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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Steps.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Steps.

By Dave Markwell Throughout our lives, we take many steps. Some are forward. Some are sideways. Some are backwards. These steps move us through life. I recall my own first steps into a kindergarten classroom.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Death of a coffee machine.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Death of a coffee machine.

By Dave Markwell A couple of days ago, my coffee maker croaked. I took it apart to see if any glaring issues stood out. After maxing out my appliance repair knowledge in about 12 seconds, I determined... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber: <i>Vote November 7th!</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber: Vote November 7th!

By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Election Day is fast approaching – Tuesday, November 7th – and although we might not be voting for President this year, now more... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Audiences.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Audiences.

By Dave Markwell The other morning I was greeted with an unexpected message on Facebook from an old buddy whom I don’t chat with often, but one whose fate with me is sealed. For better or worse, he’s... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Courage

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Courage

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s column is a rerun.] by Dave Markwell This week’s column was especially challenging to get a bead on. My original idea involved my family’s dinner time discussion... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Backwards.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Backwards.

By Dave Markwell The other day I put my underwear on backwards. This was not super-unusual. I will often, in my morning haste, put the wrong foot in the wrong leg hole. Typically, I discover this error... [Read more]

After many years of ‘Feel Good Fridays,’ Dave Markwell’s new book is out

After many years of ‘Feel Good Fridays,’ Dave Markwell’s new book is out

After many years of “Feel Good Fridays,” a definitive collection of Dave Markwell’s weekly column for The Waterland Blog has been compiled and is AVAILABLE for your reading delight! Through... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Traffic.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Traffic.

by Dave Markwell I hate traffic. I spend much time avoiding it. In fact, I may spend more time trying to avoid traffic than the actual delay would cost me. The other day, while heading home from a jobsite... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Gone.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Gone.

by Dave Markwell Last Saturday, I dropped my son off at college. Walking the hallways of his fraternity, I remembered the timeless smells of stale beer and bad choices. I carried a mini-fridge, a TV,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Straight nails.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Straight nails.

by Dave Markwell I’m currently working on an interesting little deck project. This project has involved some demolition, re-framing, new decking, posts, and rails, etc. During the demo phase, I found... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Whispers and a stream.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Whispers and a stream.

by Dave Markwell A couple of weeks ago, my thirteen year old daughter said with a smile, “I’m just not very good at things.” This was a pretty blanket statement preceded by her sucking at something.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lonesome Places.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lonesome Places.

by Dave Markwell Last week I enjoyed a rare and precious experience for me: a vacation. I spent 10 days in the Eastern Washington heat surrounded by family and friends. I delighted in some golf and cards... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Before sunrise.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Before sunrise.

by Dave Markwell I woke up at 4:30 this morning with an unusual amount of “aliveness”. I’m not sure why I woke up at 4:30 or why I was feeling so alive at such an hour, but life is funny. I heard... [Read more]

LETTER: City Manager Matthias and Mayor Pina took lead on airport issues

LETTER: City Manager Matthias and Mayor Pina took lead on airport issues

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Thank you all who signed our petition... [Read more]

LETTER: Huge THANK YOU to Aquatics Management Group for Mt. Rainier Pool

LETTER: Huge THANK YOU to Aquatics Management Group for Mt. Rainier Pool

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Mt. Rainier Pool is closed for renovations... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident gives recap & thoughts about recent Port of Seattle tree meeting

LETTER: Resident gives recap & thoughts about recent Port of Seattle tree meeting

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Dear Port, Thank you for the opportunity... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Building a Culture of Collaboration</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Building a Culture of Collaboration

By Andrea H. Reay In our extremely polarized political climate, it can be tempting to tune out, put your head down and run for the wall. Unfortunately, that’s not how progress is made at any level... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sundays and Sins.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sundays and Sins.

by Dave Markwell My daughter is a homebody. On another gray Sunday morning, after I fulfilled her very specific breakfast requests (demands), she crawled back into the snuggly little cave of blankets... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of a winter and a spring…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of a winter and a spring…

by Dave Markwell While driving home from school the other day, my 13 year old daughter queried, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” “I don’t know. Why?” I replied. “To go to the idiot’s... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rocket Ships.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rocket Ships.

by Dave Markwell 2016 sucked. Hard. It was without question the most challenging year of my life and maybe just simply the worst one I’ve ever had. I hope it dies in the dust of my history and not become... [Read more]