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The seals are barking and morning is a long ways off. They started about the same time the cover band next door stopped playing Jimi Hendrix ‘Changes” followed by Average White Band’s “Play that Funky Music White Boy”

In the hands of a skilled carpenter/cabinetmaker, the antique dresser was suddenly not a piece of junk. Fortunately I had called to see whether or not the tall boy with the scroll back and tiny old-fashioned wheels could be repaired or just needed to be thrown out.

Who knows why suddenly the tide turns and good things, blessing after blessing, start to happen? Some theorize it’s when we’ve learned our lessons, others think it’s when God is good and ready.

This next month a new series of classes “Equally Artistic” is beginning at Vashon Allied Arts for Special Needs Kids.

Birthday month: Caity will be 26. Then two weeks later Joe will be 30. Four days later Isaac turns 35 . Four days after that Chris turns 35.

The 8:00 miracle was discovering the winter schedule had gone into effect. Instead of ‘maybe gonna make it’, for the 8:40, I was checking emails waiting for an 8:55.

Saying good-bye to 2013 is such a momentous relief, such an iconic reality of courage and victory, words have seemed simultaneously inadequate and explicitly relevant. Watching it slip away brings no sense of loss. Blech….2013…what an awful year for so many.

Jolly old Jesus, lean your ear this way….   Have a Holly Jolly Jesus…    Yes, we need a little Jesus, right this very minute…

That someone on Ebay was selling a version of the Multiform Bender for $40 is kind of astounding. More startling still was finding out that Kalamazoo was buying all of JA Richards and tearing it down to develop more parks and recreation green spaces.

Clearly a memo had been sent out that Thursday was ‘Take Your Car to Work Day". ‘Clogged’ would be under descriptive to ‘show not tell’ about the roadways. North, South, East, West, every car was in lock step with overflow.

He stands in the doorway holding a plastic owl with absolutely no expression on his face and an explosion of laughter that immediately brings me to tears causing me to clutch the pillow on my right side as tightly as possible alternately exclaiming "ouch, ouch, oh! oh!"

So last column I write about the women who trash, betray or hurt other women. The discussion picks up with the question ‘What about the other women?’ ; the women who help, nurture and lift?

he country road, dappled with splotches of sunlight that read ‘promise’,stretched out ahead. The strong energy of relief is buoyed by the excitement of anticipation.

Personal opinion... They ought to have left in the bit where Kevin Kline flips his once stolen hat up with his boot into his hand after killing the bad guy in ‘Silverado’.

Fingerling clouds rest on the peaks of the Olympics which, in the setting sun, are becoming a silhouette of themselves with each dimming second.

Three rotten rough drafts later, I aspire to ‘the hook’ of the column that began with Boris the cat throwing up on my Bible and included school menus from upstate New York.

‘’ along home and jump into bed, say your prayers and cover your head. There’s just one more thing I ask you to do; you pray for me and I’ll pray for you.’’

It seemed like a odd solution but it was worth a shot. My daughter and I wanted to watch a streamed movie over 4th of July weekend, but the borrowed iPad wasn’t cooperating and we didn’t have split earbuds.

Let me ask you first. Have you ever given your power over to someone else;the power inside you to do good? Have you ever knuckled under, stayed silent, maybe made a few excuses for someone you knew was trying to pull a fast one or take a short cut?

First the good news, then an apology, and finally an explanation.
It is possible to make Wisconsin Five Cheese Macaroni in the microwave. You just have to remember to put white paper towel or wax paper or a proper dish cover over it so the top bits don’t get too crunchy.

Summer... A week until summer. Deep contented sigh. Lots of daylight. People sharing the fun things they are doing. Birds twittering. Swimming pools. Red white and blue food with lots of greens thrown in.

You can tear the wings off a butterfly to see how it works but it will never fly again. That was one of the truths spoken to me about my life by a professor in college.

Dear Kids, -- adults you can read this if you want-- The intent of this column is for you to have something to cut out and put in your wallet for when you are feeling like you’ve made the unforgiveable screw up,