In the spring of 2004 I wrote about Shinkichi Tajiri, the Japanese American father of my Dutch friends Giotta and Ryu Tajiri for the International Examiner, a Seattle newspaper, geared toward the city's immigrant population. I felt right at home in the International District, in many ways reminiscent of towns in the Netherlands. After my first article was published, I continued freelancing for this biweekly.
From the moment the new Seattle Central Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, opened to the public, I've been presenting Architectural Tours.
Because I'm making use of the library's collection and wonderful genealogy department I've been given a workspace in the Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Writers' Room at the new Central library. This makes the library even more of a home away from home.
In the fall of 2004 Centrum's Executive Director Thatcher Bailey invited me to join the Writers' Conference Advisory Board.
I joined whole heartedly. Involvement in the art community makes me feel at home.
At the beginning of 2005 I claimed the title given to me by my L.A. connections "Dutchess Abroad" as my domain name. In April dutchessabroad.com was launched. This site was, and is meant to give visitors an idea of my background, my diverse interests and occupations: a gallery of creativity. For Hope Filled Jars, my first blog, I put my best foot forward.
Blogging has proved to be irresistible. Hope Filled Jars was followed by OMA, Tuin van de Mariënhof, and lately by the Paseo Press blog.
Before the paper edition of the European Weekly, another Seattle publication folded, I contributed a film review and a profile/ obit/ book review.
The online magazine Interfaith Family provides a welcome platform for chapters from a forthcoming memoir.
The Mill, the newsletter of the Holland America Club satisfies my need to jabber about all things Dutch.
My article about couture designer Luly Yang for the International Examiner, lead to becoming her creative writer (which for the occasion of her yearly runway shows, has incidentally taken me back to the theater).
I'll be doing the write thing for a while. You can call on me for any creative writing or journalism job. From web content, to public relations and marketing text, and telling your life- or love story.
And until the next update, here's more about.me.