What My Dad Taught Me

I last spoke to my father on Thursday, October 5, 2017. For the previous five years or so, we had spoken to each other nearly every Thursday while I drove home from work on my long commute. The last thing I said to him was, "I'll talk to you next week." "Okay," he said, and …

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Vancouver! This Is It!: May 18th In My Memory

For many years, May 18 has held a certain distinction for me. On that date in 1980, I was in the second grade at Clear Lake Elementary School on Wheatland Road in what is now Keizer, Oregon. Sadly, the school has since changed locations and buildings, so I must admit a little part of me …