About

 

Hi. I'm Brooke. I live in the Portland, Oregon, area and write about most anything that comes up, roughly on themes of simple living and secondhand reuse. I should have a narrower focus, but that's not how my brain works. Synthesis is underrated.

I used to teach writing but much prefer writing to talking about it (or grading papers, ugh), which is why I started the blog, for which I traded in a perfectly good Pottery Barn sofa for a used SLR and have no regrets. Right now, I'm saving up for a tiny house—to be built by my step-father. We're still in the planning stages as I save up funds. Personally, I've never liked to build stuff, and I suck at geometry and physics. But I love good design.

I also like, among other things, library books, tea lights, old jazz, herringbone, dark chocolate, short stories, long walks, thrift stores, linen, dining in rather than out, and fuchsia sweet peas (the free ones). I dislike liars, lima beans, greed, spaghetti squash, and beets. If I could time travel, I'd slip into the 1930s—they had the best living writers and artists, and women could finally wear pants.

The second half of 2015, I underwent treatment for invasive breast cancer. I don't focus on it much here on the blog, but it has changed my life, in some ways for the better. Cancer has made me stronger and focused my priorities. I am less likely to give a shit and more likely to try new things. Life is short. I want to live it more fully—and kindly.

Thanks for reading.

(Contact me privately, if needed, at secondhandgoods.contact[AT]gmail.com.)


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