The St. Patrick’s Day Brewery Tragedy

Posted by on Mar 17, 2012 | No Comments

Excessive celebration on St. Patrick’s day all too often leads to tragedy. Our family has a legend about a horrible one involving my grandfather, Dick Cavanaugh. As a young lad he worked after school in a small brewery in a little town in the shadows of Mount Rainier, sweeping and running errands. Imagine this scene one […]

The Language of Coffee

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 | No Comments

It may be hard to believe, but there was a day in the not too distant past when coffee came only in black, or with cream or sugar. Several years before an upstart coffee company from Seattle planted their first outpost in New York City, Laurie and I were living in New Jersey—a land without […]

The Flavor of Manna

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 | No Comments

Help sometimes comes from unlikely places. One friend told me about being down to crumbs in the pantry when an anonymous grocery gift card arrived in the mail. Last week I was scouting a remote area for a snow shoeing trip when I came across a fireman whose truck battery had died and was able to […]

The Struggling Writer

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 | No Comments

Stephen King at Starbucks* Would you like to be in a book club that had guests such as Stephen King, Dave Barry, and J.A. Jance? The club at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle has managed to land these popular authors among many others. As a long time partner at the office my wife has managed to […]

Everyday is Valentine’s Day?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 | No Comments

Ten months after Laurie and I started dating we had our first Valentine’s Day together. We were both freshman at the University of Washington and commuted together to the campus. During a break between classes she presented me with a card to celebrate the occasion. Like a typical clueless college boy, I had neglected to […]

Felix Navidad

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 | No Comments

If you’re curious about our tradition of “delegating” our annual Christmas letter to the family pet check out the post  A Canine Christmas Card. For many years Dennis and Laurie have had a family pet pen their annual Christmas letter. But Rascal passed away at the ripe old age of 107 last February and they’ve […]

The Strength of a Story

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 | No Comments

This article originally printed in the July 2011 issue of Toastmasters Magazine. Reprinted by permission of Toastmasters International. My ship was on the reef, snapped in two like a dry stick; I was face down in the boxing ring and the referee was about to count “Ten.” In short, my speech was bombing – big time. […]

A Season for Pirates

Posted by on Aug 9, 2011 | No Comments

Here in Seattle tis the season for pirates, and not just the kind that prey on Microsoft. Our big Seafair festival which ended on Sunday with hydroplane races and performances by the Blue Angels, features a group called the Seafair pirates at many events. Our office even had a pirate day at the office last Thursday. […]

2010: The Vision and Reality

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 | No Comments

Some of the greatest stories are told through movies. In 1968, when I was a kid enthralled with all things related to the space program, my Dad took me on a special outing to Seattle to see 2001: A Space Odyssey. This past New Year’s Eve Laurie and I watched the DVD, 2010: The Year […]

The Christmas Eve Death March

Posted by on Dec 31, 2010 | No Comments

“I feel sorry for people who have no real Christmas traditions and wonder if they sometimes  feel as though the holiday is just another hectic, confusing, and stressful time of year; rather than a peaceful and serene season.” Mike Huckabee in A Simple Christmas No series on my Christmas traditions would be complete without covering […]

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