That’s Challenging

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

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Engineering 141

ENGR 141 - Introduction to Fortran Programming

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

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Whoo Hoo!

I lost some weight. Apparently that had ramifications.

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Private Audience

Ranger and the Re-arrangers

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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Seattle's Pioneer Square Area

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.

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The Grandparents

Grandfather & Grandmother In Kirkland, 1964

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 […]

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Immigration Day, 1960

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 […]

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Oh, Canada


Born in Canada, and kinda glad for that.

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Sixty Days of Gratitude #1: My Parents

Leo & Elisabeth Notenboom

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 […]

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We Can Each Make A Difference

We’re being flooded with negativity. Every day, it seems, there’s something newly horrific, upsetting, depressing, embarrassing, or just wrong that comes across our news feeds or in our personal communications. I think that’s having a deeper impact on our collective well being that most people realize.

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What Is It About 4 AM?


If I wake up at 4AM for any length of time, I can pretty much predict where my mind will go.

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Getting Away

Airstream in the Park

Getting away means different things to different people. Regardless of what it means to you, you probably want to do it more.

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Drama Magnets


Bad things happen to some people disproportionately. Why?

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In Your Own Voice


What you say is important. How you say it in your own voice is what set you apart.

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It’s a Conspiracy!


I’m regularly disheartened by the number of people who fail to protect themselves because they believe that there’s a conspiracy….

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Accepting What You’re Told

Don't ask, just follow....

It’s frustrating to see people fall into the same traps over and over, especially when all they need do is ask a question or see what’s around them.

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Why I Like Email


I love email. To me, it’s the most effective form of communication.

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One Size Fits No One

Foot Measure / a Metal tool to measure foot size to determine sh

Even in this ever-personalized world we look for one-size-fits-all.

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