Do they hold up?

My husband and I are on a reading-aloud kick in the evenings lately. We’ve done this periodically in the past; we both enjoy ‘performative reading’ (which is a good thing, as we’re both writers who periodically get invited to do so), as well as being read to. He often reads…

The joy of seeing what you’ve done

I love tangible work.

The first time in my life I truly understood the value of concrete, measurable work was when my second husband and I cleaned out the two huge apartments (plus one hotel room in Montreal) of a very wealthy, VERY eccentric woman. She had been a hoarder…

On reentering a space of creativity after a lengthy drought.

I am suddenly on a creative tear. I finished a novel last week — one that had been lingering at like 90-plus percent done for over a year — and am deep in massive rewrites on another novel. I wrote a blog post and an essay and then this essay…

Two beloved parents, gone too soon.

My mom and my stepdad Keith loved to travel. It was their thing. They were so frugal in every other part of their lives — Mom would spend two hours making her grocery list and gathering coupons before every Saturday’s shopping; they both hated buying new clothes, and they drank…

Is there a such a thing as TOO remote?

Four years ago, my husband and I moved to Orcas Island, Washington. Orcas is the largest of the San Juan Islands, and one of four that the Washington State Ferry system serves. (The other 168 named islands are on their own.)

A few weeks ago, we were invited to one…

Some dreams are not meant to be.

Right outside the front door of our house — well, across a little stretch of lawn, fifteen or twenty feet maybe — we have a pond. It was one of the many things we fell in love with when we first saw the house. We still love it. …

Shannon Page

Writer, editor, thinker of things, living on Orcas Island, Washington state. https://www.shannonpage.net

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