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Never Forget

On the last Monday of every May, Americans celebrate Memorial Day – a traditional opportunity to remember those who fought for our country and who sacrificed in so many ways for our freedoms. I’ve written […]


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Balancing Your Work With Your Life

Personal Time in a Passion-filled Career When I retired from Microsoft after 22 years, I assumed that my life would be more settled and run at a more comfortable pace.  The Microsoft years were an […]


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Finding Happily Ever After

” In our search for achievement, meaning, and the ultimate significance of our own lives, how do we find “happily ever after?”” I’ve recently passed a number of important milestones in my life – ones that […]


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The Other Side of Christmas

As someone who loves this time of year, I was beginning to worry that the “Christmas Spirit” was going to pass me by this time.  I definitely got caught up in the rush of my […]


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4th of July Tradition

Our family has celebrated July 4th on Whidbey Island for almost 20 years. Whidbey is about 30 miles north of Seattle and getting there requires a 20 minute ferry ride – sometimes with a long […]


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Honoring Their Memory

The last Monday in May always fills me with mixed emotions.  It is a day when we remember those that have fallen in the service of our country and those that stood up for our […]


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The Meaning of the Dutch Word “Sterk”

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts (see Reform Interruptist or United We Stand) it is quite clear that I am passionate and patriotic about the United States.  My ancestors immigrated to the […]


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The Sporting…Life

This story starts with a six year old boy who was predictably driving his mom crazy. With two younger sisters that required attention, the boy’s hyperactivity was difficult to manage. Soon he found himself shipped […]


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In Memoriam

My Father was born in the roaring twenties

My Father grew up in the depression

My Father found his sweetheart…for 60 years

My Father was a chemical engineer and math wiz

My Father provided for his family