You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.
Portland in particular is a cheap enough place to live that you can still develop your passion - painting, writing, music. People seem less status-conscious. Even wealthy people buy second-hand clothes and look a little bit homeless.
My teacher Tom Spanbauer, the man who got me started writing in his workshop, used to say: 'Writers write because they weren't invited to a party.' That always struck so true, and people always nod their heads when they hear that. Especially writers.
People say I make up wild stories. But all I have to do is write down stuff that really happens.
J. Irwin Miller