11
March
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Local man packs up amazing shop

Before we can begin the big American adventure, local man must pack up the coolest workshop on Mercer Island. Also known among other locals as the Garage Mahal, the workshop is the birthplace of many anthropomorphic robots, several pieces of fine furniture and countless home fix-it projects. And it’s been a beloved hangout for the […]

27
February
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The Airstream diaspora

At the moment, when you search “Airstream blog”, you get 5,970 results! That amazes me. Assuming only 1% of Airstream owners actually blog about it, that’s a lot of Airstream lovers. That’s enough to justify the many “best Airstream blog” articles – which to be sure are mostly just a good way to help out […]

25
February
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To have and to hold on to

About 20 years ago, together with my siblings and various nephews, I helped my mom empty my grandma’s house after she died. Sad as we were to lose Gene, she was about 93, and she was one of those people about whom you said: she didn’t have an easy life, but she had a great life. […]

26
January
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Ferris Bueller, Philosopher

Having spent more of my time working in the last 35 years than almost anything else, the prospect of not working is weird, daunting, a bit surreal. I’m trying to hold two opposing ideas in my head at the same time: I’m about to quit a great job, in a happening market space, with a […]

26
January
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Now for the hard part

The last of the holiday-visiting relatives have left (so sad), the leftovers are eaten (so full), the tree is down (so dropping needles), the new year has arrived (so foggy). So, no more excuses. Time to get serious about the packing, the fixing, the cleaning, and the organizing. So many decisions: Pods or storage locker? […]

30
December
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Family and food

Normally, I have a snotty, full-of-myself, nose-looking-down for chicken soup for the soul cliches. But sometimes the sentimental cliches feel just exactly right for the occasion. In this case, the occasion being Thanksgiving, my 6-year-old niece suggested we go around the table and say what we’re thankful for — and she immediately claimed the two […]

17
November
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Tick, tick, tick…

The countdown clock is ticking. I’m waking up with partially formed lists in my head. With about 4 months left before we put our house on the market, how on earth to budget my time to do all the rest of the sorting, packing, decisions on keeping, giving away, and getting rid of 26 years worth […]