Wilson Creek

It all started with a question. “What are you guys doing this weekend?” It was my way of making morning small talk with my coworkers while seeping a green tea bag in a mug of hot water. The result of the morning chatter was a plan for a group of us to spend a few…

Memories of the Viaduct and Joe Torre

While no one will exactly be shedding tears that the old Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle will be removed in the coming months, the structure does hold some fond memories in my heart. As much as a freeway can hold memories. The two-level, raised freeway running along Seattle’s waterfront is a true blight on…

2018 Reading List

At the beginning of last year I had a few goals when it came to what I read. I wanted to read at least 30 books. I wanted to alternate between fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to read more minority writers than white writers, and at least as many women authors as men. Looking back…

Ernest Hemingway changed my life

As I sit here writing this blog in my office (don’t tell my boss), I marvel at how something so simple as reading a book can change the course of your entire life. In a classroom about 150 yards from where I sit, I was asked to read Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls….

Silver Creek Nature Preserve

While looking for things to do on our drive to Ketchum, Idaho, for a recent camping trip I stumbled upon the Silver Creek Nature Preserve. The 1,300-acre preserve was created in the 1970s at the behest of Jack Hemingway, Ernest’s son. At the time, Jack was the commissioner for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission…

Gardening in Idaho

Can you believe it has been nearly a year since I last blogged about our garden? A lot has changed in the past year. The biggest change is that we are no longer growing food in Western Washington. Since our move to Southwest Idaho, we have been learning all about growing food in the high…