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I have a beautiful distant relative--my mother's cousin's wife. Irene is originally from Germany, tall, and with a presence I love to be around. She has the barest of accents and I only remember English is her other language because her words are so crisp and clean. She is the kind of relative who brings an air of… READ MORE >>

On New's Year Eve, I crashed and burned so hard that I am still recovering here at the end of January. It all started out so well. My son and I were at First Night in Tacoma. December 31st was the kind of cold that made everything hurt from the tips of my nose to… READ MORE >>

Driver's License Guy of Awesome

The Driver's Licence Guy at the Department of Motor Vehicles where I live has an impossible job. He sits at the front of a snaking line of people in unhappy moods because they must stand in his line. He tells them they have to pay money to have a picture taken that they will invariably… READ MORE >>

Last Sunday Pastor Ann Berney at Puyallup United Methodist Church asked the children what biblical story they liked best. Most of them chose stories like Noah's Ark or Jonah and the Whale -- stories that pull many children in. Sitting in the pew in my favorite spot by the stained glass, I asked myself what… READ MORE >>