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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Highline School Bond…and US!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Highline School Bond…and US!

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: by Dave Markwell For the past few weeks, opinions about the Highline school district bond have dominated the comment sections of our local media outlets. Vast... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Dads.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Dads.

by Dave Markwell “My Dad is the coolest dad in the world!” I thought, as I stared at my shredded jeans and, very fortunately, barely scratched thigh. I was around ten and had just suffered a could-have-been-catastrophic-but-wasn’t... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Countdowns

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Countdowns

by Dave Markwell Well, the countdown is almost over. Next Friday ends the annual month-long trek towards summer vacation. It will begin. Understanding that summer vacation marks the beginning of nearly... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: MDW

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: MDW

by Dave Markwell I love Memorial Day weekend!! I really, really love it. As soon as Labor Day weekend ends, I look forward to this weekend. MDW is the official start of my summer. It represents a change... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Weeds.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Weeds.

by Dave Markwell The other day I picked the weeds which live in the sidewalk in front of my wife’s office. I hate these weeds. I hate the weeds that clutter the sidewalk more than I hate picking them.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mmmmm…Dobie…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mmmmm…Dobie…

by Dave Markwell While eating dinner the other night my annoyingly picky son was questioning the taco meat. He questions everything we eat. I, in my usual fashion, avoided his queries with “Just eat... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Spaces

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Spaces

by Dave Markwell While on vacation last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to stumble across Steven Tyler’s autobiography. For anyone living under a rock for the past thirty years and who may not... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: It’s A Small World

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: It’s A Small World

by Dave Markwell Three days after my Disneyland “experience,” I am still waking up humming “It’s A Small World.” This does not evoke the pleasant feelings of nostalgic joy which one might... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Good Day.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Good Day.

by Dave Markwell It’s 11:00 at night and I am currently sitting in a hotel a stone’s throw away from Disneyland…the happiest place on earth. As my daughter screams at my son in an over-tired fit... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Streaming Consciousness

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Streaming Consciousness

by Dave Markwell Some weeks, I have a lot to say and words fall like raindrops onto the page. This week I just have thoughts, random and spotty thoughts without any common theme tying them together. I... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Urs and Crafs.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Urs and Crafs.

by Dave Markwell The day began as a dud and pretty much held its course firm. The rain did not stop. In fact, at times it conjured up grainy images of the Gilligan’s Island opening when the Minnow was... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Pick-up Game

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Pick-up Game

by Dave Markwell The other day, due to a slight, but not atypical, miscalculation of time, I actually arrived early to pick my daughter up from her after-school program, Art Wizards. Most weeks, I arrive... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Confession

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Confession

by Dave Markwell I like country music. There, I said it. I am officially “coming out” as a guy who likes country music. While this may not seem remarkable, as a fella having grown up in the age of... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Remembering Sir!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Remembering Sir!!

by Dave Markwell From time to time, I am asked about my writing “process.” I use the quotation marks, because I hope it eliminates any serious discussion about me actually having a process. I think... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sand Dollars

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sand Dollars

by Dave Markwell Last night, I had an opportunity to tell a story. It is a story that has been often told and has different versions, but resonates with me every time I hear it. Here is a version of the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mirrors

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mirrors

by Dave Markwell I had the unfortunate experience of passing a mirror the other day. I did not look as good as I felt and it made me mad. I felt like the mirror was tricking me, because in my head, I... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Serf’s up!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Serf’s up!!

by Dave Markwell “Dad, you need to make my sandwich”, my twelve year old son, Aden, informed me this morning. And so began our daily dance. Every single day, we both don’t want to make the sandwich,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Walking the Aisle

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Walking the Aisle

by Dave Markwell After a 14 hour travel day, I am too brain-fried to trust the column I have written. I can’t tell if it’s good or if it sucks. When this happens I will pull something from my quiver... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Resolutions

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Resolutions

by Dave Markwell Sitting aboard Delta Airlines flight 822 heading east for a plane change in Detroit while traveling on a holiday “vacation” to Rochester, NY to visit my wife’s family, I glanced... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Christmas Card

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Christmas Card

by Dave Markwell I love going to the mailbox this time of year. Normally, I am shamelessly indifferent about receiving mail. Bills and junk mail have lost their allure for me. In fact, I usually outsource... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Clap Hard!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Clap Hard!!

by Dave Markwell Through the various trips and travels of my forty-two years, I have learned many things. Some of these things have come through very deliberate efforts, but probably the majority of the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Christmas Omelet

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Christmas Omelet

by Dave Markwell This morning I made my wife an omelet. This act alone is not super noteworthy. I make her breakfast fairly often. The unusual ingredient in this morning’s meal was the extra time and... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Paradise…FOUND!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Paradise…FOUND!!

by Dave Markwell Every year my Rotary Club donates dictionaries to all of the third graders in our city. Distributing the books to the students is always a neat event. It is fun seeing all of the young... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Thanks and Giving

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Thanks and Giving

by Dave Markwell I am not a big fan of parades. To be clear, I don’t really like parades on TV. I like them in person. This is an interesting fact only because I am actually enjoying watching the Macy’s... [Read more]