About The Cartoonist

T- Drawing OutsideT- McCracken is a cartoonist, writer, historian and naturalist. She lives with a few stray animals outside of Waldport, Oregon where, alas, a single woman has a better chance of being abducted by space aliens than of finding a compatible single man who speaks in something other than monosyllables AND has his own teeth. Dentures are OK. He just has to own them. They can’t be on lay away at Wal*mart.

As a cartoonist she struggles to meet the humor needs of the nation, creating cartoons and drawing illustrations for hundreds of magazines and newspapers. Of course, she’s drawn for the New Yorker . . . although they’ve yet to have the good sense to buy any of her work. Hundreds of others, though, ranging from the Saturday Evening Post to the Oregonian to small trade journals, have. She targets her work to publications’ specific audiences, be it anemic agriculturalists or zany zoologists.

Most of her writings are humorous articles, but sometimes she does something on a serious topic. Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon’s Love Cult (Caxton Press, 2002) has everything a good read should have: sex, mass insanity, the downfall of prominent families, murder, and sensational court trials. And it’s all true. Many of descendants of the people in the story are her friends and neighbors.

She first wrote about Edmund Creffield and his flock of Holy Rollers while working for the U. S. Forest Service and was compiling anecdotes about Northwest history. That research was part of the reason she was named “Pacific Northwest Region Forest Interpreter of the Year” in 1994.

These days every now and then she leads Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel) groups on nature hikes and sea-life cruises on the Discovery, a boat out of Newport, OR.

Want a few laughs & learn about the local flora, fauna & history on your next visit to the central Oregon coast. Rent her through Rent a Naturalist

The second most extraordinary accomplishment in her life was hitchhiking from Cape Town, South Africa to Kisangani, Zaire, and from there taking a barge 1,500 miles down the Zaire (the Congo) River to Kinshasa.

The most extraordinary accomplishment in her life was living for years in a leaky twenty-foot trailer–much of the time with no electricity or running water–while building her house.

T. McCracken
890 North Bayview Loop
Waldport, Oregon 97394
(541) 563-3112

mchumor@pioneer.net

Want to Know More about T- McCracken (a.k.a. Me)?

One of the great thing about the internet is that you can now bore complete strangers with your year-end letters. In my blog I posted all the letters I’ve written since 1987. They’re perfect reading for masochists and insomniacs.

2014 Highlights: A Terrible, Horrible, Horrendous Year

2013 Highlights: Hauled Aboard a Boat in Norway Like a Limp Whale

2011 & 2012 Highlights: There Were No Highlights

2010 Highlights: Embracing My Dotage and Decrepitude

2009 Highlights: Dead Water Pumps and Doing France With a Three-Year Old

2008 Highlights: India on less than $5 a Day

2007 Highlights: Flaming Trucks and Exploding Vacuums

2006 Highlights: 2 Weeks in a Norwegian Jail & Mushroom Humor

2005 Highlights: An Oregonian, A Hungarian & A German Walk Into a Bar

2004 Highlights: Family and Women Airforce Service Pilots

2003 Highlights: The Spotted Owl and the Pussy Cat

2002 Highlights: The News from Waldport

2001 Highlights: Babies, Stud Muffins, and War

2000 Highlights: Getting Paid to Not Play a Guitar

1999 Highlights: Cleaning Whale Snot off a Ship

1996 Highlights: Into the Woods with Juvenile Delinquents

1995 Highlights: A Hum Drum Day on the Oregon Coast

1994 Highlights: An Almost Normal Life for a Naturalist

Highlights 1993: The Hardest Part about Building May Be Getting A Loan

1992 Highlights: Modern Day Homesteader in a Leaky Trailer

1991 Highlights: A Drive Across America & Nature Walks for the Disabled

1990 Highlights: A Hung Jury or a Hostage Crisis?

1989 Highlights: An Off Beat Dominican Republic Vacation

1988 Highlights: Forest Restoration After A Fire

1987 Highlights: First Year as a Forest Fire Fighter