I’m Alison Wiley, living mostly joyfully here in Portland, Oregon. My writing reflects my life experience: that more stuff doesn’t mean more joy — unless we’re talking about the stuff that really matters, like more friendships, more physical vitality, more work we love doing, and more connection to nature, God and community.
To me, that’s the diamond-cut life: chiseling our focus down to what really matters. I care about our world’s future and how our current rates of consumption are compromising it. I take global warming seriously.
My paid work is for the state of Oregon, being of service to the five counties in the largely rural southwestern corner of the state. As a lifelong writer, I’ve won my share of awards, and I’ve had my opinion pieces published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, International Herald Tribune, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle. Earlier in my life, I worked as a self-employed artist, alcohol/drug counselor, census taker, emergency medical technician, gardener, college teaching assistant and farm hand. I love to learn.
I have a B.S. in Sociology from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. My wonderful husband Thor Hinckley leads the nation’s leading renewable energy program at Portland General Electric. We don’t have children, but we love children, and our pint-sized neighbors Alayna and Jeremiah are in and out of our house constantly. We’re on the southeast flank of Mount Tabor here in Portland, with the solar panels on the roof and the poetry post in the garden next to the pedestrian path. Please say hello if you’re in the neighborhood. Whether or not you’re in the neighborhood, I’d love you to share your thoughts or just say hello in a comment. And please visit again.
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