Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation

oIs it Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation? Can you tell the difference? Is close reading dead? The issue of cultural appropriation has flared up in the last ten days or so thanks to The Writer’s Union of Canada and syndicated conservative columnist...

Hillman City Haibun (Tobacco & Other Vegetables)

Maybe it’s my Virgo nature that allows me to enjoy vicariously the lives of people whose work I admire but whose lifestyles have aspects I would not care to replicate. I would not say the phrase “Health Nut” is accurate, given my penchant for chorizo...

Hillman City Haibun (Early Lilacs)

3.29.15 – John Olson’s right about early lilacs – March is the new April. Facebook, being what it is, is a source of exchange that can yield moments like this. A recognition of certain facets of spring in Oregon and Washington being a good five weeks...

Hillman City Haibun 7, Father, Lawns, Bangs, Chickens

Going through Fatherhood a second time, there are many notions that go through my mind on a regular basis. One is what will be my youngest daughter’s earliest memory? I think about dancing in the kitchen to Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, or to the...