May 12, 2015
They come in all shapes and sizes.
They build water wells, schools, homes and churches in foreign countries. They make quilts or sweaters or socks or wigs for people with cancer. They give their time to animals at local animal shelters, help victims of domestic violence and give up birthday presents, instead asking that they go to others.
May 5, 2015
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m surely not alone in feeling this way, but going away to a foreign city or a secluded beach resort would be a lot more enjoyable if it weren’t for those pesky airports.
Unfortunately, we haven’t invented a more efficient mode of transportation, like those rocket ships sci-fi master Robert Heinlein envisioned. And even if we had, they would certainly fall under the governance of everyone’s favorite bureaucracy — the Transportation Security Administration.
April 28, 2015
How many of us actually end up doing what we’ve always dreamed of since we were kids?
I love what I’m doing, but I kinda grew into it. My mom likes to joke I always wanted to be a brain surgeon. I guess I gave that up when I found out how hard it would actually be.
April 21, 2015
There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.
In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!
April 14, 2015
Late in February, my wife Michelle became suddenly, seriously ill, ending up in the hospital for a little over two weeks. One week of that was spent in intensive care.
The beautiful part here is she is home and doing fine. To me, that’s the most important sentence in this column.
April 7, 2015
All right, you NFL football scouts, listen up.
More than four-dozen of you were here in Seattle last week at the Huskies’ Pro Day workout, looking over stars from the University of Washington, salivating over the prospects.
March 31, 2015
This may come as a big surprise to readers who know me as a sports-loving lunatic, but I didn’t participate this year in a time-honored tradition — filling out a bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Why, you might ask, would I decide to do such a wacky thing? Hasn’t the whole March Madness thing spread to all corners of our society, where even Fran the lunch lady or Pete the computer geek — people who never follow sports — are now waxing poetic on the virtues of the Butler Bulldogs, Creighton Bluejays and Wichita State Shockers?
March 25, 2015
I’m a live-and-let-live kinda guy. As long as what you do doesn’t bother what I do, I usually don’t have a problem with it, legal issues aside.
Well, now I might have a beef with the Environmental Protection Agency. It seems the EPA is encroaching on my territory, specifically, my backyard.
That’s where I keep my barbecue grill.
March 25, 2015
This region is truly world class — from our breathtaking environment to our vibrant communities. But the “world class” label bestowed upon us in a newspaper column last fall — “Hey, we’re world class! For truly terrible traffic” — must serve as a wake-up call for action.
That headline came after the Washington State Department of Transportation released its 2014 “Congestion Report,” showing us that the gridlock and brake-tapping we’ve been stewing in for years is now significantly worse.
March 17, 2015
I spend a lot of time thinking about local people and things, and I’d like to point out some of them here.
Kudos to the parents of young Maddie Sprague, Jeannie and Colin Sprague who met Maddie when she was only a couple of weeks old. Although they knew about her health problems — she had open-heart surgery the day she was born — they adopted her anyway.