Say No to Commercial Air Tours over Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park

I love the national parks, and I agree that they are America’s Best Idea. I greatly appreciate the tough but wonderful job that the National Park Service does. It pains me to hear of the current proposal to start commercial overflights of Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and other parks. Planes and helicoptersContinue reading “Say No to Commercial Air Tours over Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park”

Comment on Kitsap Growth Management Plan by June 25

Make your voice heard about the importance of attending tochanging climate conditions and prioritizing the environmentwhen addressing growth in Kitsap.  The Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC) is currently updating the framework for growth management in Kitsap County. These policies relate to urban growth, rural land use, development patterns, public facilities, transportation, housing and more. They involve collaborationContinue reading “Comment on Kitsap Growth Management Plan by June 25”

Engaging for a Liveable Kitsap

This letter regarding development in Kitsap County, WA, and the need for people to engage to fight unrestricted development was printed and posted in the Kitsap Sun as Michael Maddox, Letter, “Get involved to ensure we have a liveable Kitsap County,” Kitsap Sun, 11 June 2021 Print; 10 June 2021 Web Get involved to ensureContinue reading “Engaging for a Liveable Kitsap”

Layers of Time Lived Through Travel and History: Nez Perce, Naples, and Okinawa

Travel Journal, 2021-05-19, Lewiston, ID My wife and I recently toured the Nez Perce Reservation, east of Lewiston, Idaho. Here, members of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery passed through in 1805, Nez Perce Indians (they call themselves Nimiipuu) have lived for thousands of years, and mammoths once foraged, more than 10,000 years ago.

Writing, like praying, is nice.

Wherever I’m at, and whatever situation I’m in—beautiful places, not so nice places—I can write about them and explore my thoughts. It’s a bit like praying. My thoughts and being are always wherever I am. Likewise, God is always here and everywhere, including when I look at the sunrise or when falling asleep in myContinue reading “Writing, like praying, is nice.”

God Made Birdsong for Human Souls

“The initial step for a soul to come to a knowledge of God is contemplation of nature.” —Irenaeus (120-202 AD) [Quoted in “Teachings on Creation through the Ages,” The Green Bible, I-98.] God made birdsong for human souls. Yes, birds twitter, chirp, and hoot in a symphony of life (as I appreciated during a recentContinue reading “God Made Birdsong for Human Souls”

Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses

Senator Christine Rolfes, the Washington State 23rd Legislative District representative and the Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, reported in her 27 April 2021 e-newsletter on the hard work that the state legislature did this session to support people, the environment, and businesses during these Covid times. She reported on national and stateContinue reading “Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses”