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Salem Weekly Articles (by me…to date)

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Salem’s only alternative, independently run newspaper.

This post includes links to my articles published in the Salem Weekly newspaper. (For those of you who are able to snatch a physical copy from one of our 700+ drop sites in the Willamette Valley, awesome. For those who are sadly out of the area, online will have to do. However, if any of you really like one of the articles online–mine or not mine–I would be more than happy to mail you a physical copy of the newspaper. We have extras at the office.) Thanks for reading!

Articles are listed in reverse chronological order:

AP & Ken
Salem Weekly lead editor & publisher, A.P. Walther, with Ken Adams (in blue), host of the Willamette Wake-Up show on Salem’s KMUZ community radio. A.P. has single-handedly kept the SW running, albeit the economy and numerous other obstacles. If there is one person who is the symbol of Salem advocacy, it’s A.P. It is an absolute pleasure knowing and working for him. (Photo credit:

“Poetry Has a New Name” (An interview with local poet, Henry Hughes, and a pseudo-review of his newest poetry book, Bunch of Animals; 03/17/2016)

(No article 03/03/2016 — the Salem Weekly only prints twice a month; this was a “skip week”)

“Popping the ‘Univer-City’ Bubble” (An adventure on the campus of Willamette University; 02/18/2016)

“Win at the Corner of Fire & Brimstone: Pizza Makes a Comeback” (A quick review of the upcoming fad, highlighting local wood-fired pizza joints; 02/04/2016)

“Winter Wanderlust” (Adventuring with Winter Hikes; 01/21/2016)

“Drawn to Black & White” (Discussing the Historic Elsinore’s Classic/Black & White Wednesday Film Series; 01/07/2016)

(No 12/24/2015 issue — no printing during Christmas Week.)

“‘Tis the Season: Spend More Time, Spend Less Money” (Things to do this Christmas season, focusing on spending time, not money; 12/10/2015)

“Cheers to Willamette Valley Wine: An Intimate Look at Our Local Vineyards and Vintners” (Self-explanatory! 11/26/2015)

(For the 11/12/2015 issue, I wrote an article to preview Thanksgiving weekend, “A Wine Country Thanksgiving,” but it was rejected by the editors of the Salem Weekly. I type this without shame or regret because this is proof that every writer has their good days and bad. And that rejection is normal, and gives me a chance to learn and grow. I may or may not rework it and post it to the blog.)

“Autumn Adventures in Independence” (A full day trip, wanderlusting in Independence, Oregon; 10/29/2015)

“This is Halloweek, Halloweek, Halloweek!” (Preview for The Moxie Initiative’s 1st year of Halloweek; 10/15/2015)

“Salem’s Fine Art, Take Part” (Preview for Willamette University & Western Oregon University‘s fall Fine Arts calendars; 10/01/2015)

“Vintage, Antique…Vintique!” (Preview for Deepwood Estate‘s annual Vintage Flea Market; 09/17/2015)

“The Fruits of Labor Day Weekend” (Preview for LDW wine country activities; 09/03/2015)

(No article 08/20/2015 due to emergency hospitalization and surgery earlier in the month)

“A Night Out on the Downtown” (A run-down of ideas for things to do in downtown Salem; 08/06/15)

“Get Thee to the Faire!” (Review on the Canterbury Renaissance Faire; 07/23/2015)

“Veni, Vidi, Vino” (Review on Cória Estates; 07/09/2015)

“Culture in Stretched Canvas” (Preview for Salem’s annual World Beat Festival; 06/25/2015)



Where to Go, What to Do

As of 8:05 a.m. this morning, I am a free agent. Floating. I have no base. No dock. No boundaries. No limits.

The company I worked for had lost two big clients in a matter of months, and I knew my part-time tech writer position was on the line since business was slow and the revenue had taken a hit. But it was still a shock to have my boss hand me my notice and final paycheck saying I could leave: “There’s no reason for you to stay.”

It was bittersweet. I liked working as a technical writer, and my employers were kind and genuine people who ran a tight ship. I respected them, which made this part even harder. But as I walked to my car, arms clasping the classic banker’s box filled with what meager items I owned at the office, I felt relief. Which excited and scared me at the same time. I felt guilty for being relieved…but guilt was soon mixed with a sense of freedom and adventure; I could finally chase what I have been dreaming of doing for years…I could finally pursue my writing with nothing, nor anyone, to hold me back.

Quote by Marianne Williamson

What’s not to love about this poem by Marianne Williamson? What an encouraging and insightful piece of prose! I have this sitting on my writing desk for inspiration, and as a daily reminder of who I am and who He calls me to be, as a woman, as a friend, as a wife, and as a writer. As the year closes and a new one dawns, I draw upon this poem for what my goals and desires for this next year will look like. A new chapter is opening for me and my writing career; there is no room for fear or for insecurity in walking the path He has laid out for me. Faith and trust…for my playing small does not serve the world. Bring it on, 2015. For if God is for us, than who can stand against us?

Quote by Marianne Williamson

Pop Up Poetry On Demand 12.16.2014

My dear friend, Eddie Cabbage, and I decided to do a non-collaboration by hosting Pop Up Poetry On Demand together this evening, combining my #PopUpPoetry and his #PoetryOnDemand. We opened up our Instagram feed to poetry subjects as requested by our followers and friends alike, and the following post is a gallery of what we came up with: 12 custom poems by each writer, so 24 total. (Yes, a long post, but we promise it’s worth the read!) I’m always in awe of Eddie’s improv poem abilities, and I am beyond blessed and privileged to have him as my mentor, my colleague, and most importantly, my invaluable friend. Thanks for such a fun evening, everyone! And remember, you can purchase these poems via Etsy as a 2-poem-package, typed and signed by Eddie and me. Enjoy!

You can follow @eddiecabbage on Instagram and on his website at

Comments beneath each image are written by the respective author.

PUP Having No Idea Where Life is Going

First #PopUpPoetryOnDemand piece for @zacharyburlingame. (Apologies for the delay, I’m doing this in public tonight, hah! Lovely little interruptions.) An excellent prompt, my friend. I definitely feel you on this. ❤ Best wishes to you. Check out @eddiecabbage for his interpretation of this prompt for Mr. Burlingame!

Pop Up Poetry On Demand Begins!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!! #PopUpPoetryOnDemand is coming to an Instagram feed near you. Like RIGHT MEOW. (We are combining my #PopUpPoetry and Eddie’s #PoetryOnDemand.) Now accepting poem requests via Instagram. Please think of some good subjects as @eddiecabbage and I will only be choosing 12 tonight! You are permitted to comment a request only once (well, you can submit multiple but we will only consider your first). At the end of the evening there will be 24 original poems, which will be available to purchase as 2-poem-bundles from Eddie will be mailing his 12 signed poems plus an additional 2 signed copies of each to me, and I will handle the orders. CHEERS TO TONIGHT! Let’s make it a memorable one!

Pop Up Poetry On Demand

Pop Up Poetry: “Polar Bear on a Pogo Stick”

Surprise #PopUpPoetry moment…Struck up a conversation with a guy at a coffeeshop. Turns out he’s a writer too. He jokingly tossed out, “So you’d write about a polar bear on a pogo stick if I asked you to?” I laughed with him. But he wasn’t expecting me to actually deliver. Should’ve seen his face. So great chatting with you, Erick. Best of luck in your ventures! #ladyofmyword #neverbackdown#youvebeenwarned

PUP Polar Bear on a Pogo Stick

Prince of Darkness

Forgot about this dark lil’ number I wrote a few months ago. (A poem request by a follower on how darkness reveals.)

Prince of Darkness

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