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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]

PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Huge drug bust, local weather forecast, Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #49 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [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]

PODCAST: Man shoots at police, SWAT team; Jack Mayne Commentary, more

PODCAST: Man shoots at police, SWAT team; Jack Mayne Commentary, more

Here’s episode #46 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [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]

PODCAST: Help needed to solve drive-by shooting; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Help needed to solve drive-by shooting; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #43 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [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]

PODCAST: Fire displaces 44; man beaten in Burien; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fire displaces 44; man beaten in Burien; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #40 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [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]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I Hate Heroin

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I Hate Heroin

[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:] I Hate Heroin. You go to bed thinking... [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]

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]

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Kaplan says utility tax is off Dec. 17 council agenda

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Kaplan says utility tax is off Dec. 17 council agenda

[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:] Based on conversations with fellow... [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]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The things we love the most…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The things we love the most…

by Dave Markwell My daughter played “Frosty the Snowman” on the piano last night. As I watched and listened and smiled, I saw my little girl as a young woman and was happy and sad at the same time.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

by Dave Markwell A couple of years ago, after an evening out, my wife and I headed to Denny’s for the obligatory late-night gut-bombing. Per normal procedure, my wife drove as I was, once again, over-served... [Read more]