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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Tables.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Tables.

by Dave Markwell During my lifetime, I have sat at many tables. I have enjoyed dinner tables and picnic tables and high-top bar tables. I have rested my elbows on various shapes and sizes and textures... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

by Dave Markwell I walked into my house and sensed disaster…again. Opening the front door, I was met with shredded napkins and a trail of rice leading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, my old... [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]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shotgun Riders.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shotgun Riders.

by Dave Markwell Halloween each year marks an anniversary of the day my little brother died. He was 16 years old. I was 19. Though many years have passed since this event, it remains likely the single-most... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Night Dive.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Night Dive.

by Dave Markwell Several lifetimes ago, I drove to Costa Rica with a couple of buddies. We slept in my 1986 Vanagon with each other’s feet in our faces. We ate cheap street tacos and drank cheap beer.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Finish Lines.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Finish Lines.

by Dave Markwell Each morning I wake up and go for a walk. I contemplate my day as I take my little two-mile stroll from my house around the Marina. My little morning jaunt is more meditative than a part... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Broken bits.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Broken bits.

by Dave Markwell I don’t work on Tuesdays. By “don’t work”, I don’t mean that I lie on the couch eating delicious grilled sandwiches all day. (Though, this, frankly, sounds like a pretty damn... [Read more]

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: Sorry I haven’t written for a long time…here’s why!

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: Sorry I haven’t written for a long time…here’s why!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 14-year old special needs student at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines. In 2016 she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Burien. She has also... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: First Days

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: First Days

by Dave Markwell ‘Tis the season for first days. First days of school shake our kids loose from their cozy summer schedules and liberate parents from the hand and heart-wringing task of trying to mitigate... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Fine Reward…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Fine Reward…

by Dave Markwell Each morning I get up, start a pot of coffee, let my dogs outside and think about my day. When my dogs are finished with their business, I head back inside my house and pour my first... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Deep Waters.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Deep Waters.

by Dave Markwell My daughter doesn’t like to write. She’s not super-fond of reading either. In fact, the entire scope of language arts is only grudgingly accepted as a necessary evil. As an avid reader... [Read more]

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]

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: 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]

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: 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]