Kristina’s Blog

Kristina’s Blog

Winter 1955

On frozen Ahtanum Creek caked snow melts from my pant cuffs around my ankles and down into my boots. Shep stations himself where the ice thins. "Far enough." I understand him as clearly as if he spoke in words. I trust him, my best friend, playmate, protector. I'm...

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Today the Sky Is Working

On a late October hike I was thrilled to see the first snow of the season in our Oregon Cascades. I breathed in the clean, cold air perfumed with manzanita. As a friend commented, "The sky is working." This year, when we expected autumn, instead we did our best to...

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Kristina and the Ocean at Yachats

Cold Mirage published, my new website live, beach break at Yachats on the Oregon Coast At dawn the ocean is a roar hidden in fog. Last night the incoming tide boomed and crashed, dark waves against black basalt boulders beneath our window. Our host's tsunami...

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Spring 2022

Being alive feels like a triumph, living at peace feels like a luxury, neither to be taken for granted. Last summer I celebrated the imminent "Post-Pandemic Emergence" that seemed so certain and turned out not to be. This eight months later, my husband and I joined...

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Where Am I? Where Are We Going?

This pandemic hiatus is like waking from a particularly nasty nightmare into (always slippery) reality. As with other functional introverts, for me emergence is a perplexing adjustment. Has it been the way you thought it would be, or are you as confused as I am about...

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Painting the Pandemic

My last newsletter appeared here in February, that heady time we recognize now as the end of life as we knew it. Soon after I wrote the cheerful note about my 2018 book, From Here to Argentina: A Tango Love Story, I was off to Portland, Oregon for Valentango, the...

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A Gift of Love

Love, romance, and tango shine a glittering light through this month that can be so dismal in northern latitudes. For the fourth year in a row, I plan to celebrate Valentine's Day (and my husband's birthday) dancing at Portland's Valentango 2020 festival. To share the...

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If You’re Feeling Helpless

Among all the disasters and tragedies afflicting our world, the fires in Australia bring me to tears, my cherished memories of places half-a-world away now overlaid with videos of exploding eucalyptus forests, desperate firefighters, and animals with their paws burnt...

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Giving Thanks for Independent Bookstores

In this time of political madness, nothing is more soothing to me than to take refuge in one of our Central Oregon independent bookstores. We're rich in this region with Roundabout Books in Bend's NW Crossing, Dudley's in downtown Bend, Herringbone in Redmond, and...

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Artist and Author of From Here to Argentina: A Tango Love Story, Nowever and Cold Mirage.

Author photos by Jill Rosell