December 3, 2014
I married an angel. That, or she’s been watching too much Hallmark channel.
Michelle came home from grocery shopping the other day and started blubbering, punctuated by actual sobs for air.
Something deeply troubling had obviously happened. I hadn’t seen her this emotional since she read her father’s eulogy.
November 25, 2014
Many people think about things they are thankful for at this time of year.
But being trapped in a snowstorm and not being able to get home will really get you thinking about even the little things for which you are grateful.
Three of us headed to a corporate meeting last week in Yakima. We left early Friday for the two-hour drive, and planned to be home that evening. Mother Nature had other plans.
November 18, 2014
Two years ago, my soon-to-be-wife and I spent Thanksgiving in Spokane with my father, and we shared an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
My dad and I both earned our degrees from Washington State University, and naturally we’re both big fans of Cougar football. His roots with the football program stretch much deeper than mine — as a small boy, he accepted the challenge of some fraternity brothers and carried a live duck onto the field during a game against Oregon. Or so the legend goes.
November 18, 2014
On Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Issaquah Community Hall, I’m known as “the coffee guy.” I stand near the door as 50 or more people come through for a shared lunch provided by a circle of people of which I’m part, offering my “best in Issaquah,” home-roasted brew.
November 11, 2014
Well, we’ve survived another election season. Now we just have to next endure the consequences of the choices made with the vote.
But now that it’s over, I’ve realized I kind of liked having the power of making some pretty important choices. Which got me to thinking — what other areas of life would be better if we had a vote to determine the outcome? Here are a few of my ideas. Read more
November 4, 2014
The subject line in the e-mail from my editor last Thursday said, “Denny’s closure.”
Frantically I opened the file.
“You go there a lot, I believe. Do you know anything?”
November 4, 2014
As a part of the proposed 2015 city of Issaquah budget, municipal leaders have proposed major changes to the cost of doing business in Issaquah — some welcome changes and some troublesome — involving the city’s business and occupation (or B&O) tax, a tax on total gross (not net) income.
The first change is a welcome and very much common-sense improvement to the B&O exemption, raising it four-fold to help the smallest local enterprises while also streamlining collection.
October 28, 2014
Everyone is talking about the latest school shooting, the one at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last week, saying what a tragedy it is. And they say it every time a public shooting happens.
Don’t get me wrong — I whole-heartedly agree with that. And I can’t imagine what the family members and friends of victims must go through at such a time.
October 21, 2014
Horror movies aren’t really my area of expertise. I prefer watching classic sports movies, like “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” or “Rudy,” or spending years waiting for book-based fantasy adventures like “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” to wrap up.
However, I’m more than willing to get into the spirit of the season when it comes to Halloween. There’s a certain sense of exhilaration that comes from viewing hordes of zombies, chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, and enough blood and gore to make your average emergency-room physician nauseous.
October 14, 2014
Halloween — it’s got to be one of the most interesting times of the year.
We’re still two weeks out from Oct. 31, but I thought it would be a perfect time to broach the subject as events are already coming up on the calendar, like Nightmare at Beaver Lake, which starts Friday, and Saturday is the annual Halloween in the Highlands festival and Zombie Walk in downtown Issaquah.