gathering good :: 30 september 2016


Last weekend Steve and I took 24 hours at Lake Tahoe to celebrate his birthday, and to remind ourselves how to breathe. It was a success on both counts, and now I am wondering how to follow it up this weekend. Suggestions welcome.

In the meantime, here are a few links to share:

This fall foliage map makes one want to head east, yes?

Anthony Bourdain is not a fan of pumpkin spice. Anything.

Scientific American has a theory on where creativity comes from. My family has a creative component for sure (even those who think they aren’t), so this is pretty interesting to me.

I have plenty of mugs, but this one showed up, and I think I need it. (Maybe I will fill it with pumpkin spice something and take it with me on a fall foliage field trip.)

Warning, rabbit hole ahead. MOMA puts 1000’s of exhibit photos online.

Why we are so bad at shopping (note to self).

Perfect penmanship makes me swoon.

Sometimes my immaturity surprises even me. Like when I giggle at product names like this (and when I seriously consider buying the product, so I can giggle every day).

Did you know this was Banned Books Week? Banned Books Themed Gifts…(I know of one daughter who would love any of these…you know who you are)

And with that, I am off to take a walk, read a book and open a bottle of wine.

See you on the flip side.

always short and almost true stories :: singing into the wind

music man

Thirty-five words or less. These stories show up and I do my best with them. This is my latest batch. The rest are here. Thanks for reading. -K


Today would be different.

She would be strong enough.

She’d be in control and

show she could lead.

Courage mustered,

the six-year-old reached for the leash

and called the dog for their morning walk.



He had always been

a risk taker,

a daredevil.

Rules need not apply

when one eats danger for breakfast,

with an adrenaline chaser.

It’s not over.

Leaving his walker behind,

he scaled the stepstool,





that’s the hardest part

of being a mermaid,“ she said.

“Also, everyone asks if I know Ariel.

Which is ridiculous,

because there are lots of mermaids,

and it’s a really, really big sea.”



Practicing his cantata,

he sang into the wind.

He stood on the bluff by the bay,

sheet music in one hand, conducting with the other.

The percussion section rowed below,

keeping beat with their oars.



Part One:

He was dancing on the street corner,

spinning a “world’s best sandwiches” sign,

and wearing a giant pickle costume.

Last night’s cocktail party question of

making a living or making a life

wasn’t relevant today.


Part Two:

On a good day,

he imagines his giant pickle costume

is wearable art.

No one knows he’s listening to NPR podcasts

while spinning his sandwich sign.

He’s no fool,

just an artist in a pickle.



landscape paintings :: the murals of clarion and balmy alley ways

Last week we spent a day in San Francisco, and between birthday activities we had an hour or so to spare and headed to the alleys. I know the city has awesome shopping and dining (and we did have some fine nettle and bacon pizza later that night), but my first stop is always the murals in the Mission. I suspected Clarion Alley would have had a few changes since out last visit, and I was expecting even more political statements. And I had never visited Balmy Alley, which I heard had more Latin American inspired political art. I was right, Clarion Alley was more political this time (which I say every time I visit), though it was about housing rights instead of the election. The other change I noticed was that the alley felt a little more ragged, both the walls and the people…which I suspect is also a sign of the times. As always, it was a reminder that the world is different outside my door, voices need to be heard, and art raises us up. And you know, I am never sure if things around me have changed, or if I am just seeing them differently.

Clarion Alley Mural Project

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Clarion Alley is between Mission and Valencia, 18th and 19th Streets.

Balmy Alley

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Balmy Alley is between 24th and 25th.

All photos by Kim Tackett.

gathering good :: 9 september 2016


Does anyone else feel like they need an emotional palate cleanser after all of the election news this week? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Let’s start with this.

Ten lovely and lonely houses, when you need to get away from the world. Maybe I will see you there on November 9.

Remember Stacy London from What Not To Wear? She has something new to say, and it’s pretty powerful.

Female friendly enamel pins (that’s kind of a silly distinction. but I think I could use the “I am fun” pin).

I always appreciate these lists, though I feel like they are always telling us to enjoy failing. Six Tips For Success from Mike Birbiglia.

The art of the avocado. And I did not just lick the screen!

Love this new website, for those of  us who devour books (in addition to avocados), Read It Forward.

Ten words for emotions you didn’t know you had. I have experienced Malu, for sure.

Art to help you find yourself. Here.

May your weekend be full of kindness, to yourself and others. We’re gonna need it. See you on the flip side.


Photo by Kim Tackett, Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain.

gathering good :: 2 september 2016


It’s been a swell week, with the completion of my 59th trip around the sun, a Wednesday jaunt to San Francisco, and a few other treats. I’ve had plenty of proof of goodness in the world, despite the dark landscape that seems to surround us.  A few links to take us into the long weekend.

Kind of a wild concept, the kitchenless house. How would this change our lives and our neighborhoods?

33 mindblowing documentaries to download on Netflix (thanks Katie)

Lost and found, a moving photo essay of what our immigrants have had taken away.

Of all the lists, the to-do might be my fave. The 100-year old to-do list hack that still works.

Proof than girls do science, very well, thank you. Your daily trailblazer, Katherine Johnson of NASA.

And a nice segue into Star Trek stamps from USPS!

Here’s a story that may or may not be true, but it sure makes me feel good.

What do women leaders have in common?

On traveling alone.

And this awesome quote.

Have an awesome weekend. See you on the flip side.


Photos by Kim Tackett. Newport, Oregon.