I bought a rain barrel, am I a hippie?

I’ve been feeling a bit like a hippie lately. I drive an electric car, my wife and I have a decent-sized garden, we practice the “if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down” rule to try and conserve water in our toilet, we don’t water our lawn in the summer, and…

2016 reading list

I didn’t read as much in 2016 as I did in 2015, but I’m pretty pleased with the amount I put away at any rate. My goal each year is to read at least 20 books which doesn’t seem like that much, but life gets busy, you start hiking all the time, doing the garden,…

No longer just a spectator

Periodically this week I find myself paralyzed. It might be at work or in the car, at home or in the shower, at the grocery store or while eating. How did a racist, misogynist, gay-hating, sexually-assaulting degenerate get elected President of the United States? As I watched the election results unfold on Tuesday evening a…

Tacoma’s Wapato Park

Follow enough locals on Instagram and you are bound to see photos of Wapato Park. Some are of the Wapato Lake, some are of the historic pergola and some are of the long, narrow bridge running through a marsh. Needless to say, Wapato Park had been on my Tacoma bucket list for awhile, but between…

What is a home?

What is a home? Is it a structure, a place, a state of being or perhaps a mindset? I recently attended the Creative Colloquy Crawl, an event featuring more than 20 storytellers at nine venues in Tacoma. One of the shows I went to showcased the organizers from the Drunken Telegraph riffing on the theme…

Touring Seattle’s historic Smith Tower

If you spend any time walking around Seattle these days there is one major thing that sticks out – lots and lots of construction. It seems like every block has a giant crane building another building skyward. In the middle of all of this is one of my favorite Seattle landmarks. The Smith Tower is…