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FEEL GOOD WEEKEND: Moms are mean…

FEEL GOOD WEEKEND: Moms are mean…

by Dave Markwell Moms are mean. That’s right. I said it. Moms do the majority of the yelling, spanking and band aid ripping-off. As a small child, my dad never made me lay on my back with my pants down... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Slurpee Day

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Slurpee Day

by Dave Markwell A few weeks ago my son was in the kitchen pilfering through the cabinets searching for the largest container he could find. It happened to be “Bring Your Own Cup” day at 7-11 for... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Boating, Beach Life and Wild Dreams

The Marine View Driver: Boating, Beach Life and Wild Dreams

Wherein the author enters the way-back machine. By Mike Smith This has been a superb April! So far we’ve had higher than normal temperatures and a couple of record-breakers last week. In times like... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Growing Up at the Age of Fifty Or So

The Marine View Driver: Growing Up at the Age of Fifty Or So

Wherein the author encounters his (ahem!) true self. By Mike Smith Getting old is a real eye-opener. It is also a little scary. I’ve begun to do things I never thought I would do. My time with friends... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Double Standard.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Double Standard.

by Dave Markwell While enjoying dinner the other evening with my family, I began questioning my 17 year old son on his dating prospects. My queries were fairly innocent and well-intentioned…for the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Vacuum.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Vacuum.

by Dave Markwell Around 11 o’clock last night I was awakened by a high-pitched wail shattering any appropriate peace in the neighborhood. I was thinking it might be some weird car or house alarm. The... [Read more]

Have you seen Libby GaGa? This local tax business ‘waver’ is MISSING!

Have you seen Libby GaGa? This local tax business ‘waver’ is MISSING!

Mike Mason works at a local tax service, and he tells The Waterland Blog that their beloved ‘waver’ – a mannequin named Libby GaGa – is missing! Mason says that GaGa was  shipped up... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Car, Meet Garage. Garage, Meet Car. Bam!

The Marine View Driver: Car, Meet Garage. Garage, Meet Car. Bam!

Wherein the author encounters yet another miraculous car healing. By Mike Smith Every day I drive up and down Lake City Way, aka LCW. There is an espresso stand near Nathan Hale High School that has at... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Not a tree…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Not a tree…

by Dave Markwell Last fall, my son told me he was thinking about joining his high school swim team. For the previous couple of years, he wrestled. I liked wrestling and was a little disappointed that... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hand Raisers…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hand Raisers…

by Dave Markwell Every day, in every room, hands are raised. These hands climb from the uncertain pockets or desk tops to do the difficult, but important things. While many secure their sweaty palms firmly... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Rambling about Ramblings

The Marine View Driver: Rambling about Ramblings

Wherein the author encounters a tiled traveler’s greeting. By Mike Smith I’ve read a lot of heartfelt messages in my time on this orb. I’m a husband a father and a grandfather. Messages from... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

by Dave Markwell Last night, after a longer than normal day of work and meetings and just “stuff”, I opened my front door to let my dogs outside. Being uncomfortably familiar with my old dog, Diego’s,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Investments

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Investments

by Dave Markwell Today, as the morning fog drifted delicately above the saltwater and the mountains above the sea shone red and orange from the sunrise, life felt pretty good. I looked out my living room... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: New Year’s Resolution for the Ages(d)

The Marine View Driver: New Year’s Resolution for the Ages(d)

Wherein the author hits on a sure-fire resolution delivery system. By Mike Smith Since it is a new year I’ve been thinking about resolutions. I don’t have much luck keeping resolutions. I am much... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Dinner With the Least of These

The Marine View Driver: Dinner With the Least of These

Time to wrap up the holidays. Let’s go out for dinner! By Mike Smith Welcome (and goodbye) to the Christmas Season. Last weekend was the eighth annual Christmas Dinner for the Homeless at our church.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of hands and hearts…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of hands and hearts…

by Dave Markwell The other day I helped a buddy pour some concrete. After we were finished, I looked at my hands. They were nicked and dusty and sore. I saw new wounds and old scars. I’m not sure I’ve... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Seventy-Five Cent Racing, or For Whom the Tolls Aren’t Baleful

The Marine View Driver: Seventy-Five Cent Racing, or For Whom the Tolls Aren’t Baleful

Wherein the author rants about so-called traffic solutions while enjoying a seventy-five cent race. By Mike Smith I was driving along 405 in Bellevue the other day and saw a couple of guys racing. I thought... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

by Dave Markwell The day after Thanksgiving is a good day. Glorious leftovers create opportunities for many different sandwich combinations: ham and stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes with a deviled... [Read more]