About Timothy Thomas McNeely

Timothy Thomas McNeely Most days, Timothy Thomas McNeely leads federal and state education program reviews for the State of Washington. Born in Tacoma, he studied poetry and philosophy in Canada and the United Kingdom. He is editor of the Community and Literature sections for Post Defiance, and writes poetry and prose whenever he can. He and his family live in Tacoma. Find him on Twitter as @ttmcneely.

Author Archives: Timothy Thomas McNeely


Bluebeard: The Drop

Coffee roasters in Tacoma

Published on September 8th, 2015 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

The difference is between a factory and a workshop. A factory is immense, impersonal and aimed at the bottom line. A workshop is small, intimate and focused on craftsmanship and quality. You don’t want to live ... Read More


Creative Colloquy reading. Photo courtesy of Creative Colloquy on Facebook.

Creating a community of writers

Published on April 28th, 2014 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

Critical mass is hard to come by in small communities. Finding enough participants to sustain an effort and maintain growth is a challenge any group must face if it wants to last. It doesn’t matter how ... Read More


Great job, gutter blossoms. Photo courtesy of Instagram user @katynicoud.

Why Poetry Needs Tacoma

Published on April 17th, 2014 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

Every month has its evangelists, spreading the good news of that month’s theme. April is National Poetry Month, and even now advocates are distributing their literature on the merits of poetry. “Why do we need poetry?” ... Read More


Books to read

Look what I got! A winter book guide

Published on December 26th, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

While not “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” here are seven new ways of seeing the world at large. Our winter book guide this year focuses on how we look at our surroundings, and how ... Read More


Squirrels Read the Note

The Holly and the Ivy, Part 4

Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

Read “The Holly and the Ivy, Part 1″ here, “Part 2″ here, and “Part 3” here. Inside the squirrel’s ivy house, the adult animals cleaned up after the feast. Outside, on the branches of the holly tree, the children ... Read More



The Holly and the Ivy, Part 3

Published on December 16th, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

Read “The Holly and the Ivy, Part 1″ here and “Part 2” here. Three squirrels and two children ran along the branches of the holly tree, up and down adjoining limbs, most always careful to avoid the prickly ... Read More



The Holly and the Ivy, Part 2

Published on December 9th, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

Read “The Holly and the Ivy, Part 1” here. One frightening moment, an ivy vine entangled Beatrice and Amos’ arms, hauled them into the hole in the holly tree, and up its hollow interior. The next moment, ... Read More



The Holly and the Ivy, Part 1

Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

Beatrice and Amos ate their lunch staring outside at the pouring December rain. It rained all week, and was raining now on Saturday, as well. The rain dripped off the bare December branches, the swing, the ... Read More



The Lead Cloak: No Privacy, Big Problem

Published on October 11th, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

When you read this article, you may have just redirected from Facebook, followed a link from Twitter, or found it on your own somehow, and you are now exploring it on a computer or mobile device, ... Read More


United for a Bigger and Better Tacoma Float

Results! from the Just One More Thing Survey

Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

We all sit at our tables, at our corner of the bar, now and then, and discuss these things with friends: what’s great about this; what’s terrible about that. In a sense Post Defiance is one ... Read More



Maritime Fest Promises to Be a Merry Time

Published on August 22nd, 2013 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely

Forget the views of Mt. Rainier. Forget the railway connection to the Northern Pacific Line that made Tacoma dream of its destiny. Forget diversity or proximity to military bases or anything else you thought set Tacoma ... Read More

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