A fire levy which previously failed despite warnings of cuts in fire and emergency services in Maple Valley is passing on it's second go round according to the Maple Valley Reporter.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
My friend Joe and I traveled with our temple in Bellevue, because of the small number of us who were able to make the trip, we were joined by the Temple Beth El from St. Petersburg, Florida. Within the two groups, there were contrasts. The Florida group was lead by their charismatic and learned rabbi (bottom picture on right), we were lead by our Cantor David Serkin-Poole. Each made valuable contributions to our visit. The Florida group was all couples, along with a daughter and seemed to know each other well, while our group mostly left spouses at home and were getting to know each other. Joe and I flew over and back on Air Canada's 787 (middle picture).
It was on this trip that we realized how perilous this country's existence can be. While we visited the Golan, we could see beyond the borders of Syria and Lebanon, both generally hostile countries toward Israel. The trip gave us context into the media's coverage of the country.
The two great cities Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are so close, yet so different. Tel Aviv, is the stylish, cultural center of the country, it is where the State Of Israel was born and is recognized diplomatically as the "capital" Jerusalem (top picture), little more than 50 miles away is so different. It is the spiritual city. It is the hub of three major religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The Arabs and Jews often coexist in harmony. You can often hear the Muslim calls for prayer throughout the day. Arabs are often working alongside Jews.
Our guide Shari (bottom picture left) did an outstanding job teaching and reporting and helping us get to know the country that we love.
There is a lot to be proud of in the State Of Israel, the country was developed from a desert to a fertile country and seems in many ways so peaceful, but being a young country, with so many security issues (you see soldiers both men and women throughout the country) there are so many questions.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Instead of resting in retirement homes, this program allow seniors to learn and perform crafts which allows them to feel a sense of purpose. Their craft are sold at a gift shop and can also be purchased online.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Sherman has not missed a game since he entered the league in 2011 so there is little indication on how the team will play going forward.
Friday, November 10, 2017
You probably would not picture a luxury hotel on a kibbutz (Israel's social experiment), but between our time in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that's exactly where we were. We spent a couple of nights at The Pastoral at Kibbutz Kfar Blum in Northern Israel.
In the lounge, there was nightly entertainment. This Israeli folk duo, was joined by a food server to sing the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah".
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Gordon walked in space in the Gemini 11 and flew around the moon in Apollo 12. After retiring from NASA, he briefly became an executive for the New Orleans Saints Football team.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
A note that these post are now out if sequence.
I plan to post a few more highlights of the trip and then maybe a long final tie in piece to wrap it up
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Police were able to take a suspect into custody and recover the bat. The vandal somehow took the bat from the statue, leaving the rest in tact.
Reports say that Mariner officials are in touch with the artist to find out if a seamless repair can be made.
The statue honors the Mariner Hall Of Fame centerfielder, who is credited to saving baseball in Seattle and is considered one of the best to ever play the game.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Another picture from B. Barer And Sons. My dad poses near where the oxygen filling plant would soon be built. This picture was taped in my dad's office. A clean up in his and Jean's condo recovered many historical artifacts. Jean, whom he married in 2000, died earlier this year. My Dad passed way in 2016.
Monday, October 16, 2017
We went to the pumpkin patch at Thomasson Family Farm between Black Diamond and Enumclaw. On the way out, we took the picture above. We had lunch at Mint Ale House in charming downtown Enumclaw, then finished the drive with a stop at Rock Ridge Market.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Although the show is generally light hearted, they don't avoid serious topics.
Still it was shocking a couple nights ago when O'Neill launch into a very soul baring speech about what he referred to as a family secret. He was talking about what he said was mental health issues that run in his family, possibly something that involves himself. I had never, in my decades of listening to radio of all kinds, heard an announcer speak so personally. It was rather refreshing to hear what sounded as unrehearsed honesty in this day in age on the radio. You can read O'Neill's speech by clicking here.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
Once again, SNL showed it's expertise on integrating tragedy into a comedy show. Jason Aldean was on stage during the Las Vegas shooting. He also tied in the death of Tom Petty with his choice of song.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
When I started watching sports, this was one of the nation's premier sports venues. Now, its the temporary home for the recently returned LA Rams.
The Seahawks are playing the Rams there this weekend.
Friday, October 06, 2017
Levy had been known for off color comments about women and his show for years ran a contest based on rating woman, however, his "gloves off" opinions on sports related topics is what attracted and angered many listeners.
After Levy's arrest was made public, the show continued without him. Show "bumpers" would say his name, but his co-host, the more subdued Dick Fain took on Mitch's duties.
Levy's announcement and apology came following a court appearance Thursday where he entered an "Alford Plea". Levy received a deferred sentence, 24 months of probation, and according to court records, entered a 10 week men's accountability program for buyers of sex and paid 1,974 dollars in court costs.
Miller was instrumental in the rehabilitation of the Pike Place Market, building housing for the poor and the P-Patch garden program when he was city councilman. Miller was living in California at the time of his death.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
In memory of Tom Petty, this is my favorite Petty effort. Here with Stevie Nick in what may be the top rock duet of all time.
Monday, October 02, 2017
His duet with Stevie Nicks, "Stop Draggin My Heart Around" became an almost instant rock classic. Petty hailed from Gainesville, Florida. He was 66.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Hall is said to have raised over one billion dollars for charity in his lifetime. His daughter said he never refused an autograph.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hefner, was known for always wearing Pajamas and being surrounded by beautiful women, well into his Senior years.
He was scorned on the Right by religious figures for the nudity in his magazines and by the Left for what was felt to be exploitation of women.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
My Uncle Arny (my dad's brother) guessed that it may have been Scotty Cook, who my dad wrote about in his blog years ago. Eveland wrote a little about what she learned about Scotty and mentioned my dad and Uncle Arny in a recent edition of her feature column "Etcetera".
Saturday, September 23, 2017
According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Vedder had won 11 Regional TV Emmys and 7 Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in reporting. Vedder had been with the station for 21 years. The suit was filed in King County Superior court and names KOMO TV (incorportated as Sinclair Media of Seattle) and the news director.