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Write Around PAM: Comb Chest

When crisis strikes, as it has in Oregon over these last weeks with wildfires ravaging communities and smoke blanketing the state, we are reminded of what is most important to us: family, friends, community, pets, items that hold memories and carry meaning, and more. This Comb Chest evokes this same feeling for us: of treasuring…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Harry Fonseca

Nature carries within it profound beauty and immense power. We are often drawn to the tallest trees, the widest fields, the deepest canyons, the bluest lakes, the starriest skies. The cycles of nature provide food, shelter, rest, renewal, and hope. Nature, and our existence in it, is also so fragile, as we continue to see…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: C.E.S. WOOD

A blank piece of paper carries in it every possibility. It can take you anywhere you wish to go. We feel this same possibility in this piece by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, with it’s wide open desert and bowl of blue sky. This week, we invite you to go on an adventure on the page,…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Yoshida Chizuko

As summer days start their slow slide into fall, we’re lingering here in the light and shadows of Yoshida Chizuko’s En no chōtachi (Garden of Butterflies), noticing the intricate beauty in small things, and feeling and appreciating the abundance of nature. In both our art and writing, we can enter into the natural world more…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Bernice Akamine

Inspiration for our writing comes from all sorts of places, and evoking our senses can provide especially rich imagery and connection. This week, we invite you to spend some time with this Bernice Akamine piece, imagining what it might be like to hold it. To sit with it in your lap. To move it around…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Utagawa Hiroshige

Writing allows us the chance to gain new perspective to write about our own experiences, or to step into someone else’s. This week, we invite you to spend some time with this piece by Utagawa Hiroshige and see what new perspectives it might offer you. Before or after you write, take some time to learn…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: James Lavadour

Writing invites us into other worlds and allows us to smell, taste, see, feel what it might be like to be in a place. This week, we invite you to spend some time with Salamander by James Lavadour and see what stepping into this landscape offers as inspiration. Before or after you write, take some…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Rick Bartow

Writing continues to be a powerful way to engage with, and be inspired by, visual art. This week, we invite you to spend some time with Quiet One by Rick Bartow and see what stories it evokes for you. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about Bartow’s life and art.⠀ We…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Sonya Clark

Shoes evoke movement. Travel. Connection. Style. And, for these penny loafers, the weight of history and Lincoln’s legacy. We invite you to spend some time writing today, stepping into your own creativity and imagination with inspiration from this piece by Sonya Clark. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about Clark’s life…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Isaka Shamsud-Din

Art is a rich source of inspiration for our own writing, which in turn invites us deeper into our own stories and the stories of those around us. We invite you to write with us today using this exercise inspired by Isaka Shamsud-Din’s “Hare, Lion and Spider.” Before or after you write, take some time…  Read more