Archive for November, 2009

Black Friday

Some random comments on this new holiday that is quickly becoming more prominent than Christmas itself: So, we have learned that the day after Thanksgiving in the US is a new holiday known as “Black Friday.”  This is not to be confused with Black Tuesday, the day that the New York Stock Exchange crashed in […]

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All Things Cascadia

There are many ways to describe what Cascadia is. It has been described differently by a multitude of people, both as a region and as a way of life. I see it as both — both as a geographic region and as a way of life.  I will take the rest of this page to […]

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Ivar Lives On

Anyone who has grown up in the Seattle area, especially if they are over the age of 40, is familiar with the exploits of Ivar Haglund.  Ivar is the well known founder of Ivar’s Restaurants in Seattle and throughout Cascadia.  He was also well known as a character and practical joker who formed a part […]

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Sailing the Salish Sea

It has been surprising to me how quickly the new term “Salish Sea” has come into usage to describe the inland waterways that comprise the areas we still call Puget Sound, the Georgia Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Even the name of this blog suggests that the environment of our region of […]

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The End of the World. Not 2012.

I have been asked by more than the average number of people lately whether I believe that the world is coming to an end.  Yes, it will.  Depending upon your belief system, it will happen when the Creator says so, or when the Son of God returns to Earth, or when some catastrophic event from […]

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Veterans Day – Rememberance Day – 2009

Since the days of exploration in the history of both the United States and Canada, the brave and the not-so-brave among us have put themselves into harms way in the name of the good of our nations.  They have prevented our territories from attack, and they have saved the lives of our citizens and residents.  […]

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Immigration Policy

Quick Thought of the day: Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild […]

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Plague!!!

Well, it’s likely not the bubonic plague or anything like that.  It might feel like it, of course, but it isn’t. Really, I think I have the common cold.  In my 47 years of experience as a human, the symptoms I have seem to match up with that scenario.  But I have one other concern.  […]

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Continuing Religious Discrimination

We are still wondering about the motivation of how an army Major, a physician no less, could open fire and kill or injure 43 people at the US Army base where he worked in Texas.  This was the largest peacetime crime ever on a domestic military base, and by any measure, a truly great tragedy […]

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