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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shopping Cart.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shopping Cart.

By Dave Markwell A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from my mom. My mom rarely calls me, so I was a bit concerned. Answering my phone, “Hi, Mom!!”, with some enthusiasm and optimism that bad news... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shirts.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shirts.

By Dave Markwell I’ve been on a bit of a purge lately. I’ve been going through closets of crap and getting rid of it. I have too much stuff, much of which serves no useful purpose. I don’t even... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A call from a boy…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A call from a boy…

By Dave Markwell At 4:30 this morning my phone rang. Being familiar with phone calls at this hour, I knew it was probably not good news. It wasn’t. My caller ID said, “Aden”, my son. “Hi, buddy”,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: We’ll see…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: We’ll see…

By Dave Markwell Last weekend, my daughter informed me that she was going to see a movie with her friend, “Becky”, and would need a ride Saturday evening. Now, the only surprising element of this... [Read more]

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]

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: 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: 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]

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]

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: It’s time to GIVE – take the ‘Cass’ Holiday Challenge’!

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: It’s time to GIVE – take the ‘Cass’ Holiday Challenge’!

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

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]