Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Drive around the sprawling metropolis of St. Louis, Missouri and you are likely to see the Cathedral Basilica’s giant green dome in the distance. While the Cathedral is stunning on the outside in its own right, what is hidden in the interior is truly breathtaking. The 83,000 square foot building was built between 1907 and…

Remodeling, the never-ending story

While some people are trying to build a wall, we’ve been trying to tear one down. Ever since we bought our house more than two years ago, we’ve dreamed of taking out the wall that separated our living room and dining room. Apparently in the 1950s they valued small, boxy rooms, otherwise the wall made…

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…

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…

An impromptu tour of Tacoma’s First Presbyterian

Tacoma First Presbyterian church has been a beacon of light to the community both literally and figuratively for nearly a hundred years. The church, which was built in 1923 and finished in 1925, features a 160-foot tall tower that was used by incoming freighter ships to guide them into the Port of Tacoma nearby. While…

Driving an electric car

In the three months I’ve owned an electric car I’ve received a variety of questions. How far does it go? Is it on? How do you shift? Does it have any leg room? How do you fit in it? How does it work? How fast does it go? How smug are you about saving the…