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Save the date: Friday, Oct. 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S 216th Street in Des Moines!

Enjoy a scrumptious dinner featuring Pasta with Marinara sauce, Meatballs, Salad, Breadsticks and a delicious dessert!

Sponsor Normandy Park Senior Living teams up with Des Moines Activity Center volunteers and staff to kick off the fall with this fundraiser in support of programs and services that enhance the experience of being an older adult.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under, $20 for families and be purchased in advance by calling 206-878-1642 or at the door!

A Candidates’ Forum is set for Monday, Sept. 29, starting at 7 p.m. at the Des Moines United Methodist Church, located at 22225 9th Ave. South.

State Legislative Candidates from the 33rd District being asked to participate are:

  • Senator Karen Keiser and Martin Metz
  • Representative Tina Orwall and Michael Siefkes
  • Representative Mia Gregerson and Jeanette Burrage

Focused discussion issues are:

  • Education
  • Preventing gun violence
  • Hunger issues

The Candidate’s Forum is being co-sponsored by the Des Moines United Methodist Church and The Faith Action Network – an opportunity for citizens to become better educated about our common issues.

Questions?  Contact: Rosalee Mohney at rmohney@comcast.net or 206-870-1456.

by Dave Markwell

I’ve heard it said that the hardest thing to write is a simple, true sentence. I believe this. It is much easier to add words and use literary magic tricks to convey a thought than it is to strip it down to a simple truth. The conservation of words while preserving the integrity of the idea is a skilled art. This is true for words, but also for life.

It is easier to complicate life than it is to simplify it. We subtract by addition in the process of establishing this contrary truth. We add “stuff”. We add more obligations, tasks and goods which only serve to clog the machine. Our schedules, minds and garages are full of this stuff, which makes it difficult to enjoy a clear, simple and true thought or park a car.
Ernest Hemingway addressed his writer’s block by beginning with one true sentence. He believed that if he could write this one sentence, it would breed others. I think he was right. Drawing another parallel between words and life, by stripping away the noise and peeling back the burdensome layers of complicated, but often extraneous clutter, we get closer to where we want to be. We unblock our lives. This is liberating and peaceful and right.

“The more you strive to be sensible and serious and meaningful, the less chance you have of becoming so. The primary objective is to laugh.”- John D. MacDonald’s character, Travis McGee, in the novel, Free Fall In Crimson.

This idea is also liberating. In our quest to be responsible and sensible and reasonable, we lose things. We also diminish our chances of finding the things we are looking for. We search for peace, but manifest our own chaos. It’s a crazy and confounding system.

For most of us, the end of our lives will be a non-event. We will simply slip into the great waters and drift away. Certainly, those close to us will mourn, but most of the world will just keep on keepin’ on. The neighbor’s TV will still turn on and the 7-11 store down the street will still sell slurpees. Not much will have changed by our end.

With this in mind, Travis McGee’s philosophy makes much more sense. Since one day we will simply be gone, today is an important day. It is a day to enjoy and it is a day to remember and embrace a life philosophy in which “the primary objective is to laugh”. The world is less for all of our seriousness. It deserves our joy…we deserve our joy…

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Sept. 20 – is a North Hill Gem that has it all!

Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, with 5 bedrooms and an office for a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry. Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully-fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees and plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem.

LOT A rights too..a must see!

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 20 from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 19021 8th Ave S., Burien, WA 98148

INFO:

  • List Price: $299,999
  • MLS Number: 695959
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1953
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,400
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,956

Site Features:

  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Wall to Wall Carpet
  • Carport-Attached
  • Garage-Detached

Marketing remarks:

This North Hill Gem has it all! Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, 5 beds & office as a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry.

Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees & plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem. LOT A rights too..a must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

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The Des Moines Police has created an anonymous crime tip line for citizens wishing to provide information on criminal activity in the city:

(206) 870-6871

“The crime tip line is an electronic voicemail system that is checked regularly by police department staff,” reads an announcement. “You will not speak to anyone directly on this line. You do not need to leave your name or number (but we encourage you to if you want follow-up).”

