Addicted To Debt?

Came across this article recently: Americans Feast on Debt Of particular concern: Debt is reaching new highs: “total household debt achieved a new peak in the first quarter of 2017, rising by $149 billion to $12.73 trillion-$50 billion above the previous peak reached in the third quarter of 2008” Now, I’ve also read some pieces about Read More …

Edmonds Area Podcast: AquaCast

I met the “Bald Fish Guy“, aka Ryan at the Visitor Station at Edmonds’ Olympic Beach during a recent visit. He’s a docent there, and knows his Puget Sound marine life. So I found it fantastic to talk with him. He hosts a podcast, Aquacast, focusing on Puget Sound marine life, systems and the eco-system we live in. Read More …

This Weekend: Camping at Camano Island State Park

Something my family has done with dear friends for several years: crabbing at Camano Island State Park. This year’s trip was a bit more eventual than planned (I’ll get to that in a minute), but otherwise nice as always. The park is very scenic, with plenty of trails and pretty easy access to the boat Read More …

Along Marysville’s Ebey Waterfront Trail

This afternoon I was able to break away from my desk and walk the nearby Ebey Waterfront Trail here in Marysville. It’s really nice trail, just off the river. Many opportunities for wildlife sightings (especially if you like birds)…I saw two bald eagles, a couple of herons and some other eagles, but they too far Read More …

Changes with the Muppets

The Washington Post is reporting that long-time voice of Kermit (and other Muppets), Steve Whitmire is stepping down and a new voice, that of Matt Vogel, moves to the fore. Well, nothing is more consistent than change. I expect Kermit will retain his cultural cornerstone place for years to come. My beloved Muppets have been Read More …

A fine day on the shore 

Late morning my wife and I made our way down to our favorite beach in Edmonds. It was an exceptionally low tide, which is always a delight to explore. These tides expose much that’s hidden, leaving amazing creatures in the tide pools. Below are just a few examples of all that was there.  Normally, where Read More …

My wonderfully fierce taekwondo girls 

One of the privileges of my life: teaching at taekwondo. Today I worked with two young white belt girls. They were fierce, bold and assertive. They delighted me greatly. Louder than the boys in my group, energetic  and solid kicks: I was massively proud.  Our culture spends too much energy holding girls back. Emphasis upon fitting Read More …

A Flicker On My Roof

There’s a very distinctive rattle that woodpeckers make. I find it pleasant for the most part. Except when coming from my roof in the early morning.  Bearing no malice, and actually feeling rather amused, I grabbed a handful of fir cones. Several throws later, I finally communicated my desire for it to find a tree Read More …

Fight Like A Girl

At my taekwondo school, many of us have adopted this slogan: “fight like a girl”. A couple of the women I train with are thinking the next iteration of this is pink t-shirts with this phrase.  Overhearing this I stated I would proudly wear one myself. And I want to be clear:  truly, deeply, definitely Read More …