The Pacific Northwest, and the Puget Sound region, are greater than Seattle. Seattle is simply the nucleus we orbit.  

I live about 20 miles north, in Lynnwood. Lynnwood is a key economic center of Snohomish County, along with the nearby cities of Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo. 

My family has lived in the area for generations (grandparents, parents, me, and now my son). And my family's connection to western Washington goes back even further. Grandparents were born in Seattle and Concrete, as well as Walla Walla. I start to get lost further back, but I know several great grandparents spent time in the Indian Boarding Schools

With my father in the Navy in my early childhood, I've traveled quite a bit. Outside of the Puget Sound region, growing up I lived in Rhode Island, Virginia, California, and the Philippines. As an adult, I also lived in Astoria, Oregon, Orlando, Florida and Idaho Falls, Idaho. I view this place both as an insider with deep roots, and an outsider with connections to other places. I look at this place with both lenses simultaneously. 

Not Just Seattle explores the whole region, but with a focus on Snohomish County, especially South Snohomish County. This is a vibrant community and an amazing place to call home.