Eco-Summit on the Ridge

For several months now, I have been helping to plan an in-person community summit on Climate Change in Seattle. If you are local to the Seattle area, I hope you can join us on April 23rd at the Greenwood Senior Center in Seattle. Event Info and Registration The purpose of this Summit is to bringContinue reading “Eco-Summit on the Ridge”

Liberty vs. Responsibility

When I started my first job out of graduate school, I remember thinking that I had finally arrived at adulthood. I had a great job, a healthy salary, and no more classes. I recall at the time, realizing that I could now do almost anything I wanted because I was no longer a poor gradContinue reading “Liberty vs. Responsibility”

Making that Low-Carbon Resolution Stick

During January, I shared with you my four low carbon footprint resolution ideas: eat more plants, use less energy, buy less stuff, and talk and advocate for change. I often think about this column when I run. And this past Saturday I was on a long run on Cougar Mountain while I listened to oneContinue reading “Making that Low-Carbon Resolution Stick”

Lockdown, A Poem for the Pandemic

Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan monk living in Ireland, wrote a poem entitled “lockdown” and posted it to Facebook on March 13th. I was so touched by it, I wanted to share it here:  Yes there is fear.Yes there is isolation.Yes there is panic buying.Yes there is sickness.Yes there is even death.But,They say thatContinue reading “Lockdown, A Poem for the Pandemic”

Why Drawdown?

In a prior post, I introduced Project Drawdown and the Drawdown book, edited by Paul Hawken. Drawdown represents a carefully researched and curated list of the top 100 “climate solutions that had the greatest potential to reduce emissions or sequester carbon from the atmosphere.” Many feel that in order to avert climate disaster, the bigContinue reading “Why Drawdown?”

Project Drawdown

Many people and many organizations are working in the climate change space. At St John the Evangelist catholic church in Seattle, my wife, Suzanna, and I formed the Saint Francis of Assisi ministry about a year ago to create a group to discuss, educate, and act on this crisis. We have also reached out and,Continue reading “Project Drawdown”

Double Dipping

So the reality of my late summer athletic commitments has finally settled in. I’m training for both a September marathon (the tiny Tunnel Lite marathon) and the August 50-mile cancer fund-raising bike ride (Obliteride). What this means… I need to run five days a week including one long run on Saturday and one hill orContinue reading “Double Dipping”

Fred and William Hutchinson

As you may have read, I am riding in a cycling event, Obliteride, that is a fund-raised for the cancer institute where I also work and have worked for the past 9+ years, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. What, you ask? Why is the place you work named Fred Hutchinson and what does that haveContinue reading “Fred and William Hutchinson”

Cancer Gets Personal

It seems like not too long ago when I didn’t know anyone with cancer and then it seemed to hit, like summer here in Seattle…One day it’s 50 degrees and raining, and the next, boom, it’s hot and sticky summer weather. All of a sudden all around us, just like, for me, cancer. In 2011Continue reading “Cancer Gets Personal”