Category Archives: My Family

Garden

Last week, the young miss and I journeyed across the Puget Sound for a day in Everett. The single highlight for me was a visit to the Nishiyama Japanese Garden adjacent to the community college. I found it a peaceful … Continue reading

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The Winter of 2019

image credit We’ve had a significant run of snow in the Pacific Northwest the past several days. It actually feels like a Midwest or Eastern experience: school called off, structures collapsing from the weight of wet snow, shelters opening wide, … Continue reading

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Coverage of the Sun

Put up earlier on my facebook page. Getting ourselves set up on the side porch. The young miss with NASA tv on the laptop. My half-broken binoculars projecting the sun’s image onto a clothing box: My guess is that we … Continue reading

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Catholics ♥ @ Liturgy

The “day” of that “saint” was getting some mention today at Mass and online. Just a reminder that liturgists have a “heart” day, too. The third Friday after Pentecost. Today was the First Sunday of Lent. If you press things … Continue reading

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Vet

A number of veterans in my family: older brother, a few uncles, and even a niece served in the Coast Guard. My father is pictured, right.

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Sounders 2-1

The young miss and I ferried to Seattle to watch our first Sounders game. Not an MLS contest, but a CONCACAF Champions League match against a team from Tegucigalpa, Honduras–CD Olimpia. The whole late afternoon and evening was magical in … Continue reading

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Good-byes and Busy

Light live blogging ahead. The family’s westward expansion begins tomorrow. There are three daily posts in the active series: Laudato Si’, Dives in Misericordiae, and the month of Saint Ignatius–these are written and scheduled for the next five mornings. While … Continue reading

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Ache

Knocked off a twelve-hour day today on top of ten yesterday. That title I feel deeply. But after a shower and fresh clothes tonight and a loaded trailer (thanks to friends stopping by throughout the day) I’m nearly horizontal now … Continue reading

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Tetris

Notice the floor plan of the trailer sitting at the end of my driveway next to the house, right. lol. My friend Dan commented about “playing tetris” with the boxes of various sizes. Thanks to some muscle from him and … Continue reading

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Tales From The Money Pit

I never liked the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long farce. Even before I bought my first house. I don’t like when misfortune piles up on the unsuspecting. I thought today was going to be a simple day. Long day, but simple. Took … Continue reading

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7,091 Days

One of the affectionate banters I share with my wife is over “anniversaries.” She tracks them monthly, and from 27 February 1996, I’ve suggested “mundiversary” instead. It doesn’t stick. She had a long, rough day yesterday packing and cleaning and … Continue reading

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Boxes

The young miss and her mom went to pick up more boxes at the neighborhood grocery store this afternoon. The young guy there apologized for having whiskey boxes and hoped that would be okay. When my wife related that to … Continue reading

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Praying About It … Or Something

When I received an offer Friday to join a parish staff, I did what many church people do: I asked for the weekend to pray about it. I hung up the phone and pondered many options. Taking a few hours … Continue reading

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Free At Last!

WordPress didn’t like the file name of the graduation announcement, so here’s the text that went out with this picture of the young miss: You’d be laughing too if you were graduating from high school. May 17th 2015. I get … Continue reading

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Deep Freeze

Iowa’s really cold days were Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Supposedly it got a little warmer yesterday, but I wasn’t outside much to notice or compare. The young miss sent me this news story. The thought struck me that a … Continue reading

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