In Praise of Vin Scully

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be some kind of sportscaster. I wanted to be on TV or doing play-by-play — didn’t matter the sport, I wanted to do it all. This was in the late ’70s and early ’80s, long before the internet and — more importantly — long before […]

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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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