Earned privilege

March 11, 2014

In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book

Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”

From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through Amazon.com. They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.

By David Hayes Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

By David Hayes
Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”

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Issaquah schools partner with Amazon to raise funds

September 30, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 30, 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has started its annual All in for Kids fundraiser, and is looking for families to donate money to fund basic programs throughout the school district.

Issaquah remains near the bottom of the state’s public school districts in terms of per-pupil funding. The foundation’s goal is to make up the gap between what the state provides for basic education and the actual cost.

As part of the fundraiser, anyone who shops at Amazon.com can earmark up to 8 percent of his or her purchase for the foundation. Donations can also be made on the ISF website.