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Prayers in Natural Light

Sixty favorite images from The Devil’s Toenail to the Cascade crest, and sometimes over the edge.

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Beyond cellular service
a point of emphasis
The beauty of experience
Upon arrival
what she says when I call
Footbridge in an afterlife
Silk stream on the north fork
North chamber Potholes Coulee
Currently jade
As the crow flies
The heron holds its ground
In memory of Marcia Dewinter
Oak leaf arteries
The talus garden
Peter and the apostles at dawn
The Boulder on the Bumping
My Valentine
Water and the Willow
Rock Creek searches for the ocean
String Theory
The Sisters at sunrise
mountains and the mountain
The root of it
Sea of Palouse
The sky you and I share
On the road to Mt. Hope
Rising from the talus
Unreasonably orange
The light within the grove
Grace is also ephemeral
Storm on the bunchgrass straits
Wenatchee River near Leavenworth
The falls below Judith Pool
New Year’s Day
Steamboat Rock, Take 2
How rocks get wet
Wishing you were here
Aspen and red twig in Northrup Canyon
Iris in the hollow
Path through the marsh
The gold in Rock Creek
Virga for Odessa
Seventeen ways to blue
The Meadow off Elder Road
The Falls at Hawk Creek
Peter and the Apostles, a wider view
The flame in the park
leaves in the multiverse
The west wall
The Bend in the Gap
A woodpecker’s place
Sunset near Lamont



Life in the Key of K

Kendall Feeney dazzled audiences with her passion for eclectic music. Off stage she was just as inspiring.

My favorite memory of Kendall Feeney is from a bowling outing, one that now seems like a lifetime ago.

It had to have been in the early 90s and the three of us—she and I and my then-spouse, Connie—must have wanted to get out of our heads for a while. So, here was this restless musical scholar and wisp of a phenom—in four tone, rental bowling shoes. Her eyes were crossed and her tongue was sticking out of her mouth as she pretended to be drunk after rolling a gutter ball. It was deliriously funny. She could be that way.

photo courtesy Patricia Ratcliffe

I wouldn’t be the one to even try to summarize K’s extraordinary musical legacy. I’ll just inject that if there were any questions about her talent, her passion, and her insatiable explorations, she answered them many times over with the aptly named “Zephyr” project she created and sustained in Spokane for over a decade, until 2002.

Even so, there was so much more to her career as an artist and teacher. For those reasons, it was more than fitting that the first person to speak publicly about Kendall’s passing was fellow musician Verne Windham who, for a generation, has also been the voice of classical music for Spokane Public Radio. With perfectly eloquent silence, Verne said nothing at all to start his tribute to her. He simply allowed her piano to speak in Bach for two and a half minutes before softly informing his audience of her passing and talking wistfully about her life and her formidable contributions to the Spokane music scene. The 17 minute piece includes a fairly recent recording of Kendall teaching Bach and in it we hear the energy and fluctuations in her voice as she writes out loud about how the composition unfolds. It is the voice of a woman who would not be extinguished. She led an indelible life. Continue reading Life in the Key of K