Remember if you are witnessing a crime please call 9-1-1!

Boy, did you see all the families and kids having a great time on their day? It was another sunny day and close to 5,000 people enjoyed all the activities and food trucks. Our hats go off to the Police and Fire Departments for reaching out to the community with their programs.

This is your chance to show your pride in the Waterland City. Help make the city look better and after the job, come to the market for lunch and relax on the Boardwalk.

Look for sponsor BECU. They are a not-for-profit credit union committed to making your financial well-being a priority. Check out their information booth whether you are looking for a savings plan, financing, or business services, they offer a complete range of accounts with better rates and fewer fees than you’ll find at traditional big banks.

Also stop by the Edward Jones booth and chat with Mike Wilcox, longtime sponsor, about your financial needs.

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ook for Stella Fiore Pizza, Lumpia World, Fish Basket and Charlie’s Buns N Stuff

The volunteer group this week is Melanie’s Dancers with their bake sale.

Music this week is Flannel Asparagus

There is still time to sign up your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It is held on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application. Some of the teams entered are Nutting but the Best, Nibbles, Wesley Homes/Chili Out Dude! and Judson Park/ Chili Today-Hot Tamale.

Upcoming events:

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

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A Grand Opening celebration for the new via Marina Neapolitan Pizzeria Italian Café and Bar will be held this Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

A sample of via Marina’s menu will be available for tasting.

via Marina is located at 22636 Marine View Drive South; phone 206‐592‐2659; website: www.viamarinaitalian.com

Mia Gregerson, left, will debate Jeanette Burrage on Sept. 30.

Save the date fellow citizens: Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., for…

WHAT: A forum featuring the two candidates running for State Representative, District 33, Position 2.

WHERE: The Des Moines Library, located at 21620 11th Avenue South, Des Moines.

WHO: Mia Gregerson, the incumbent, versus the challenger, Jeanette Burrage.

Gregerson also serves as mayor of SeaTac.

Burrage has served previously in the Legislature, was a King County Superior Court Judge and is currently a Des Moines City Councilmember.

The event is free and open to everyone and anyone, and is sponsored by The SeaTac Blog and The Waterland Blog.

Questions will be taken from the floor, so bring your thinking cap!

by Dave Markwell

I have been reviewing old columns for another compilation project. I believe that this was my very first column. I still like it. I hope you do, too…

This day belongs to the dogs. They claimed it early and aren’t letting it go. The tic-tac revelry call of toenails on the hardwood floor kills any hope I have of finding my place back into the wonderful dream I was having. I don’t remember what it was, but it was good.

This morning I succumb to my better nature and get up and let the dogs out. Some mornings, I don’t. I can feign sleep with the best of them and have achieved some truly miraculous performances. My wife is no slouch, either. This day, she breathes deeply and slowly and throws in a twitch for good measure. I can tell she is in the zone. As I open the bedroom door, I glance back and see just a hint of a relieved smile. She wins this battle.

In the kitchen, I put coffee in the machine. This will be handy today. My dog, Diego, stares at me. I know what he wants. As I grab his leash, he knows his wish is about to come true. He jumps and twirls and bucks like a bronco. I do not.

We head out the door and onto the sleeping streets of my hometown. Roads are empty and shops are closed. Only one restaurant is open, Jack’s. Every town has a Jack’s. It is where the old-timers gather to drink coffee and discuss important things like politics and fishing, mostly fishing.

I walk by Jack’s and one smell hits me hard: bacon. Bacon is one item that can inspire me to dance around like a Diego getting ready for his walk. The sweet, smoky goodness floats in the air like God’s own aftershave. “I will be having some bacon today.” I think to myself and repeat as a mantra several times over the course of this morning’s walk.

Ahead, I see a light on. It is coming from the office of my friendly, local attorney, Brian. It appears that someone else was either disrupted from slumber as well, or is behind on some work…or looking to actually get ahead on some work; a foreign concept to me.

