What a privilege it was for my brother and me to represent our dad at the Ronald Naasko Playground dedication last Saturday in Corvallis, Oregon. Many of his friends, including several of the children he mentored, turned out for the event. It was wonderful to see them, and to learn how fondly they remember him. One … Continue reading Thank you, Corvallis
I'm pleased to announce I've had a poem published in the summer edition of Rise Up Review. The poem is a based on my experiences and observations working in an elementary school the week after Parkland. It is a true story, with only a small measure of poetic license. I spent much of the past … Continue reading Rise Up Review
My youngest daughter is on a school trip to Eastern Europe. It is perhaps the grandest adventure of her young life so far, and certainly the longest and farthest she has been away from home on her own. She's doing great. I know she is doing great because we don't hear from her much. We … Continue reading The unexpected, in the expected
Why does anyone except our soldiers need a weapon that can do do this? It's not a question most of the world asks because the answer is clear. The answer is no one. My daughter, husband and I marched yesterday with millions of others across our nation — and the world — to support our teens, … Continue reading March for our Lives Signs, Seattle
Tens of thousands of Puget Sound residents came out Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Women's March. I've attended both years and here's my report from the ground: the resistance is strong. It's stronger than last year. And it's gaining by the day. What began as a protest to the election and inauguration of Trump — a … Continue reading Women’s March 2.0: Still, We Persist
Today is the 11th day of the 11th month. It is Veterans Day. At the 11th hour on this day in 1918 fighting ceased in World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Forty-nine years, and several wars later, my father was drafted into the Vietnam War. He used to mark the solemn 11th hour of Veterans … Continue reading Light a Candle for Peace
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A young man rang my doorbell late this morning and identified himself as a member of the Leadership Council. "We're taking a survey of the neighborhood. I'd like to ask you a few questions about recent political issues," he said. "What's the Leadership Council?" I asked. "It's a fiscally conservative group," he said. He seemed hesitant … Continue reading A Political Knock
Not long after President Trump stood in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday and made the announcement that he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, I took a photo of a bee on a peony bush in my backyard. What does a bee have to do with that news? Nothing. And everything. This bee … Continue reading Bees, Paris and Climate Change
It's the question being heard 'round the nation. What would we do if we came across someone being harassed or attacked, as two teenage girls were on a Portland train last week? One girl, age 16, was black. The other girl, 17, was wearing a hijab. Both were victims of a vicious anti-Muslim tirade by … Continue reading What Would We Do?