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A legend in our midst.

He came. We saw. He conquered my heart again.

As a lifelong fan of all things Woody Allen, I expected a pleasant evening when we got tickets to hear his New Orleans style jazz band play in Seattle. I hadn’t anticipated the joyous love-fest that filled the Paramount Theatre […]

Lost Out Here in the Stars

If we can put a man on the moon…

At this time of year it’s customary to see a spike in the belief gauge. We all need to believe in something, even if it’s only the infield fly rule.

But the majority of believers aim higher. Truth, justice, freedom, salvation – these are the […]

Let’s Cookie!

He's back!

It was the slogan “Let’s Merry!” that pushed me over the edge.

I’ve got nothing against Starbucks. They’ve raised the bar on coffee quality and encouraged a whole new economy, which isn’t always a bad thing. But their slogan, which transforms another innocent adjective into a dubious verb, irked the placid […]

The Up Side of Losing

Let's Go To A Movie

People who don’t get sports sometimes don’t get that it’s not just about winning.

It’s about playing. Being in the game. Being part of a team. Kind of like being human.

While many great films have been set in and around the world of sports, it’s the rare film […]

Unoccupied

The Space Needle evokes a time when the future seemed brighter.

The twin stars in the firmament of Seattle are the Space Needle, which hovers over the downtown skyline like some abandoned probe left by interstellar tourists, and Mount Rainier, a majestic snow-capped magnet with its head in the clouds most of the time.

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Peak Pocket Park

A ribbon of poetry lures strollers into the park.

It sneaks up on you and steals your heart.

One minute you’re walking around the corner of a typical neighborhood block, small houses crouched in the shadows of burly new condo developments, and then, a sliver of silver on the sidewalk catches your eye. You […]

Signs and Wonders

Is it a warning or a cry for help?

Things look bad, some say.

Others insist everything’s been done before, it’s all cyclic, we survived the Great Depression we’ll survive this, etc.

For many of us addicted to the 24/7 news feed, the signature tune of this dawning century, it’s hard to find hope. […]

Why a Coot?

Coot Force

People admire eagles. They respect hawks. They bill and coo over doves.

Coots don’t get a lot of respect.

Generally speaking, when you hear the word coot, it’s preceded by the qualifiers “crazy old.” This seems unfair to me. At least to the birds.

I’ve been thinking a lot about coots lately. […]

Let Them Eat Cake

Those clouds aren't made of frosting.

Halloween plays differently in our nation’s capital.

In a city where politics is the dominant industry, wearing masks and acting out in public are commonplace. But even so, the sidewalk palette shifts a bit from the usual red, white and blue to a range more orange and black. […]

Pumped

Ghosts in the attic.

Remember when Halloween was one night a year?

Now it’s a season.

I used to love Halloween when I was a kid. It was the one night of the year when you could dress up and go out after dinner and run around in the dark with a paper bag […]