First Blog Post since 2013!

There are reasons I haven’t added much to my blog. I’m new at posting things. Basically, I posted one short posting, “Tips to Practicing” that included the photo I took of Tsagaglal aka “She Who Watches” after visiting her at Columbia Hills State Park, WA. Nine years later, FIELD NOTES to Maya Lin’s Confluence Project would be finished and dedicated to Tsagaglal. Because of her, and the poems I was writing to her, I followed her advice to visit each of the Confluence Project sites to learn more about her People, the Big River and WHY she watches over them.

I met “She Who Watches” in 2012 at Daniel Leen’s EcoDesigns craft booth at Pike Place Market. I bought the necklace with her face etched on a black polished circle, hung on a leather strap–and returned home with his brochure and enough information to guide me to Columbia Hills State Park and The Confluence Project’s (unfinished) Maya Lin Landscape at Celilo Park.

I must admit that I learned the hard way that working on website text, doesn’t automatically save itself. THUS I’ve already accidentally lost all of the first posting by not saving drafts as I went along. Yes. This is the second time I’ve tried to write a few paragraphs with background info and Zoom Dates. Wish me a bit more luck of all beginners.

FIRST: I’ve added these events to my EVENTS Page. Look them up at

SECOND: I’m reminded by MAIL CHIMP that I have subscribers who are waiting to hear from me. Thus, let me try again to make this posting about the two events coming up on January 20th and February 5th!


Connecting with the BIG RIVER: Introduction to Confluence featuring Colin Fogarty, Executive Director of Confluence, Ann Batchelor Hursey, author of FIELD NOTES, and Antone Minthorn, Founding Board Chair of Confluence (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.) We’ll be discussing how Confluence began, how it has evolved, and where we are going in the future.

  • January 20, 2022 Thursday, 5-6 pm (PST) Register at
  • Make sure to register by clicking the “Sign Up” button to receive the ZOOM details.
  • If you register and can’t attend, Confluence will send a link to the recorded session

Raven Talk, QAWQS: Susan Noyes Platt with Ann Batchelor Hursey

From their website: “We are hosting monthly conversations with writers, artists and cultural warriors. Today, art historian Susan Noyes Platt is talking to Ann Batchelor Hursey about her recently published book, Field Notes, To Maya Lin’s Confluence Project Landscapes.

  • February 5, 2022 Saturday, 2- 3 pm (PST)
  • Register at
  • click on the zoom link under the event announcement

I wish I was clever enough to post a photo, but I think I’m going to SAVE DRAFT, Preview it and Publish this today. I’m taking baby steps and hope my “subscribed followers” read this in their MailChimp account from me.

I will end this blog post with the last paragraph from FIELD NOTES (page, 58) Whose homeland do I call home?

I acknowledge that I live in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, on the traditional land of the Coast Salish with its many Bands and Tribes: Duwamish, Suquamish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Tulalip, Swinomish, among others whose ancestral waters flow into the Salish Sea. People that are still here, continuing to honor and bring to light their ancient heritage.

Stay tuned for more postings from me and perhaps I’ll add a photo or two?

Ann Batchelor Hursey