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”

Why Obliteride and Fred Hutch?

It’s been over nine years since I started working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, or as we like to call it “Fred Hutch” or just “The Hutch”. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center was established in 1975 by Dr. William Hutchinson in honor of his brother, Fred, who died of lung cancer inContinue reading “Why Obliteride and Fred Hutch?”

TEDx is Coming to Back to Seattle

We thoroughly enjoyed TEDx Rainier last year, held at the University of Washington in Seattle. We had such a enriching experience there last year watching great talks from Rick Steves, David Horsey, and others along with our Seattle GiveCamp friends Felice and Glenna. Well, we just signed up again and, if you live in the Seattle area, IContinue reading “TEDx is Coming to Back to Seattle”