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Books on my To Do List

You’ve seen the books stacked next to my bed. I read constantly, but the stacks never seem to diminish. Maybe because I have an addiction – I buy books faster than I can read them.

Here are some of the new acquisitions to my “read me” stacks:


They all look so good, I don’t know where to start.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Books, Cultural, Detective/Mystery, ExPat Life, Seattle, Shopping | , | 15 Comments

Happy Birthday, Law and Order Man

Thrills change as life goes on. We had a big thrill this week. We got a call from our son, a felony prosecutor, and we could tell from the second we answered the phone that he was happy, more than happy. You don’t hear this kind of happy all that often – it’s exaltation. It’s the call when he met “the ONE,” the look on his face when he graduated from law school, the sound of his voice when he snagged the exact job he wanted – prosecutor – in his field, his joy on the day he was married, and now, putting a bad guy away.

He just won a major case. You would think that this is a common occurrence, but it isn’t necessarily. The police have to gather the right evidence, the chain of custody has to be flawless, your witnesses have to be strong . . . one time, for example, his prime witness against the accused got on the stand and said SHE did it, not the gal she was supposed to be testifying against. She changed her story. Our son thinks they may have been watching Law and Order, or something, and figured out how to screw with the court.

This time, though, he had a major win, and put a bad man away for a long time. Every now and then, you get that exhilarated feeling that you are doing exactly what you are created to do – and we could hear it in his voice.

Thanks be to God. As parents, all you want is for your children to find their happiness, to find the purpose for which they were created, to find a good mate/partner to walk through life with. We don’t wish our children a life without struggles – struggles help you become who you are meant to be. Struggles are normal. Oh, how we dance with joy when you struggle and you prevail. We are dancing for joy for you, son.

Happy Birthday, dear son. We wish you a year full of wonderful new experiences.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Communication, Crime, Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Generational, Spiritual | 10 Comments

Emmet Watson’s

There was a crusty old journalist/columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named Emmet Watson, who loved good food. He opened his own little place, hidden down in the Pike Place Market, back behind a lot of other shops. It even has a small outdoor eating area for the summer months. If you want some of Seattle’s best, most authentic northwest seafood, this is where you head. He isn’t around anymore, but his small restaurant still is, and worth a trip to the market.

Emmet Watson article:

Interior of restaurant:

Hand written menu on brown paper bag:

Captain’s seafood basket:


December 3, 2007 Posted by | Adventure, Community, Cooking, Cultural, Eating Out, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Seattle | 4 Comments