This is a page to park good things on. Fragments of posts, photos, links. Half cooked ideas, or things I’d just rather not forget. Check back often, new additions will be added to the top of the list.  It is intentionally unorganized.



As Abigail Adams and I forge our new life together, we face many decisions colored by the data in this piece. The question is how to use that data to limit future risk.
“It’s going to take something from each of us, too, and perhaps especially from those who happen to be the momentary winners of this cycle in the game. We need to peel our eyes away from the mirror of our own success and think about what we can do in our everyday lives for the people who aren’t our neighbors. We should be fighting for opportunities for other people’s children as if the future of our own children depended on it. It probably does.”


Been a while. But these words still speak:
“This is a recipe. Some ingredients are hard to come by, and even more difficult to prepare.”

(posted 2018.04.30)


I see a lot of stuff on LinkedIn, and rarely find it worth repeating or thinking about. But this made the cut:

Learn to Master Anything


From the rad dude at

It’s just good advice for being in the mountains. Seriously.

(posted 2017.12.23)


It takes real courage to process and release a tragedy. Shake hands with the skeleton in the closet:

(posted 2017.11.22)


I know I do this a lot. Put on a pretty face before I let someone in. I know I foist that expectation on other peope too- “pack your bag so it looks like you know what you’re doing”. It’s hard to say that we don’t know, or are still getting experience, or maybe were just tired and needed to be lazy that day.
Being real usually isn’t pretty.
(posted 2017.11.19)


My favorite webcomic of all time, starts here and runs for the next 5 pages. Just read all of it.

“Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers, open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without knowing exactly how they will turn out.”

This has always been the hardest. Maybe that’s why I’m so bent on chasing things that feel unknown and scary. I think that is where the gold is.

(posted 2017.07.24)


So while it is tempting to drool all over “obstruction of justice”– let’s take a few notes on how to win.

Sheri Bustos has succeeded in something very rare: winning by big margins in Trump country.  Her success- “is rooted in unslick, face-to-face politicking. She shows up. She shakes hands. She asks questions—a lot of questions. “Don’t talk down to people—you listen,”

Let’s stop complaining and hoping, and start shaking hands and listening to each other.

(posted 05.16.2017)



“Those citizens who fantasize about defying tyranny from within fortified compounds have never understood how liberty is actually threatened in a modern bureaucratic state: not by diktat and violence, but by the slow, demoralizing, process of corruption and deceit. And the way that liberty must be defended is not with amateur firearms, but with an unvarying insistence upon the honesty, integrity, and professionalism of American institutions and those who lead them.We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. The moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.”

-David Frum, “How to Build an Autocracy”, March, The Atlantic. Former speechwriter for George W Bush.

We may believe different things. I stand with unwearying insistence on honesty, integrity, and professionalism. Let’s start from there and refuse to be demoralized.

(Posted 2017.03.25)


You don’t have to be aging for this to be good advice. List at the bottom.

(Posted 2017.02.25)




Originally from a 1919 edition of the Seattle Union Record, published in “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn

(Posted 2017.01.31)

What about this seems like good governance or bringing the country together? The answer is “nothing.”
If the election results haven’t brought you pause yet, now is the time. Also, the National Security Council no longer considers the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (of the military), nor the Director of National Intelligence, but does include an aging media CEO with no previous government experience and a well documented history of anti-semitism and sexism. This is not acceptable.

(posted 2017.01.29)

Cause for Climate Hope:
Read the full PDF- it will lift you.

(posted 2017.01.11)

This may be a bitter pill for some, but Karl Rove has been winning elections for a long damn time. Those of us that don’t like him better sit up and pay attention, because I think he is right.

(posted 2016.12.21)


Community standards

‘”What’s it like around here?”

It’s a fair question to ask about an office, a home, a town…

“Why do people act like that, talk like that, treat others that way?”

The only reason they do is because we let them. People can’t violate community standards for long without being asked to leave the community. Either that, or the standards change.’

-Seth Godin

–>Consider what standard you want to hold, and what you want your community to be like.

(posted 2016.12.07)

This is legit- Joey Alexander tickles the ivory. (posted 11.20.16)

“My response tonight to the election results: went to my first meeting with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship where I will be volunteering with STEM students over the next 6 months and made a donation to Garden City Harvest to forward experiential learning and community connectivity through food.

The acts of my rebellion are to small, regular, full of love, and unstoppable. Onwards.”
(posted 2016.11.09)

Not mine, but yes. From my friend Ben Chernivsky (posted 2016.11.02)


Stop caring what other people think. (posted 10.17.2016)  I have a hard time with this and need the reminder.

Dose of humble pie (posted 7.25.2016)

“What does the world need?” (posted 7.18.2016)

A bit of climbing training nerd out. Climbing Magazine (posted 6.19.16)

Alex Honnold is not primarily thought of as a writer, but this is a beautiful piece on the importance of our national parks(posted 5.24.16)

“Ignorance is not a vitue… Believe in democracy… If you disagree with someone, bring them in, challenge them, and be brave enough to learn something.” Obama, breaking it down for the Rutgers class of 2016:

Will Gadd’s Five Truths About Exercise

Ever turn down a panhandler? I often justify it by giving elsewhere– but this made me think, what if I just gave, right then, and didn’t look back.

The Year Of Helping Every Time

“If you can pay someone to make you coffee, you are rich.”

Having a rough day? Put some Bob Ross back in your life:

If you need a haircut on the north side of Seattle, I can’t recommend these guys enough:

The truth, according to a Seattle billionaire who is doing good things:

Honest –