Lessons from the Ashes: Love, Loss and Letting Go

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Almost 30 years ago this week, it happened. The big fire. Yes, I am one of those who lost it all – but guess what, we are still here and that’s something to thank God for.

Not going to sugar coat it. A house fire sucks. We were extremely lucky and I learned an important lesson about loss, love and letting go. I learned you shouldn’t love anything that can’t love you back.

The fire was on July 3. Read the rest of this entry »


On the fringe of a tragedy: don’t forget them

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Memories are tricky – why is it so easy to forget some, but remember others? This week, I am remembering one that I wish I could forget. The lesson in all of this is to remember – remember to help yourself and ask for help if you need it. It doesn’t matter if you are media, cops, social workers, family, and friends.

As a reporter, I covered a murder/suicide involving two little kids. Read the rest of this entry »

Shaken…then stirred

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A few weeks back I went to a concert. While that’s not what many would call out of the ordinary, it was for me. Let’s just say KRS-One isn’t someone I would typically spend my evening with, but my friend’s band was the opening act.

I am so glad I did. KRS-One, while again, not at all on my playlist, was amazing. And, I was so happy to see my friend and his band. They were awesome! With three kids, he and his wife don’t get out much, so it was great to see them having a great time. A win all around. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, I did it. For me.

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I usually don’t write much about personal stuff. My work can be really interesting/important/exciting, so I stick to that. If you want to see what I am doing there, I will try to do more, but you should follow WSDOT on Twitter and Facebook. And get an RSS feed for the news releases and blog. Hey, no excuses! Know before you go!

Most of my personal activities have something to do with my son. He’s awesome. I try to keep up with My Little Lefty. But I did something this past week just for me. I completed my first half marathon. And I want to thank some amazing, fabulous and inspiring groups.

ClubOly Running, Guerilla Running and Race for a Soldier. You are the best!

Let’s just say I have never been much of a runner. I am slow and always will be. It’s okay with me. But I needed something to kick my butt in gear. I had been running about four miles a day, four days a week, at 40 to 50 minutes, until April 2010. Then some knee problems got me down.

Enter Terra and ClubOly.

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Writing a bio for writers is gulp…help!

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A colleague asked me to help teach a basic PIO training course. I will be a “practical exercise mentor” for the Washington State Emergency Management Department’s Basic PIO course in mid-March. For this, I had to write a short bio. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s about the mobile, not the social

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Social media have become the elephant in the EOC By Doug Page, in Homeland1

First off, I have an issue with the title of Page’s article – is the word social media a singular or a plural? Here, he uses it as a plural and it looks and sounds wrong. But that’s my pet peeve. If he added “tools” after social media, I would feel better.

The article says: Read the rest of this entry »

A little too much “me” in Social Media

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Sports have always been an important part of my life. Participating in sports, I had good coaches and bad ones. But even the bad ones at one point must have given the “there’s no I in team” speech.

The team concept remains very important to me. I believe in teamwork and admire great teams. And, conversely, I loathe those who put themselves before the team. Or, worse, take sole credit for a team project. Read the rest of this entry »