As I peek through his blinds from the sidewalk, Brian looks pretty intense and engaged in his project. I tip-toe through the planter bed and bang on his window. While I have never actually witnessed an electrocution, Brian’s response is what I would imagine one looks like. His head jerked up, eyes wide, his hands instinctively clutched the arms of his chair and he shook, violently, for a couple of the longest and best seconds of my year.

I smiled and waved. He did not smile, but did wave. With one finger. I carried on. Diego and I went home, our mission complete.

This day was simply one of many days of my life. It was a morning of little consequence. It meant nothing and everything. It was life. It was my life written on the pavement. My history was scribbled in worn skid marks on the sidewalks. Memories met me at every street corner and I was happy to greet them. As I returned to my silent home, I felt complete. The circle was full and, as I looked in on my sleeping children, I believed in angels and the idea that dreams really can come true.

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 14 – is the first re-sale in Westwood Ridge of a 3-bedroom, 2.75 bath home!

Just like new, this two-story home offers plenty of natural light with nine-foot ceilings throughout.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room and great room.

The Master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath.

This home has 2.75 baths and a three-car garage, as well as Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove in Normandy Park!

Located in Westwood Ridge – a new 16-home development – this home has a large lot and fenced back yard, and is located minutes to downtown.

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 486 S. 187th Lane, Burien, WA 98148

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 690841
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,910
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,138

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

First Resale in Westwood Ridge! Just like new!

This home offers plenty of natural light & nine-foot ceilings throughout.

This two-story home has 2.75 baths,a three-car garage. The main floor living space is an expansive open are that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room & great room.

Master bedroom is complete w/ a 5-piece master bath.Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove – Puget Sound!

Located in Westwood Ridge (New 16 home development) Large lot & fenced back yard & located minutes to downtown.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

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Advertiser El Dorado West Retirement Community will be holding a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Business-to-Business Networking Reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, starting at 4 p.m.

There will be wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres served.

“Join us in celebrating the next chapter of El Dorado West!”

Please RSVP by Sept. 12 to Maureen Thompson at maureent@villageconcepts.com or (206) 248-1975.

El Dorado West is located at 1010 SW 134th Street in Burien.

For more info, visit www.villageconcepts.com or “Like” them on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/eldoradow.

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REMINDER: Enjoy all things British this Saturday at the first-ever English Fete at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Drawing on our Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural church fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages,” reads an announcement.

The event will be anchored by festive performances by Seattle’s own Sound and Fury Morris dance troupe:

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All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is FREE and open to all (please contact info@stlukesrenton.org for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave So in historic downtown Renton, WA 98057 Ph. (425) 255-3323

Directions:

From Burien via SR-518/I-405 North

  • Take Exit 4 toward WA-900 W/Bronson Way
  • Turn right onto WA-169 N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left (pic below for reference).

From Bellevue area via I-405 South

  • Take Exit 4 for WA-900 W toward WA 169 S/Renton Enumclaw
  • Merge onto Sunset Blvd N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left.

More info here: http://stlukesrenton.blogspot.com/p/events.html

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Avenue in Renton.

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The City of Des Moines Community Litter Clean-Up Event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and volunteers are needed!

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Public Works Center, located at 223rd and 24th Ave South.

“If you aren’t able to make this event, but still want to help out, please get a group of your neighbors together, pick a section of your neighborhood or street, and work on that. Ever little bit helps!” reads an announcement.

Volunteers, ages 15 or older, will be assigned to a team. Teams will be provided safety vests, gloves, trash pickers, and bags and dispatched to areas of the City to clean up and bag litter.

Please RSVP by Sept. 17 to 206-870-6525.

“Show your pride in the Waterland City!”

Sponsored by: City of Des Moines, Recology CleanScapes, Midway Les Schwab Tire Center

The Future is in Your Hands!

Applications are due by Sept. 19 for individuals wishing to serve on the 2015 Des Moines Ad Hoc Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Master Plan Citizen Advisory Committee.

