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Lane Browning

Lane Browning was first paid for writing when she was a teenager, earning bylines in the Bangkok World and the Sacramento Bee before completing a degree in Journalism. She has published hundreds of essays, investigative pieces, short stories, business articles, doggerel, humor, snarky letters, jokes, reviews, biographies, advice items and features in The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Oregonian, Portland Tribune, New Woman, OMNI, California Today, Cosmopolitan, Portland magazine, USAir, Rain City Review, Reader’s Digest, Executive Female, Black Lamb and others she’s forgotten.

She edited a massive book about the history of Packard engines (the book weighs nearly as much as an engine) and several books about developmental disorders as well as articles for medical journals. It’s her voice you hear on the audiobook The Fabric of Autism, Weaving the Threads into a Cogent Theory, by Judith Bluestone. She helped Ross Eliot finalize his memoir Babette: The Many Lives, Two Deaths and Double Kidnapping of Dr. Ellsworth. She presented career/resume workshops at New Seasons and for NELA, and she delivered five writing coaching sessions for Multnomah County.

She has worked as a reporter, sailing instructor, magazine editor, radio host assistant, and paralegal. She taught ESL to Royal Thai Navy officers in Bangkok at 16; she fell into a puffin burrow in Iceland in 2005 (no puffins were harmed; no puffin eggs were scrambled).

Her Willamette Week column “Whiplash” was named most popular feature in several surveys and was syndicated nationally; she judged WW’s fiction contest.  She taught classes for Oregon Writers Workshop and the Mountain Writers Center in Portland and judged the Kay Snow Writing Competition for Willamette Writers. She has read her work for events at Barnes and Noble, Broadway Books, Powell’s Books, Proper Eats, Bold Sky Cafe, Rose Schnitzer Manor, Annie Bloom’s Books, the Jack London Pub, and smaller venues where the smell of coffee overpowers the scent of syllables. She has owned and operated three writing shops in California and two in Portland, mentoring more than two dozen employees, some of whom survived without scars.

She is perhaps too fond of parentheticals and definitely too fond of ellipses. She is very UNfond of dangling modifiers, superfluous apostrophes, wrongly placed reflexive pronouns, and tautology. She knows that “bicep” and “tricep” are not scientifically accurate terms for anything, and she cherishes her Random House unabridged dictionaries.

She volunteered with the SMART program for 12 years and has the preposterously endearing photos to prove it. She also volunteered dozens and dozens and DOZENS of times with local and international organizations. If you want to take up the slack, try volunteermatch.org, craigslist, or handsonportland.org.

She won her college bowling title a very long time ago, right after bowling competitions discontinued the use of boulders.

She appeared on KATU’s “AM Northwest” discussing job hunting and resumes. She would still have the video of that appearance if her savantish son hadn’t taped over it. He redeemed himself by fixing the thermostat with a combination of duct tape, pushpins, rubber bands, and a bike chain (nerds rule). The other television appearance, on cable access, is intact and antiquated.

In addition to writing, she offers coaching, cheerleading, counseling, advocacy and research services. She knows the lyrics to far too many songs and can’t be persuaded not to sing. Rain is, to her, the most wonderful of all descending or dampening things, and she is happy to rhapsodize on the topic. She celebrates Homo sapiens every day:

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Give her questions; she will furnish answers. However, don’t ask her to explain Fermat’s last theorem, monoclonal antibodies, supply side economics, the Mandelbrot set, Mersenne primes, meiosis, or the completely befuddling popularity of “The Bachelor.”

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