Sean Connery, the actor who played the original Bond passed away this week. Iconic both in fiction and real life, to me he represents a defender of all we embrace in liberal democracy as something to be protected in an age when authoritarian governments appear to be on the rise everywhere. When I say “liberal … More His name was Bond, James Bond
It is that time of year again. The leaves begin to turn and the rain returns to Seattle, and so do the alumni of the University of Washington for Homecoming. Except not this year, not if they value their health. Football was first cancelled, then delayed until November. Apparently a spike in the number of … More Homecoming
In line with the notion that folk songs all need to be updated, this tune came to mind driving through Ballard, the formerly Norwegian town which was consumed by Seattle at one point. Like Ballard, the song is completely original. It starts with a the Chorus: I want to go down to Condo Canyon. … More Condo Canyon
We more or less live in a time where we have come to expect a quantum of leisure time and a variety of experiences. I recall early in the primary grades reading comments about how Americans had more time and more money than ever before to pursue relaxation and generally fun activities. What was not … More Men at Work
My parents wed in 1956 and they went the distance; 62 years, until Mom died this spring. This is the story of the wedding. It is 1955. My parents announce their engagement and party is held in the house my grandparents built during the war. They set the date for July 14th, 1956, which is … More My Parents Big Fat Catholic Wedding
What was Glacier Peak Brewing, then the Flying Pig, and then the late Majestic Diner is now a pool hall in the middle of our town. What is the world coming to? Well my friends you have trouble, right here in River City, right here on Colby Avenue. Look what it says on the sign … More Trouble in River City
Most of the time we go through life, day in day out, not thinking at all about the Big Questions or whether there is an end to all of this. Then one day the question is called. And you have to ask yourself; what have I achieved? While hospitalized this spring with a serious infection … More The Hero with the 1000 Cases
This President has gone all Goodspaceguy on us, he has reached the final frontier. Mr. Trump now boldly leads us to a place where no man has gone before, a sixth branch of the military to “dominate space”. Our President it is said, does not read, but apparently watches a lot of TV. Perhaps he … More President Trump’s Space Force; Boldly Go
Then God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. God saw the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day”, and He called the darkness “night. Evening came, then morning. The first day.
Wouldn’t it great to be Bond, James Bond, if only for a little while? You know, the fast car, martini’s shaken not stirred, just another day of gun play for Her Majesty? Of course that job is already taken, but can we just pretend for a little while? No. Just try to drive around … More The Name’s Bond. James Bond.