one pear tree; and a yellow plum. In the…

Inkshot No.38: Are You Happy Like A Canadian? Take The Quiz

INKSHOT NO.38 | BY INDIA SUSANNE HOLDEN | SEATTLE | 5-16-16 Being unsatisfied with what you’ve got is the only way to be happy, an article in the online publication Quartz reports. Let me get this straight. I have to be unsatisfied—a state that causes unhappiness—in order to be happy? The Quartz article tells us that…