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My Country Life in a Country Song

My Country Life in a Country Song

A day of bad moves, bandages and boo-boos. We all have bad days, and I must admit that if the following is all I have to complain about, life ain’t so bad. But since I’m in a whiny, feeling-sorry-for-myself kind of mood, please indulge me, […]

To-Do Lists and Sunny Days

To-Do Lists and Sunny Days

My sketchbooks and to-do lists scattered about (much like my focus), but ready for the next sunny day. Vashon Islanders and mayflies have something in common. When bestowed with one warmish sunny day, we emerge from our dens (and ponds, respectively) to consume the day […]

There She Goes: A Parable of Perspective

There She Goes: A Parable of Perspective

“There she goes!”  Adventuress, Admiralty Inlet, Washington Years ago, while hiking the bluffs and trails of Ebey’s Landing’s , my friend Joan and I happened across a pioneer cemetery. Perched high above Puget Sound, fronted by miles of shoreline, meadows, and farmland, the well-placed site […]

Please Don’t Take My Free Sign

Please Don’t Take My Free Sign

Fashioned from a paint sample drywall scrap, one of my best free signs was also one of my most quickly pinched. Vashon Islanders have many quirks. (Just ask someone from Seattle.) As a community of free spirits, our behavior and island traditions often beg for […]

Winter Left the Door Ajar

Winter Left the Door Ajar

Mount Rainier as a sundial (from Maury Island) Winter Left the Door Ajar Winter left the door ajar, enough to steal a peek, Perhaps to silence my discord, to quell my harsh critique. For winter breezes often fool, impostors of seasons to come, Sky belies […]

A Place Between Too Little and Too Much

A Place Between Too Little and Too Much

Recently my friend Erik shared some Finnish wisdom: Onnelisuus on se paikka puuttuvaisuuden ja yltäkylläisyyden välillä. What’s that, your Finno-Ugric language skills aren’t what they used to be? Roughly translated, that amazing string of chewy consonants and voluptuous vowels states: Happiness is a place between too […]

Travel Log: Big Board, Small Question

Travel Log: Big Board, Small Question

One Gigantic Fir Board to Go, Please… While searching for fir floor boards at Forest Stewards mill yard, I came across the most amazing rough-cut board, a fir behemoth about four inches thick, 18 feet long, and heavier than a middle-age man’s back should endure. […]

A Salute to My Favorite Veteran

A Salute to My Favorite Veteran

Captain Dad and his trusty steed (F-100) on the flightline. I grew up loving a veteran: my Dad, a larger than life man who flew jets from the time I could finger paint until the time I could vote. His Air Force career spanned three […]

10 Things I Learned This Summer

10 Things I Learned This Summer

Lesson for all seasons: take time to enjoy the view (Mt. Rainier from Vashon Island). Every season holds class for those who wish to attend, the hours in the day become pragmatic little teachers of simple truths and homegrown examples. This summer I tried to […]

Recalling a Labor Day of Love

Recalling a Labor Day of Love

Cleaning out the barn with a little help from my friends. Sometimes my to-do list stops me dead in my tracks. Like an overloaded freight train, the boxcars of chores sit idle,  progress stifled by whining, denial and procrastination. Hoping to inch along in the […]