FYI Category

Let’s Get Busy


I’m not generally a very political person, but I do have a tendency to be opinionated. Lately I’ve thought I should put some actions behind my words. Nothing too extreme, just a little voicing my opinions (and really, my beliefs) in the direction of people who are paid to take action on my behalf. And […]

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Update on MCC and Indonesian Disasters


MCC Indonesia is committed to responding to disasters in both Java (volcanic eruption) and Papua (flash flood), supporting local groups who are carrying out trauma healing activities, supplying materials for rebuilding houses and providing assistance for people living in displaced people’s camps. Listen to a podcast with more details here: http://mcc.org/stories/podcasts/mcc-supports-indonesians-responding-flooding-and-volcanic-ashes MCC has committed to […]

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What’s Next?


First things first. I started a job last week (!) and I could not possibly be more pleased about it. I’m working in the communications department of a church in the U-District. Of course today I had to work from home because of the snow and ice, but still, very exciting. When I write something […]

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Embracing My Inner Domesticity


Need something delicious to do with an acorn squash? Acorn Squash Soup: Ingredients: 1 sm onion 1/4c chopped celery 2T butter or margarine 2T all-purpose flour 1tsp chicken bouillon granules 1/2tsp dill weed dash cayenne pepper 2c chicken broth 1 (12oz) can evaporated milk 3c mashed cooked acorn squash (roast at 350 degrees for 45-60min) […]

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Natural Disasters in Indonesia


Two big disasters in Indonesia have been in the news lately. First the quake/tsunami in West Sumatera, followed closely by the eruption of Mount Merapi in Java. A less widely reported disaster I only just heard about from a friend on Saturday is massive flooding in West Papua. On Monday, 4 October, a flash flood […]

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[WGF:8] Applicious


  Did you know that apples are grown in all 50 US states? While Washington is particularly known for its apples, they are actually grown commercially in 36 states (looks like just about everyone wants to be like us….). The top 9 varieties in WA, out of 7,500 grown around the world, are red delicious, […]

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The 12 Ks of Christmas


While I do love being physically active, I usually find that I need some goal to work toward to keep up my activity level. What I love, love, love is triathlons, and I’m looking forward to doing one in the nearish future! However, what with our climatic conditions here in the Pacific NW, it is […]

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[WGF:6] Apples and oranges? Mountains and pancakes.


They say that if you could hold the earth in the palm of your hand, that it would be smoother than the surface of a cue ball. That seems hard to believe, but who am I to argue? Let’s just take a moment to look at some very basic dimensions of the Earth: Highest point […]

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Free fun is the most fun


When I first got back to the PNW about two months ago, I easily filled my adventure quota (I try to keep it at around 1 adventure per day, on average). But in the past several weeks, I felt like I was having fewer awesome experiences, and yet somehow spending quite a bit more money […]

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[WGF:3] The Highest Lowest Point


I recently had the privilege of chatting with someone who spent a year serving in Lesotho. It turns out that this little anomaly of a country within a country is actually pronounced Lesutu (rhymes with tutu). I was more surprised than I would care to admit. My embarrassment faded in light of this next revelation […]

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