“We are specifically looking for residents of Des Moines interested in representing the needs of our preschoolers, youth, teens, adults and seniors,” reads an announcement.

Public involvement is required and is a key element for the success of the Master Planning process. The Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Mayor and City Council and will have diverse membership from the City’s citizen committees and commissions, neighborhoods, park and recreation special interests and user groups and school districts and colleges, so that all citizens are represented and help inform the work.

The Committee will work with staff to host a series of community and user group workshops beginning in 2015. The Committee will gain knowledge related to the City’s demographic data, park and facility site conditions; participate in visioning activities; and review public feedback regarding recreation needs for the purpose of making recommendations for the Master Plan (encompassing the years 2016-2021).

If you or someone you know are interested in serving your community in this capacity please contact Patrice Thorell City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Director at 206-870-6527 or pthorell@desmoineswa.gov. Applications are available on line at http://www.desmoineswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1667.

What a gorgeous day last Saturday, sunny with a cooling breeze off the water. Even with the Huskies at home and the opening of the Puyallup Fair (yes, we ol timers still like to call it that) there was still lot of shoppers stocking up for the coming week!

Here is my tip for the week: I am a bread freak (sliced) and I call in my order to the Snohomish Bakery on Friday and the order is delivered by Ingrid on Saturday. That way you never have to worry about them running out of your favorites. Here is their number: 360-568-1682.

Need I say more about this Saturday; all your favorite truck chefs will be there to treat you to a fabulous lunch or a take home dinner! This Special Day is one of the biggest of the season.

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The Des Moines Police Foundation will have a booth to tell people about its future plans for funding projects and showing their logo wear. All net proceeds go to the Foundation’s Bereavement Fund dedicated to aiding an officer’s family should tragedy strike.

CPR_AED_212x124_thumbSouth King Fire & Rescue will be instructing two sessions of “hands only” CPR and AED training in the grassy area. Come learn how to save a life! The sessions will be held at 11am and 1pm. The cost is free. For more information email CAO@Southkingfire.org.

Tonya Seaberry, community service officer, from the Des Moines Police Department will be focusing on personal safety with a couple of new projects: “Take Me Home” and “TrackMole.”

Stop by the Des Moines Legacy Foundation Note Card booth and pick up a $1 raffle ticket to win a limited edition of artist Nancy Bogni’s award winning watercolor print titled “The Work Horse.” Winner will be drawn at the Senior Activity Center Give Thanks Luncheon on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. All proceeds support the many programs and services at the Des Moines Senior/Activity Center.

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Don’t forget the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle is available again this Saturday and every other Saturday thru the end of October. The shuttle provides door to door transportation to the market for seniors 55 and older and those with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien from 11am-2pm. To make your reservation, call 206-727-6262.

Volunteer/community groups this week: Highline MaST, King County Master Recycler Composters, Mt Rainier Pool (pumpkin plunge), Friends of the Des Moines Library & the Library to Go Bus, Valley Communication Center (911 Bingo), MRHS Girls Soccer (Bake Sale & Soccer drills in the grass) , Des Moines Gospel (Bouncy House), AT&T (texting & driving simulator), Darcy Read Memorial Co-op (kids activities) and Des Moines Elementary (kids activities).

Music this week is Fabulous Mojo King Blues Band (10 to 12); PK Dwyer (12 to2).

Applications are starting to come in and we only have 20 slots available. You can sign your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It is held on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application.

Upcoming events: Volunteer for the Community Clean-Up on September 27th. Annual Spaghetti Night at the Senior Center on October 3rd.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

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Registrations for Mount Rainier Pool’s first-ever Pumpkin Plunge will be available at Kids Day at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market this Saturday, Sept. 13.

Instead of braving rainy or chilly weather to pick out their perfect pumpkin for Halloween, kids can jump into the Mount Rainier Pool on Sunday, Oct. 26 to “rescue” their future jack-o-lantern. They will then have the option of decorating their orbs at designated painting stations, or they can cart them home to be carved.

