About M. Morford

M. Morford Writer, teacher, community story-teller, poet, advocate of the oddities of earthly existence. Scavenger of the unlikely.

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Give some life to Mason Gulch

Published on May 13th, 2016 | by M. Morford

Who wouldn’t want a new, pristine park walking distance from their home? Who wouldn’t want visibly  eroding slopes below a major arterial monitored and stabilized? What neighbors wouldn’t want their local elementary school to have a ... Read More


It’s not over until it’s over: #NoMethanol253

Published on March 14th, 2016 | by M. Morford

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) president Murray V. Godley in a recent public statement observed, “The Pacific Northwest’s dedication to environmental protection is one of the reasons NWIW chose this region for its facilities. Given these objectives, ... Read More


M. Morford on the methanol plant scoping session

Published on February 16th, 2016 | by M. Morford

It was Tacoma’s off-with-their-heads moment. For a project the size and scale of the proposed methanol plant – the largest on the planet – layers and layers of permits, requirements and authorizations must be approved and ... Read More


Off the rails with Jack

Published on April 15th, 2015 | by M. Morford

Tacoma has more than its share of memorable and colorful characters, but few were as visible as Jack Falk. Most of us who have worked or even just passed through downtown Tacoma have seen Jack and his ... Read More


What story would a drunken telegraph tell?

Published on April 9th, 2015 | by M. Morford

“Overhead the drunken telegraph, telephone, and electric-light wires tangled on tottering posts whose butts were half whittled through by the knife of the loafer.“ In his book Coast to Coast, the 24 year old Rudyard Kipling ... Read More


Tacoma’s Saint Bix

Published on March 13th, 2015 | by M. Morford

If anyone should be Tacoma’s patron saint, that person should be Father Bix. Bix was born in Tacoma, and like many of us, left his home town to do great things. But Bix came home to ... Read More


Parkland is (still) burning

Published on June 13th, 2014 | by M. Morford

If you think the common attitude of most of the greater Puget Sound area (especially Seattle) towards Tacoma is a smoldering, condescending compilation of terms defining Tacoma as a gritty, not-worth-visiting, noxiously smelling burg with a ... Read More


Heidelberg Prince

The Once and Future Thing About Tacoma

Published on September 23rd, 2013 | by M. Morford

The Long Shadow of Short-Sightedness I don’t know any other city’s history as well as I know Tacoma’s but I have to marvel at the weakness, impotence, and occasional self-destructiveness of our civic fathers from the ... Read More

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