The text and paintings on The Trowbridge Chronicles are taken from the illustrated journal of Violet Trowbridge, a shrew that once lived in a village deep in the Olympic Rain Forest. Each new post will represent a portion of Mrs. Trowbridge’s journal.

Monday, March 19, 2007


In this week's episode, Keno finds himself alone in a dungeon in the emperor's palace at Shomu. He is overcome with despair and guilt for he feels that he has let down his comrades who are trying to hold the Giloh outpost from the onslaught of the Phantom Mongol. Instead of gaining support from the emperor's army, he sits helpless and bloody in his cell. The only sound that he hears is the moan of fellow prisoners, and the hiss of cockroaches. What will become of Keno? Our story resumes...

Monday, March 12, 2007


Go to the November, 2006 archives of the Trowbridge Chronicles to pick up the Khan Chronicles from the beginning.

When I first began reading Mrs. Trowbridge's Khan Chronicles I found myself admiring Keno. He is loyal, resourceful, courageous, and of course, hard-wired to run. He also seems to have a knack for getting himself into precarious situations. This week's episode is no exception. He has gained entrance into Emperor Nang's palace at Shomu and is seeking permission from the emperor to receive military assistance from the royal army. At the moment, it seems that Keno's plans have been put on hold. Our story resumes...

Sunday, March 04, 2007


Mrs. Trowbridge occasionally created her delicate renderings from a primitive form of colored pencil which she fashioned by combining colorful finely ground stones (which she found in Wild Rose Creek or at the seashore) with a waxy substance from some plant source in the rain forest. I am very familiar with the stones that she collected on her trips to the shore. I filled a bag with these stones of many colors on my last trip to Shi Shi Beach. My Shi Shi jar of stones decorates the sunny window sill in my studio. To bring out the brilliance of the colors of the stones, I filled the jar with water.

I have come to know Mrs. T's work well enough to recognize the different media that she used in her paintings. The rendering on the first journal page was definitely created with her colored pencils. She would sometimes use them when she traveled in the rain forest or into the high meadows because of their convenience.

As Shrew Khan and his regiment cling to life at the Giloh outpost, Keno is received by Emperor Nang in his palatial court. And now, we return to the Chronicles of Khan...