That’s Challenging

Lunch with a friend resulted in a realization of the nature of certain friendships, and something to be grateful for.

Engineering 141

I had no idea where I was headed, career-wise, until serendipity and college pre-requisites entered the picture.


I lost some weight. Apparently that had ramifications.

Private Audience

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I gave a friend a ride into Seattle for an orientation meeting for a new job. While that meeting happened I hung out near the Starbucks in the lobby. Eventually, though, I moved outside. The weather was beautiful, there were tables available, and it just seemed like a […]

The Masks We Wear

We all wear masks as we interact with others. On one hand we might consider being anything other than our completely authentic true self as somehow deceitful or incongruous, but the masks serve an important purpose. We use masks to protect the relationships we value.

Pill Hill

I’m grateful to have grown up in and around Seattle. Ironically(?) after yesterday’s post about my propensity to roam all over Seattle on my own as a child, I find myself back today for a completely different reason. Because I’ve lived so much of my life here I have a level of comfort and familiarity […]


I was probably in my early teens – maybe 13 or so. I had my bike and I was mobile. In retrospect I was more mobile than I realized, and probably causing my parents ulcers.

The Grandparents

Today we think nothing of calling overseas. In many cases, using tools like Skype, not only is it easy, it’s free and can easily include video. In the early 1960’s it was another story. My parents made one phone call to Holland. It lasted 3 minutes, took something like an hour or more to set […]


While I see being born in Canada as having been a positive thing, I’m also grateful that we moved to the United States when I was three. Nothing at all against Canada, but when I look at the years that followed our immigration much of my good fortune would not have played out as it […]

Oh, Canada

Born in Canada, and kinda glad for that.

Sixty Days of Gratitude #1: My Parents

For the next 60 days I’m putting a little bit of structure around my daily writing exercise. Each day will be about something for which I’m grateful. Some may be trivial, while others (like today’s) more significant, but all will be honest and from the heart. I live a fortunate life, and it’s good to […]