Six Decades

Sixty days, and sixty years, come to this….

My Better Half

One person deserves being mentioned twice.

Having An Audience

I’m grateful and humbled that people read my stuff.

My Schedule

I firmly believe that inactivity and lack of purpose lead to an early grave. For now, at least, that’s something I don’t have to worry about.

Oma & Opa

“Oma & Opa” is Dutch for grandmother and grandfather.

Ham Radio

Today I’m very grateful for having picked up amateur (ham) radio as a hobby, and developing my skills with it.

Coffee, Vodka, and Choice

It wouldn’t be my 60 days of gratitude if I didn’t include coffee. And vodka. And coffee-flavored vodka. And coffee-flavored rum, while I’m at it. And Starbucks, of course. You get the idea. I’m grateful for coffee, with and without alcohol, and preferably from Starbucks. But when I think about it, it’s really gratitude for […]

Books

I’ve always been a reader. I’m sure I have my mother to thank for that. But required reading in high school played a particularly important role.

My Mother’s Car

Sometimes it’s something very simple and yet out of the ordinary that I stumble into and suddenly feel some weird level of gratitude for.

Like my mother’s car.

Chip Off the Old Tooth

While on an out of town trip, I chipped a tooth. More specifically, a veneer on one of my front teeth broke in half. One half stayed in place, the other not so much. I wasn’t even doing anything particularly horrid at the time – using my teeth to start a tear in a plastic […]

Parks & Camping

Kathy and I occasionally throw the dogs into the car, hook up the trailer and head out to one of Washington State Parks’ campgrounds. Since the day we started doing that some years ago I’ve been impressed by just how well they’re kept.

A Community Of Information

It’s no secret that I believe quite strongly that the internet has created more community and opportunity than it’s destroyed, and connected more people in more ways than we could possibly have imagined. Yes, there are issues, but they are far outweighed by the positives. A simple example: I’m currently in my travel trailer, parked […]

Progress

As part of my daily research to produce Not All News Is Bad (NANIB) I run across a lot of positive news stories. (That daily research is the intended goal of NANIB — that I publish it is just a side effect.) When my wife stumbled into a story about a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that […]

The Weather

Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. -Charles Dudley Warner As I write this large portions of Texas are experiencing and recovering from hurricane Harvey. Even just skimming headlines is enouh to make me very, very grateful for the mostly mild & moderate weather we experience here in the Pacific Northwest.

Government?

It’s not fashionable to speak positively about the government, particularly in the United States, and particularly during the current administration.

Chester

Some are just quirkier than others. And some … well, some just come with a story.

Early Retirement

I don’t really believe in traditional “retirement”. The concept being that you work for some number of years, stop, and go on to a life of leisure at best, or boredom at worst. I never planned to stop working, and I still don’t. To me my work is my “life of leisure”, so to speak. […]

Home

It was too big, and out of our budget, but it became our home.

Not Being Needed

I volunteer for a local animal rescue organization — not the “adopt a puppy” kind, but the “my dog’s stuck in a ravine” kind. When called out we mobilize with a collection of people, skills and equipment that allow us to help get animals — often large animals — out of a variety of sticky […]

Childhood Memories

When I was young we would typically get a Christmas Package from my grandmother. It would usually arrive in early December, to coincide with St. Nicholas Day — Sinterklaas — (December 6th), when the Dutch traditionally did their gift exchanges. In the package would be a variety of things, much of which didn’t really interest […]