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I started writing on a manual Olympia (it was purple) at age 11. My love for putting words together and seeing them melt into phrases and stories has only increased with time.

I started WordsnCoffee in 2014, originally to store the anecdotes of my young daughter for posterity. It has become a place to express joys and share my journeys and try to learn more about this gig we call life.

Top 10 Lessons From Dad

10 things I’ve learned – and keep learning – from my dad, Tom Vanskike

The River Speaks

A meditation on the stories of the Spokane River

I Know You Broke the River

In 1995, Spokane commissioned local Native American writer Sherman Alexie to write a poem that would be set in stone as public art. The lyrics of “That Place Where Ghosts of Salmon Jump” wind in a spiral, a labyrinth for the reader. It once was more hidden from high foot traffic and now is amid …

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