The older  get the more I come to realize that education isn’t a state, it’s a process. You’re never done; it’s a life-long process. I believe that many people — perhaps even most — take their education for granted, and as a result fail to take advantage of the many opportunities available. Certainly those who […]

English as a Second Language

English is not my first language. I love to tell people that for two reasons: it’s absolutely true, and most would never guess. Naturally, there’s a story.


Our neighbor had … issues. That’s really the only way to put it. It was our first home, back in Mountlake Terrace in the early 1980’s. We’d occasionally hear her holding what I can only describe as on-person religious revivals in her back yard. She accused us of somehow influencing our cats, as well as […]


I’ve talked about our breeder, now it’s time to talk about something else Corgi-related: the community. Yes, there’s a “Corgi community”, and it’s pretty darned cool.


One of the very major changes in recent years has nothing to do with the speed of technology, or even the its vast improvements in capability or power. Yet one, single aspect of technological change in recent years has impacted me more than any other.

Growing Up Together

On October 7, 1977 I met Kathy. We’d been “set up” by my roommate a the time and his fiance — they had decided we should meet. The rest, as they say, is history.

Just Showing Up

Good help is hard to find. I think we’ve all heard that, if not said that, particularly if you’re a homeowner. One of the themes of our home ownership, however, goes a tad more basic than even that. Even good help can be no help at all, if they don’t show up.

In The Company Of Dogs

We were looking for a dog. What we found was a life-long friend.

Meditation Mediation

I plan to share my “path to meditation” sometime in the future. It’s the path that lead the skeptical, pragmatic, logical, rational, engineer that I am to embrace meditation as a daily habit. It’s been useful, and I’ve been doing for some years now. But it dawned on me that I owe a debt of […]

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 […]