I spend most of my time/effort here, not on Twitter, but I can’t stop monitoring what is happening in Portland right now. Thankful to see restraint on the part of those doing the policing.

(First time posting one of my tweets to Micro.blog. Promise not to make it a habit…)

Human Rights Campaign President on the Launch of Pride Month and Anti-Racism

In case you missed it, Micro.blog added 🏳️‍🌈 to the emoji categories. Tagged posts will appear here.

(It’s the third night, not the fourth night, of curfew in Portland. I corrected my previous post.)

Third night of curfew in Portland announced. It’s the first time I’ve had my phone unmuted, and that emergency notification sound is quite eerie, breaking the silence. Holding a thought for those who will go and protest nonetheless, and those on behalf they go.

I have been quiet here the last few days. It’s a combination of shock, sadness, quarantine weariness, and a lack of anything worthwhile to add to the discussion. But I wanted to say that I am reading all your posts and I’m so grateful for a thoughtful community.

Just started watching Hannah Gadsby’s new show Douglas and I’m already laughing out loud.

Real loud. “Making fun of Americans is technically punching up, but that window is closing.”

This is good therapy. So far, but I’m optimistic.

I’m going to the post office later today to mail out some Micro.blog stickers. If you want to get yours in this batch, please email name and address to jean@micro.blog.

Day 4 of the Micro.blog Art Challenge Sprint 🎨🖌#mbmay

Unfinished view from a house in Neskowin on the Oregon coast, sketched in the Paper app.

Not to put blame on the cat exactly, but I suspect it was maneuvering into position to pounce on a bluebird, of which there have been many in the backyard.

A cat got stuck under the gate to my backyard today. I thought he’d wriggle out without my help, but I was wrong. I had to call animal control, who ended up removing my gate. I hope the kitty isn’t too injured and gets lots of love from its people when reunited. (It had a chip.)

Day 3 of the Micro.blog Art Challenge Sprint 🎨🖌#mbmay

I get lessons on How To Draw PJ Masks characters Catboy, Owlette and Gekko from @joncast a couple years back.

Day 1 of the Micro.blog Art Challenge Sprint 🎨🖌#mbmay

I enjoyed a session on emoji design at the 2016 Layers Conference, where I spoke during WWDC week in San Francisco. 😮➕🤘

Day 7 of the Micro.blog Book Challenge Sprint 📚#mbmay

Born With Teeth: A Memoir by Kate Mulgrew. A breath-taking memoir about the consequences of irrevocable decisions made in one’s youth. And I was lucky enough to see her read from it in 2015.

Starting May 25, it’s Week 4, the final May Micro.blog Challenge Sprint. Focus: Art. 🎨🖌

Choose 7 drawings, paintings, illustrations, sidewalk chalk art, by you or someone else. Anything that inspires or amuses you.

On Day 7 of the book recommendation challenge, I can see that the recommendations I’ve compiled are books I read more than a decade ago, closer to two. I lost my excitement for reading books along the way, nothing grabs me like it used to, and I’m not alone.

Day 6 of the Micro.blog Book Challenge Sprint 📚#mbmay

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

A fascinating novel featuring an opera diva and a hostage situation. My introduction to Ann Patchett, still one of my favorite authors, who deftly mixes in the everyday and the extraordinary.

Day 5 of the Micro.blog Book Challenge Sprint 📚#mbmay

The Music Of Chance by Paul Auster

I couldn’t decide between this and Moon Palace which together made me a lifelong Auster fan. The film adaptation with Mandy Patinkin and James Spader tipped the scales.

Day 4 of the Micro.blog Book Challenge Sprint 📚#mbmay

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I loved this book. I’ve reread it. I also really liked the film. 🐅🌊

Day 3 of the Micro.blog Book Challenge Sprint 📚#mbmay

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Earth’s first mission to visit another planet’s civilization, led by a Jesuit. It’s profound and unsettling. A “realistic” sci-fi story that stayed with me.

Day 2 of the Micro.blog Book Challenge Sprint 📚#mbmay

The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy.

A novel featuring Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Abstract theories come to life in an entertaining and illuminating combination.

An short exerpt from the failed guinea pig playpen video this weekend. I tried setting up a little tripod to catch them at their eye level. It wasn’t long before Grace inadvertently shoved Ada out of the frame.

Day 1 of the Micro.blog Book Recommendation Challenge Sprint:

Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

Such a fascinating memoir of Angelou’s time living in Ghana 1962-65. I lived there in 2001, and loved revisiting through a poet/artist’s point of view.


It’s Week 3 of the May Micro.blog Challenge Sprints. This week: book recommendations!

Choose 7 books you love to recommend, and share why. They need not be recent reads.

Consider linking to IndieBound to support local independent bookstores.


Queer Eye comes back June 5 from Philadelphia. Something to look forward to!

Due to a grocery delivery mixup, I have Ground Breaker’s gluten-free Porter instead of IPA #5 in the fridge.

How many months until a Porter-loving pal drops by? I’m tempted to put them in front of the house with a “Free Beer” sign, but that’s probably irresponsible?