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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lost Things

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lost Things

By Dave Markwell Once a year, I dig through my closet to find my wig. Over time, the staple element of my perennial “guy-in-a-wig” Halloween costume has become a little knappy. Originally, it was... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

By Dave Markwell Last night I attended a grand event. It was a retirement party for two of Des Moines finest gals, Sue Padden and Patrice Thorell. For twenty-plus years, these two forces of nature led... [Read more]

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]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>The Benefits of Recognition</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: The Benefits of Recognition

The Benefits of Recognition By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Saying “Thank You” matters. Whether in your personal life or in the workplace. Showing gratitude promotes... [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]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Economic Forecast – Stronger Together</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Economic Forecast – Stronger Together

Economic Forecast – Stronger Together By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce John F. Kennedy once said, “A rising tide lifts all boats”. But, did you know that Kennedy... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD NEW YEAR: Still can…

FEEL GOOD NEW YEAR: Still can…

By Dave Markwell A few weeks ago, I was at my old buddy, Scott’s, house catching up a bit following the memorial service for his dad. It was one of those simple, beautiful moments of life and friendship... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Breezes.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Breezes.

By Dave Markwell Returning home to my dogs after a fine Thanksgiving meal, I was feeling especially gracious – even more so by the exceptionally low standards I have set for my dogs. As I delicately... [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]

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]