What is right

In the absence of traditional TV access I’ve learned to get news and information from other sources. I listen to NPR every day, listen to a news podcast four or five days a week, read a variety of news sources via Apple News, and have a network of friends who …

Mine

When I used to live at home, my cat would wake me in the morning, by sitting on my chest and staring at me, saying with her eyes that she wanted to play. You’ve got the same look in your eyes now, crouched above me, straddling my chest. You want …

Protesting is a beginning, at best

This was written on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as United States President. As I set down these thoughts many people I knew were preparing to protest this. Knowing this I felt … uneasy. Not filled with hope. I felt like I needed to say something about …

Thoughts on intense friendships

I wrote about friendship over two years ago and found myself wanting to do so again. Rather than attempt to revise what I wrote last time I intentionally didn’t read my last effort. Instead I approached the topic with a clean mental slate. I’ll leave it to you to decide …

What do I say?

What do I say to you who are women, when I am a man? What do I say to you who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, when I am straight? What do I say to you who are Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, when I am White? What do I …

Resolving America’s Original Sin

As many of you know I was raised Catholic. There’s a thing, therein, called original sin. If you’re not familiar with that concept it’s the idea that there is one, first bad act, that has tainted everything that came after it. Whether you believe in talking snakes and magic apples …

Washington Democratic Caucuses 2016

This past Saturday the Washington State Democratic Caucuses took place. It was the second time that I participated in a caucus, the first time being in 2008 (I wasn’t living here yet in 2004). If you’ve only lived in states that have primaries then nothing has ever really prepared you …

Trip Report for Rampart Ridge

Where: Mount Rainier National Park When: Saturday, December 26, 2015 Stats: 4.85 miles round trip – 1,300 foot elevation gain For my last hike of 2015 I chose to visit the Longmire area of Mount Rainier National Park, and to do so with snowshoes. This was the third time in as many months (and …

Changes and Goals

The story of the ten years from 27 to 37 was based on the idea that each year older meant being that much less capable. I equated aging with always going downhill. I was going to be a little heavier. I was going to have a little more joint pain. …

There’s you

There’s a glance— a flitting fleeting caress of a look something sideways and silky smooth challenging and warm delivered out from under lashes so thick… there’s a glance. There’s a smile— a curving upward tilt of your lips a secret knowing laughing movement hinting at words unsaid thoughts unspoken containing …