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Writers to Know: Emily, Ella, and my grandmother

Writers to Know: Emily, Ella, and my grandmother

Finding PAX is dedicated to my grandmother, Lillian Clark Cronkhite, for a reason. She taught me to love poetry, stories, and shared my love of books. Even now, decades after her death, I hear the cadence and intonations of her voice in the syllables of poems she read and ones I know she might have or would definitely enjoy with me now. 

Here are a couple of favorites:

Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson

Wild nights - wild nights

Were I with thee

Wild nights should be

Our luxury.


Futile-the winds

To a heart in port.

Done with the compass.

Done with the chart!


Rowing in Eden -

Ah,  the sea!

Might I but moor - tonight

In thee!

The Set of the Sails by Ella Wheeler Willcox

One ship drives east, and another west

With the self-same winds that blow;

'Tis the set of the sails

And not the gales

That decides the way to go.


Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,

As they voyage along through life;

'Tis the will  of the soul

That decides its goal,

And not the calm or the strife.




Ways to find inspiration in the blue light of Winter

Ways to find inspiration in the blue light of Winter

Winter solstice day was dim and short here in Port Townsend, it is 4 hours longer than today would be in Anchorage, Alaska, where I lived nine years. I miss the sun, but I've lived through shorter days and longer winters. What got me through, was the beauty of blue.

In snow-covered parts of the world right now, the blues are brighter, tempered by the whiteness. There, like in Anchorage, the snow reflected every particle of light from the sun, moon, and stars. The hues of blue and ever-present shadows blurred the days and nights--and made both longer. Fall and spring were two flash floods of color. 

So, these long gray rainy days are 

Kaci's Radio Interview: Poet, WritingitReal Sheila Bender

Port Townsend poet and writing teacher, Sheila Bender interviewed me last summer for her cool radio show WritingitReal on local public radio station, KPTZ. Her show is generally for writers by writers, but clearly also for anyone who wants to know more about my book and the adventurous research and multi-year process of writing it. Here's the link. Hope you enjoy and share it. 

Goodbye Good Boy

Goodbye Good Boy

As a life-long traveler and around the world sailor, I love to say 'see you later' instead of goodbye - knowing, of course, that the former could very well be the latter. Down deep, that truth always settles in a peace beyond words. 

Last week, my hiking buddy, my 'best man', our Border Collie 'Chase

Dog's Day, December

Dog's Day, December

Cold front has arrived.
North wind biting and barking.
Winter's brrr and grrr.

©Kaci Cronkhite