Me, Kitchen

I am a tailor, writer, mother, partner, Buddhist, vegan, and human being. Our current household consists of my spouse Ralph and I, our two children Phoenix (14), and Nels (12), one pointer-mix dog, and four kitties.

Ralph and I have been together over nineteen years (we celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary September 8th this year). We started our family in the lovely seaport-cum-tourist town of Port Townsend, Washington, the United States. We moved to Hoquiam in 2007 to be close to my childhood home and my father, who was dying of cancer. I lost him in August 2008.

I love to sew, write, sing and dance, practice yoga, volunteer, and watch B-movies. I do these things while raising and unschooling two active and awesome kiddos and feeding us all on my partner’s income. I sew, write, publish, take photographs, participate in a B-movie podcast, and tweet.

Comment Policies

I moderate comments. Hate speech isn’t tolerated (when in doubt, think it over first – or write me an email). In general, I follow O’Reilly’s blogger code of conduct.

Any questions or emails sent to me may be made public (many of them aren’t); I usually use a first initial if I refer to anyone by name. If you’d like any degree of anonymity or for your email to be excluded from potential publication, do let me know when you write.


If you read here and find anything of value, and have the resources and the desire to support me in this way, I now provide this option. Donating supports my single-income family, two homeschooled kiddos, our five rescue cats and occasional foster kitten, our awesome dog, our friends and neighbors, various undertakings including volunteer work and local events, and will help keep my writings flowing and my Buddhist practice on point.

There are many non-monetary ways to support me and to be a part of this journal community. I appreciate comments, emails, DMs, phone calls, and snail mail. kelly AT hogaboom DOT org ; @kellyhogaboom & @underbellie on Twitter; you can also call or text at 5003287, area code 360. My address is PO Box 205 Hoquiam WA 98550.

Thank you for your years of reading, commenting, and supporting.