Graduation Speech

Here is my graduation speech, from one decidedly not-famous speaker to my decidedly wonderful soon-to-be graduate. Congratulations, Graduate. You’ve accomplished one of your life goals and now you have the wonderful and enviable opportunity to ask yourself the question: What comes next? Recently you told me that for the last Read more…

No End of Questions

When I first started writing these … whatever they are: columns, postings, articles, I imagined I was writing them to my kids.  I wanted them to know more about me and I imagined I would share with them wisdom and answers that I had come to over my life.  This Read more…

Tiny Adventures

The Northwest is a wonderful place to live, in my opinion.  Around Portland we a wide variety.  You can go from the beach to top of Mount Hood in a few hours.  You can go from the green valley to the east of the Cascade range to the high deserts Read more…

Poker Night

When I was little, probably only five or so, my Dad used to have a group of friends he played poker with fairly regularly.  I remember that I wasn’t much taller than the table, but I could see up there and see the red, white and blue chips, the drinks Read more…

Hunting

My Dad was a hunter.  Every year when I was a kid he and his buddies would go elk hunting in southwest washington in the Blue Mountains outside Yakima.  Sometimes they’d come back with something, mostly they didn’t.  There was deer hunting, there was grouse hunting and chukkars, occasionally some Read more…

A Great Place to Be From

Spring has sprung in the Northwest!  This last weekend was our first weekend where the temperature exceeded 70 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.  Grills all over the place were dusted off, cleaned and fired up.  Lawn mowers were uncovered, gassed up and the smell of freshly cut grass, gasoline and Read more…

Marriage Equality

I’m not a terrifically vocal person with respect to my politics.  I am typically “live and let live” so long as someone isn’t trying to infringe upon my rights or push their agenda, religious or otherwise, on me.  But, I also have the advantage of being a straight white male Read more…

Mastering the Game

The Party was on the run.  They were being hunted by Bounty Hunters – something that will happen when you cross the line between lawful and … less lawful.  They were on the run from a group that planned to hunt them down and sell them to someone willing to Read more…

Social Media

Social media is a fairly new concept.  If you ask most folks under 25 what Social Media means you’ll hear about all the latest contenders like Facebook and Twitter.  If you ask them what came before, you may hear about MySpace, but probably not much before that. My own experience Read more…