“The reaction from the kids when they suddenly see pumpkins dumped into the pool is priceless,” said Pool District President Gene Achziger. “I think the parents are almost going to get as big a kick out of it when they see the glee on their kids’ faces. Parents, make sure to bring your cameras.”

Halloween goodie bags will also be distributed and other activities are planned for the two sessions: one at 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m.

“It will be on a Sunday, but we’ve strategically scheduled the event to avoid conflicting with the Seahawks game,” Achziger said.

Seattle will be on the East Coast for a 10 a.m. game against the Carolina Panthers.

Cost of admission to the Plunge is $5 per person, including parents who might want to accompany smaller children in the pool. There will also be a shallow pool on deck for younger children to pick a pumpkin.

In order to assure enough pumpkins are available, participants are required to pre-register either at the pool or this weekend at the Farmers Market.

All proceeds will go to the Faith Callahan Memorial Swim Lesson Scholarship Fund to assist low-income children to learn to swim.

For more details, contact the pool at: 206-824-4722.

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The Des Moines Historical Society is presenting “The Salt of the Sea: A Fisherman’s Story” as told by local historian and fisherman Bill Rudberg this Wednesday night, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

Come and listen to Bill share fascinating pictures and stories of life at sea on board the schooner, C.A. Thayer, captained by Ed Shields (who later authored a book about life before the mast).

Here’s what to expect:

“In 1949, nineteen-year-old Des Moines resident Bill Rudberg joined the Pacific Coast Cod Fish Company for a four-month fishing journey that took him and thirty other men from Poulsbo, WA to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska and back. Once at sea each man fished from a 19-foot dory boat, hauling in 600 cod each grueling day for two months.”

This event is Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the Des Moines IOOF Hall located at 728 S. 225th Street. The one-hundred year old IOOF Hall is in downtown Des Moines one-half block west of Marine View Drive on S. 225th.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information call Jim Langston, Program Chairman, 206.878.7205.

by Dave Markwell

Well, the kids are back at school. This event seems to be lacking some of the significance of years past. I’m not sure why. I don’t feel jaded or like I’m becoming unsentimental about these things. But, I just don’t really care that much that they’re in new classes with new teachers, learning new things. I kind-of care, but am not wrapped up in it. I am happy they’re out of the house. I’m happy they have some structure and get to see their friends each day. But, all-in-all, I’m pretty underwhelmed by all the to-do.

Historically, the first day of school provokes feelings of nostalgia and near-weepy sentiments about the passing of time and my kids growing up and my slow-crawl to the grave. This year I just don’t feel it. This is neither good nor bad. It just is.

I guess it feels like life. Time passes and we feel and don’t feel and care and don’t care and do and don’t do. Some days we drive the boat and some days we simply drift in the current and watch the water flow around the rocks and eddys. Some days we make the weather and some days we sit in our lounge chairs and observe it.

As the world spins madly through the hours and minutes and years of our lives, sometimes we must step off the ride. Occasionally, it is necessary to let it spin without us. Being a non-participant allows us to just check it out, without the urgency to contribute. In these moments, our paths become more clear and our purpose more inspiring.

While it seems a bit odd that I have chosen a relatively significant time to sit on the bench and catch my breath before getting back in the game, but maybe we don’t pick this time. Maybe this time picks us. Perhaps some cosmic clairvoyant sense measures these things and picks our time to ride the pine. I’m not sure what the metrics are which determine when we need to take a break, but when I get to sit for a few minutes, it sure feels right.

So, this morning I will sit and watch. I will do this after I wake my son, yell at him to get out of the shower, remind him to bring the stuff he is trying to forget. I will wake my daughter, make her breakfast, get yelled at by her for reasons I will likely never understand, then take her to school, wish her a wonderful day and tell her I love her.

I guess that as the world spins we must spin with it. Our little intermissions are allowed only in our minds. We are duty-bound to live our lives. Each day. And, all things considered, this is not such a bad thing. Life is a pretty fun game to play…

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]