Category Archives: Personal Journal

Goodbye to Our Edmonds House

A sense that I have is that I have lived far fewer places than many other people.  For the first 18 years of my life, I came of age from childhood to adulthood in the same brown and white, split-level … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Nala the Beast

The first time that I even knew Nala existed was Michelle and I’s second date.  Entering her home in Bremerton to pick her up, we were on our way to Mount Townsend in order to do a hike with her … Continue reading

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Christmas: A Night of Joy and Darkness

In my life, I cannot think of a time when Christmas did not bring me a deep happiness.  I was incredibly fortunate with no family stresses and other drama during the Yuletide season.   Growing up, my mom used to put … Continue reading

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“Fingers Crossed” Derek Webb’s Uncompromising and Risky Heart Surgery

“Oh God, what have I done/ without Your great permission/ knowing fully of the end at the start/ like a dirty g-ddamn trick/ I either sin as I resist you/ or I do it as I’m doing my part/ so … Continue reading

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September 11, 2001

For me, it is hard to remember when the date “September 11” had no extra weight.  The day was one out of 365.  Ordinary.  Average.  I mean, one of my friends from college (who later officiated my wedding) birthday is … Continue reading

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Coen Marathon: Raising Arizona

What is the greatest Nicholas Cage movie of all time?  The Coen Bros second feature film may very well be a contender.  Every once in awhile, I see lists about the funniest films of the 1980s and I don’t recall … Continue reading

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“Magic”

Listened to this song from the Boss this morning on my walking/ train commute to downtown Seattle: “I got a coin in your palm I can make it disappear I got a card up my sleeve Name it and I’ll … Continue reading

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