Out of Office: Off to Nationals!

Last month I exercised my parental bragging privileges and wrote about how my 14-year old son, Julian, qualified to go to the American Bouldering Series National Championships, an indoor rock climbing competition. Woot!!! Well, we’re leaving this morning for Colorado Springs, where Julian will climb in qualifiers Friday night, competing against 34 other boys in … Continue reading Out of Office: Off to Nationals!

Baby, It’s Dark Outside: Life Near The 49th Parallel

When most people talk or write about about the shortage of sunshine here in Bellingham, Washington, in late autumn and winter, including myself — When Wednesday became Sun Day in Bellingham — the blame is usually placed on the prodigious rain and clouds we’re kinda known for. But, this only partly explains the sunshine deficit. … Continue reading Baby, It’s Dark Outside: Life Near The 49th Parallel

Video Fridays – Inauguration Angst Edition: American Tune

If you are like me (aka, a proud leftist), the urge to catastrophize today is considerable. BTW, here’s a must-view Video Fridays bonus video: Samantha Bee and Masha Gessen getting right to the catastrophizing. LOL! And yet, I find the strength to resist catastrophic thinking in the following: Donald Trump is fond of boasting an … Continue reading Video Fridays – Inauguration Angst Edition: American Tune

Stuff We Don’t Need: Yet Another “Progressive” Vanity Organization

So, there’s this guy Van Jones who has been saying a lot of good things, for a while, and this week he announced the start of a new campaign called the #LoveArmy, a new initiative of his Dream Corps organization. Sadly though, for quite some time, I have been VERY suspicious of how much ego … Continue reading Stuff We Don’t Need: Yet Another “Progressive” Vanity Organization