My passion for story and culture persists today as the influence of myth tempts me to write fiction. Drawing from the rich culture, and 'oli(chants) of the Kanaka my ancestors, and this place and culture I live now (The Pacific Northwest) a world of cross-the-border languages invites me to listen carefully and write this language down. Dolly Parton said, "Storms make trees grow deep roots." I am living that reality. The medicine story The Safety Pin Cafe spilled onto this blog in doses during the winter of 2012. Written in language, metaphor and cultural hybrid myth becomes the 'medicine' and continues to infuse me with the best of healing remedies -- creativity. Gods willing a series of novellas and medicine stories from The Safety Pin Cafe will continue my journey as storyteller and makua o'o.
In 2013 we pitched the first storytelling tents and opened The Safety Pin Café bringing the virtual space down to Earth on the grounds of the South Whidbey Island Tilth. Click here to see that first event. Life and the desire for stories to be told again led to two tent pitchings in 2014. We had great fun, shared stories from the Indigenous People of this Pacific Northwest lands; involved the audience in the telling of Raven's story, and shared a rendering of Pelehonuamea's initiation into her responsibilities as Goddess and maker of land by fire. Life continues to be a fiesta though at a slower pace these days the feast is different yet still delicious. Click here, and here to see some pictures of the 2014 The Safety Pin Café.
I live with my husband Pete, a cat named G Jots, and three chickens. We all share a place in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.) woods with two of our best human friends.