Skosh Japanese Children’s Festival and Cultural Fair

This is the write-up I did on the HSA Oregon blog for the Skosh Japanese Children’s Festival and Cultural Fair that was held this past weekend.


cherry blossom petals

Back in February, I saw a notice that haiku about blossoms were wanted for “Haiku for Hope”, an art exhibit that was raising funds for a cancer hospital back east. Few causes are nearer or dearer to my heart, and so I sent along a couple of my haiku that had received Honorable Mentions in the latest Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

I am pleased to have one haiku selected to be matched with a photograph, and that the exhibition is viewable online, through an article in The Baltimore Sun. It made it even more special that I know two of the other haiku poets whose haiku were also selected: Roberta Beary and Charlotte Digregorio. Proceeds from this art show go towards Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

cherry blossom petals
this quiet hour
before dawn

Spring Cleaning

After 5 consecutive months of daily online writing challenges, I decided I needed a break! So I’m taking the month of April to catch up on reading the haiku and haibun books and journals that I have backlogged.


It was also time to clean up my publications pages, as they were getting too crowded. Check out my newly update pubs pages: Anthologies, Haiku, Haibun, Tanka, and Rengay. Please let me know if any of the links are not working.


As spring arrives in the Pacific Northwest, I am busy paying attention, and jotting down haiku and haibun starters for future writes. In the meantime, I have haiku that will appear in the next issues of Modern Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Mariposa, and Acorn.

The Ten Best Things

Although I am much more inclined to write haibun these days, rather than personal essays, writing and publishing essays in a number of anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Cup of Comfort, and the Voices of series was an integral part of my healing from a breast cancer diagnosis in 2006. Chicken Soup for the Soul recently reprinted one of my early stories, “The Ten Best Things”, in their online newsletter, where it may be read in its entirety. This story was originally published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings. Seven years later, I am still counting my blessings.