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Claire Gebben
Attended Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
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Hair snaps
My urge to snap photos of random hair -- on the streets, in a restaurant, while waiting in line -- may seem voyeuristic. I mean, we're not just talking hair here, we're talking the people styling it. Usually, I haven't asked their permission. Often, the pho...
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The manbun
You'd think I would notice a new hair trend, but it slipped right past me. "You post about hair?" Mary asked me at a recent gathering. "Have you talked about the manbun?" I hadn't. A quick browser search of the word sent me down a rabbit hole of terminology...
You'd think I would notice a new hair trend, but it slipped right past me. "You post about hair?" Mary asked me at a recent gathering. "Have you talked about the manbun?" I hadn't. A quick browser search of the word sent me d...
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Hair nits
To the uninitiated, the shame of head lice cannot be fully appreciated. Until my daughter contracted lice, I was glib. Certainly, it wouldn't happen to our family. "There's been an outbreak of head lice in the Sunday School," the Church Education Director t...
To the uninitiated, the shame of head lice cannot be fully appreciated. Until my daughter contracted lice, I was glib. Certainly, it wouldn't happen to our family. "There's been an outbreak of head lice in the Sunday School,"...
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Hair unfettered
One of the three basic facts of all existence, according to the Buddha, is impermanence , aka change. Hence, as philosophically as I am able, I must accept that my longtime hairstylist Jeff Carlson has decided to unfetter himself from his job at the hair sa...
One of the three basic facts of all existence, according to the Buddha, is impermanence, aka change. Hence, as philosophically as I am able, I must accept that my longtime hairstylist Jeff Carlson has decided to unfetter hims...
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Scalping
I've been reading Astoria by Peter Stark, about John Jacob Astor's attempts to build a fur-trading empire on the Northwest Coast in the early 1800s. The book and the write-up about scalping is captivating. To scalp, the perpetrator typically turned his vict...
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Hair attunement
We arrive at yoga from the office, from home, amid errands or before afternoon appointments, and wait, facing forward in mountain pose, as the instructor C attunes us for our session in vinyasa. "I thought I'd start this morning by talking briefly about som...
We arrive at yoga from the office, from home, amid errands or before afternoon appointments, and wait, facing forward in mountain pose, as the instructor C attunes us for our session in vinyasa. "I thought I'd start this morn...
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You'd think I would notice a new hair trend, but it slipped right past me. "You post about hair?" Mary asked me at a recent gathering. "Have you talked about the manbun?" I hadn't. I actually hadn't even known it existed. A q...
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Homage to big freaky hair
It's true, I was an American Idol fan, and in this past, final season, it wasn't just La'Porsha Renae's vocal chords that kept me transfixed. It was also her big freaky hair. On a quest for fashion trends re: the same, I came across a couple of sites. Fashi...
It's true, I was an American Idol fan, and in this past, final season, it wasn't just La'Porsha Renae's vocal chords that kept me transfixed. It was also her big freaky hair. On a quest for fashion trends re: the same, I came...
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Hair and humans
Calling all hair aficionados. Last month, Hair: A Human History arrived on bookstore shelves. The book covers hair science, hair history, and anthropological and cultural perspectives on hair fiber. Specifically, but not limited to, human hair. The importan...
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Long-haired men
The sad news about the too-soon death of David Bowie has generated reminiscences, such as this BBC news clip of 17-year-old David Jones (he later changed his name to Bowie to avoid confusion, due to Davy Jones and the Monkees) making the news. For what? Fou...
The sad news about the too-soon death of David Bowie has generated reminiscences, such as this BBC news clip of 17-year-old David Jones (he later changed his name to Bowie to avoid confusion, due to Davy Jones and the Monkees...
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Holiday hair
This week I went for my usual cut and color at Gary Manuel Salon. "The red still looks good," my stylist Jeff said as I settled in the chair. "Should we add a stripe of green for Christmas?" "Hey, I definitely should," I laughed. But honestly, I just couldn...
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My first novel was 101 pages, in pencil, on ruled notebook paper. Many words later ...
Introduction
                 
I am a life-long student, fascinated by people, especially our innermost longings and how we overcome our greatest challenges.

I love hiking, history, yoga, family and friends.
Bragging rights
My novel "The Last of the Blacksmiths" is now available in bookstores and on Amazon.
Education
  • Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
    MFA, Creative Writing, 2008 - 2011
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Writing, editing, teaching, researching, blogging, communications
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  • Self-employed
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Maiden name: Patterson