Katy Bourne

The Glory of the Hang

POSTED ON March 24, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

A little over a week ago, I had the pleasure of singing at the North Bend Jazz Walk. For this annual event, venues throughout downtown North Bend host live performances that feature numerous jazz musicians from across the Northwest scene. This was the fourth year for the walk and, per usual, it was outstanding. The ... Read More

The Hardest Goodbye

POSTED ON March 08, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 7 Comments

On Saturday morning, my 21-year old son Emmett took off on an extended road trip to explore the United States and, possibly, points south in Mexico and Central America. He loaded the last of his camping gear into his car and we said our goodbyes. Although I tried very hard not to, I cried. Aside ... Read More


POSTED ON February 25, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

  The cherry blossoms are going berserk. This is the cue. We’ll rock like ninjas. We’ll spin like dervishes. We’ll smack the stars around. It’s ours for the taking. We’ve put in the time. We’ve gone mad in the trenches. We’ve stitched up every last broken heart. It’s within our grasp. The naysayers are trembling; ... Read More

Seattle Seahawks: The Enduring Road of Love

POSTED ON February 02, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

Ugh. It’s a rough morning in Seattle. After reading multiple explanations from coaches and analysts, I get the thinking behind the play call. Still, the decision not to feed the Beast –arguably the best running back in the league – was an epic and egregious fail. I stand by my original reaction: “WTF?” Several have ... Read More

Have Fun. Right Now. Today.

POSTED ON January 06, 2015 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

OK, OK, OK…. My inner child is picking her nose and wiggling in her seat. She’s come up with ten ideas for having fun right now. I’ve tried each of these and can testify that they all work. Let’s roll: Throughout the day, text weird and happy selfies to a select handful of unsuspecting friends and ... Read More

We are Awesome & Other Thoughts for the New Year

POSTED ON December 31, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

The New Year is here. It’s time to take a few deep breaths, square our shoulders and get it on. I’m feeling stupidly optimistic about the year ahead. Here are ten thoughts going in:   Weird is better than humorless. Experts agree. So, if you feel that special inclination, go for it. You’re not getting ... Read More

For Your Tender Heart at Christmas

POSTED ON December 22, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 5 Comments

I must concede that Christmas is indeed the most magical time of the year. Between the cheery lights, the upbeat snap in the air and the bright faces of excited children, there’s an inescapable wonder to it all. Whether you believe or not, even the elegant mystery of the Nativity can stir the most cynical ... Read More

Racism & Me

POSTED ON December 02, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments

Although I’ve thought about it about a lot, I’ve never written about racism. For starters, I wasn’t sure I had the right. But even more, I’ve been too afraid: afraid of creating more pain and anger, afraid of my own ignorance, afraid of exposing less than desirable parts of myself. But in light of recent events ... Read More

10 Alternatives to Losing Your Mind on Thanksgiving

POSTED ON November 26, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

  Uh oh, here comes Thanksgiving. I personally dig it. I love the lazy hang and the big feed. But for a lot of folks, this holiday has the potential for all kinds of trouble. Between trying relatives, disasters in the kitchen, overcharged expectations and bad behavior from inebriates and other ne’re do wells, the ... Read More

The Rat Debacle

POSTED ON November 19, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

This all started with a very large bag of flour. A few months ago, my 21-year old son Emmett and his friend Tucker needed a kitchen to make some bagels for a potential business venture they were considering. Although Emmett has his own apartment, he doesn’t cook there–too many cockroaches. (At one point or another, most ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.