2016 WA Primary Voting Record

I’ve been trying to keep track of my voting record in the big election years to see which way I lean politically over time. I think I’ve typically tended to vote about 60% conservative, 40% liberal — which is about where I was during the 2012 primary election. We live in a vote-by-mail county, so […]

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Scariest Night of My Life

You’ve probably thought through that hypothetical situation, What would you grab if you had to evacuate your house because of a fire? Tonight — well, technically last night, July 3, and this morning, July 4 — I found out the answer: my laptop, iPhone, iPad and similar electronic devices. The kids did pretty much the […]

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My son graduated from high school tonight

Sean graduated from high school tonight. I thought I’d be the one to keep things together during the ceremony — that Cari would do all the crying for us. Ha! Pretty naive on my part. This is my son we’re talking about. My firstborn. The first blood relative I ever met. (I’m adopted.) The person […]

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Red October: My new favorite plant

I’m calling Red October my “new” favorite plant, but if I’m being honest, I don’t know that I have an “old” favorite plant. I do know that I love this one, which we planted in our front yard (the one you see above) and back yard (a half dozen of them in the landscaping along […]

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In Praise of (TIME) Magazine Journalism

Actually, this post is more about praise of one specific magazine, although I have said before that I continue to enjoy several magazines. The one I’m talking about is TIME magazine, which we just started subscribing to this month. I was at the eye doctor with my daughter a few weeks ago and picked up […]

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The Perfect Burger, Non-Bacon Edition

This is my Blistering Garlic Ranch Burger. I wish you all could’ve tasted this thing of beauty that I made a few nights ago, because it’s the best burger I’ve ever made. I’ve been tweaking this same burger for the past month or two, and finally got it to perfect burger status. What You Need […]

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