Navigating chaos bannerI am called to the sea as if I was born of that salty womb…born of tides and fins and stones…born of dark depths and shifting sands.

I make my home on an island in Puget Sound, surrounded by the sea, view of the sea, adjacent to wetlands on their way to the sea.

No wonder that I crave rust. That I am drawn to nautical charts and collect beach glass and shells and wishing rocks with their white belts. No wonder that these relics make their way into my assemblages, books and collages.

Kapok and teak decks croppedIn my youth, I summered at a log beach cabin, then sailed up and down the sound in a wooden sloop. Later, I tried my hand at sailboat racing, skippered a small yacht, then started a small business building canvas for boats.

Running Dogjeanne and boat coverI follow and am followed by the sea.

I work with my hands as sailors did, pulling linen thread through layers of pages instead of sails. I resurrect old boxes and add brass screws and rivets and old hardware, imagining that I am a boat builder. I sprinkle bits of sea worn glass into cutouts on book covers hoping to conjure the sound of waves crashing and remember that call of the sea.


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  1. Wonderfully written with calm and grace. Visually pleasing too with photos of your precious things. As I sit at my computer desk looking at my cubbies filled with I don’t even know what, I feel a purge coming on. It may also be time to rearrange the room to face the desk toward the window. That has been in the back of my mind for some time. Thanks for the inspiration.

      1. Jeanne… Mr. Job Conger sent me an e-mail you had sent him recently. It noted you’d seen a poem of mine at Prairie Poetry. Feel free to contact me at the provided e-mail address.

        I spent some time at your blog, very nice.


    1. Dearest Jill,
      I am deeply touched by your gesture of nomination and I am so pleased to read the other blogs you have mentioned. I love how the new technology has connected the dots between our lives and I look forward to sharing and hearing more stories!

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