Washington’s Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. With nearly 1 million acres, the park encompasses several distinctly different ecosystems. Visitors can take in fantastic views of scenic vistas of snow-capped peaks and subalpine forests at Hurricane Ridge, the park’s most easily accessed location in high country. Hurricane Ridge has a number of hiking trails, from ridgetop traverses to steep trails that descend to subalpine lakes and valleys. Photo courtesy of Jayasimha Murthy (


New Children’s Book Release:

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Finding Someplace

Denise Lewis Patrick

Reesie Boone just knows that thirteen is going to be her best year yet-this will be the year she makes her very first fashion design on her Ma Maw’s sewing machine. She’ll skip down the streets of New Orleans with her best friends, Ayanna and Orlando, and everyone will look at her in admiration.

But on Reesie’s birthday, everything changes. Hurricane Katrina hits her city. Stranded at home alone, Reesie takes refuge with her elderly neighbor, Miss Martine. The waters rise. They escape in a boat. And soon Reesie is reunited with her family. But her journey back home has only begun.

This is a story of a family putting itself back together, and a young girl learning to find herself.


I went down to a place down in Bed Stuy,
a little liquor on my lips.
I let him climb inside my body,
and held him captive in my kiss.


Had a great time at Violet Chachki’s show at the Brick last night!

Got to see Farrah Moan, one of my favorite Austin queens, and bumped into Kennedy Davenport and got to catch up with her a bit and tell her about my Hotlanta adventures!

Seriously met some of the coolest people on the set of Hurricane Bianca!