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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Birds and Songs.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Birds and Songs.

by Dave Markwell “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou Unlike human beings, the song bird is unconcerned with having an answer. As human... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Loud.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Loud.

by Dave Markwell My house is loud. My kids make a lot of noise. My dogs scratch and moan and bark. My father-in-law is visiting and he is perhaps the loudest one of all. No one seems to enjoy silence,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Nicks

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Nicks

by Dave Markwell My son is embarking on a weekend long sailboat race with my old neighbor, Nick. He’s excited. Nick’s excited. And I’m excited. As a legitimate crew member, my son is learning about... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Moms are mean.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: 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: Left-hand Turns

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Left-hand Turns

by Dave Markwell While rifling through an old wallet the other day, I found a jewel. This wonderful little gem was tucked in a far corner of the broken zipper pocket. I remember replacing this wallet after... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: An Important Thing.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: An Important Thing.

by Dave Markwell Each weekday at 2:10 pm I pick up my fifteen year old son from high school. He opens the truck door, throws his back pack on the floor and climbs in. Then, I start asking questions: “How... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Fuddy-Duddy

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Fuddy-Duddy

by Dave Markwell I am approaching “old fuddy-duddy” age. Next week, I will turn 45. This seems to have happened rather suddenly, though I have no big feelings about it, except that I’m glad I made... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Seagulls

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Seagulls

by Dave Markwell While sitting in my truck down at my Des Moines Marina, I was writing a different column in my notebook. As I pondered important words and profound thoughts, I watched some seagulls sitting... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Fifteen.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Fifteen.

by Dave Markwell My son, Aden, turned fifteen. How this happened I do not know. Time, I suppose, does this. Time and a couple of rare, but fortunate, demonstrations of parental self-discipline during those... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old People.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old People.

by Dave Markwell An old man died this week. Probably many old men died this week. I only knew one of them. This old man lived in my hometown of Des Moines, Washington for nearly 50 years. His contributions... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Long Walk…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Long Walk…

by Dave Markwell The other day I was tired. This is not news. I am often tired. I wake up early and don’t always go to bed early. This makes me tired. On this day, I was so tired that I took a nap. This... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Doing Dishes…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Doing Dishes…

by Dave Markwell After picking my son up from school yesterday, we/he decided it was a good day to burn the left over branches from a cherry tree I cut down that had been a bit of an eye sore in our yard... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: French toast.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: French toast.

by Dave Markwell It was a morning of much to do. Contemplating the shape of my day with a sense of urgency and intention was happening. I had a long list of stuff I wanted to get done. Successfully completing... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Wasted Time.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Wasted Time.

by Dave Markwell Last night, I had to make a drive that I did not want to make. Following another long day in an already long week, I was required to travel for three hours delivering my daughter to my... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Glassy Water.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Glassy Water.

by Dave Markwell I am a notoriously impatient driver. I am not an aggressive driver, but I know the rules and expect others to know and follow them as I do. I am often disappointed. In these moments, my... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Feel Good V-Day

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Feel Good V-Day

by Dave Markwell In honor of this Valentine’s Day of LOVE, I have cobbled together a bunch of thoughts on love, as written by people smarter than me. Enjoy this Feel Good Valentine’s Day with the people... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Places…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Places…

by Dave Markwell Driving through my hometown of Des Moines, Washington with my son the other day, it occurred to me how differently we experience the same place. It is his hometown, too, but we have very... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Misfit Toys

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Misfit Toys

by Dave Markwell Last night while sitting at my local bar surrounded by a mismatched collection of friends, it struck me exactly how diverse my catalogue of acquaintances is. I suspect that I am not alone... [Read more]