We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristen through an online writing community. Once we grew familiar with her work, it was a no-brainer to feature her in a profile. As much as we love the PNW, it’s great (and necessary) to be reminded that there’s life outside of it, too, and Kristen, a self-employed… Read More Kristen Gill: Writer, Photographer & Adventurer
It was tough to determine one theme that covers all the bases we want May’s theme to cover. We wanted to acknowledge Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, we wanted to recognize the six-month anniversary of launching this site, one of us has a kiddo with a birthday this month, and one of us has a… Read More Connecting to May’s Theme
Last September, I spent just over 24 hours on a houseboat for the first time in my life. As any whirlwind mini-vacation should be, it was relaxing, beautiful, and quick. And, I left with far too few pictures. However, I did manage to snap the shot above during sunset the one night we stayed on the… Read More Somewhere On Lake Roosevelt, Eastern Washington
Editor’s note: listening back over Karyna’s interview reminded me of some of my favorite podcasts. She’s calm and thoughtful and intentional when she speaks, and she’s just wise. There’s really no other word for it. Her small business, Flora Yogurt Company, is well known in the Spokane area, as is the Thursday Market that she manages… Read More Karyna Hamilton: Former Advocate, Current Business Owner, Yogurt Expert & Inspiration
Note: In the spirit of this month’s theme of “unexpected,” Julia and I (the two founders of this very website you’re reading), hopped on a chat to discuss what the concept means to us. Julia: Let’s go for it. Dena: Okay, for context, we had another theme ready to go, and I changed it last minute… Read More Let’s Talk About The Unexpected, Shall We?
It’s our pleasure to share that, starting today, we’re adding a new type of post to The Woodsy’s rotation. Introducing Public Displays of Appreciation, or PDAs. For various reasons, including but not limited to timing, or distance, or schedule, or the fact that the woman of the hour may be a historical figure, we simply don’t… Read More (Introducing) PDA: Happy 101st Birthday, Beverly Cleary!
Erika and Portland Apron Company were brought to our attention by a mutual friend (shout-out to Leah). Aside from the glowing endorsement we heard, the research we did made it clear that her creative entrepreneurship was a natural fit to profile. Following a passion? Check. Developing and adapting her PNW-based business? Check. Commitments to sustainability… Read More Erika Kelly: Small Business Owner, Maker & Portlander Who Sews
This one’s a little easier to write now that spring has sprung; now that the snow has melted, the grass is slowly moving from brown to green, and the signs of blue sky and sunshine lasting more than mere minutes are starting to appear. While parts of the region have more distinct seasons than others (I’m… Read More #10: All Four Seasons
A confession: the theme for April that we’re sharing today is not the original theme Julia and I decided on weeks ago. In fact, we switched it up just this past weekend because this one seemed to be a better fit, both with our personal and our professional lives. Plus, it’s been a topic in some… Read More Our Unpredictable April Theme
We connected with Kristen through an online writing community, and were thrilled that she was willing to be profiled. Her insights on the PNW, on the field of journalism, and as co-founder of nonprofit newsroom InvestigateWest, can apply to all of us…plus we now have a new way to drink coffee that we’re desperate to try.… Read More Kristen Millares Young: Seattle-Based Journalist, Novelist & Nonprofit Co-Founder