Here in This Kitchen by Gail Denham

Art Credit - PP&P staff

Art Credit – PP&P staff

“Here In This Kitchen” perhaps describes the years Gail has spent there, as she and her husband raised four sons and housed a variety of come-and-go college lodgers. They now enjoy having a heap of grandchildren come and go. The kitchen is a short distance from her lovely office with Central Oregon sunlight warming her.

It’s been her delight to tell stories since childhood — later to write them. Poetry, essays, short stories, articles, newspaper stories and photos have filled up 35 years of waiting for the mail, with many encouragements that slipped through. Between 2008 and 2010, she published three chapbooks– Hold That Moment, On the Way to Everywhere, and Dancin’ Thru’ Puddles

Her great family are not only a delight, but fodder for her stories, poems and photos. Youngest child Mitch grew blase about being on the cover of some magazine. Since he was the last at home, he also was asked to test the teen stories. Gail’s husband of 54 years, Dan, has been Gail’s encourager, along with many writer friends and Gail’s Finnish mother until she died.

It’s been Gail’s privilege to lead writing and photography workshops at Northwest conferences. Presently she belongs to a dozen state poetry associations and is about to moderate an on-line critique group.

Age, in Gail’s mind, is merely something that fades the hair and irritates your muscles, bones, eyes, and perhaps hearing — but is not in charge of the mind and heart. She gives thanks for remaining alert, alive, aspiring, and active. Humor, faith, and story are high on her list of subjects about which to write. Gail regularly submits to and wins prizes from contests.

Gail’s Facebook page.

Mitch and kids on raft--some of the family fun about which Gail loves to write.

Mitch and kids on raft–some of the family fun about which Gail loves to write.

Author Gail Denham.

Author Gail Denham.

Path in forest.

Path in forest.

More family fun--sledding!

More family fun–sledding!

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6 thoughts on “Here in This Kitchen by Gail Denham

  1. The funnest times – being with family – Mitch & family on raft also include second son Matt, floating on tube. The four kiddos are Olivia, Nathan, Karina and Braedan…Cultus Lake – some great memories there.

  2. Oh dear – should have also mentioned that all four sons were on magazine covers over the years. Wouldn’t want to leave them off the list. They all got used to posing, bless ’em.

    • Thanks a lot for reading the piece – I like it when people respond to the feeling of the writing

    • Thanks – it was fun doing this – made me think of the dust bowl migrants and the hardships they endured – but also the many places we lived in growing up – from one rental to the next. nothing as derelict as this but…

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