Forward thinking: Where did all the time go?

I was a sophomore in high school… My parents had taken me to a specialist in Amarillo, Texas to have my eyes examined. I was excited about the prospects of getting some new glasses. While in the process of getting my eyes examined, the doctor casually asked, “Loren, what kind of glasses would you like…

Forward thinking: Resolutions versus intentions

The year 2017 is approaching at breakneck speed… Once again, I have been reminded by a dear, dear friend that it is time to be working on next year’s “intentions” – note I did not use the phrase “New Year Resolutions.” Several years ago, I recall asking her why she used the word “intentions” rather…

Forward thinking: Right on, Max! The value of ‘sacrifice’

SACRIFICE. It’s is not a particularly common word in our vocabulary. Frankly, it is an idea that you seldom hear or talk about today. Yet, it is a major reason why the United States became a free and prosperous nation. America was founded on sacrifice. The question naturally arises as to what the word “sacrifice” means….

Forward thinking: A date which will live in infamy

Sunday, December 7, 1941… It began as a serene morning at the US Navy base on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The warships of America’s Pacific Fleet rested at anchor. Many of the sailors were preparing to attend church services. Others were still sleeping or just relaxing. All was quite at Pearl Harbor. At…

Forward thinking: Mr. President, please pardon the turkey

Mashed potatoes and gravy… savory stuffing… yams… cranberry sauce… vegetables and salad… hot buttered rolls… pumpkin pie with whipped cream. All are staples of a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Did I leave anything out? Yes, you guessed it – a roasted turkey! A Thanksgiving meal without turkey is almost unthinkable–at least in my family. That brings…

Forward thinking: Thank you, veterans

In the early morning hours of Nov. 11, 1918, World War I was ended with the signing of a preliminary truce in France. The cease fire took effect at 11 a.m. that day – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. After four long years of the most horrific fighting the…

Forward thinking: Are you in?

Oct. 27 was a special evening. I had the good fortune of attending the final session of the 2016 Lynnwood University.  The highlight of the evening was watching as over 40 graduates received their certificates of graduation following brief comments by the members of the City Council. The graduating class was quite diverse in a variety of…

Forward thinking: To vote, or not to vote

“An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; A mud bath for every soul concerned in it.” –George Bernard Shaw Considering some elections in American History – many would point to this current election season in particular – Shaw’s comment is hardly hyperbole. And never have I encountered…

Forward thinking: Handling victory and defeat in politics

The 2016 Voters’ Pamphlet arrived in the mail… My first reaction was one of surprise. It was thick enough to remind me of a Sunday edition of The Seattle Times – all 191 pages. In fact, I had a difficult time getting it out of my mail box. A quick review of the contents revealed…

Forward thinking: A special kind of democracy

Allow me to begin by stating the obvious. Our nation is in the midst of a political tsunami. For months on end, we have been inundated with political talk around the clock. We read it in our newspapers . . . hear it on radio talk shows . . . and watch it on TV….

Forward thinking: On Constitution Day, reflections on our remarkable government

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”   United States                                                                        Declaration of Independence The hundred-day debate known as the Constitutional Convention was one of the most…

Forward thinking: ‘You can’t fight City Hall’

Having served on the Lynnwood City Council for 16 years, I had my fair share of face-to-face conversations, phone calls plus chance encounters at local establishments. I talked with hundreds of our residents over the years. However, I confess that to this day, I cringe when I’m told or overhear the statement “YOU CAN’T FIGHT…

Forward thinking: In consideration of Labor Day 2016

For millions of Americans, Labor Day is the last chance to go on trips before the summer ends. Sports-minded souls are excited for the beginning of football season on or around Labor Day, and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend. In some cases, families and friends gather for…

Forward thinking: On making and maintaining friends

Earlier this year, I celebrated yet another birthday. The good news is that I don’t feel particularly older nor do I view myself as being older. However, I confess that this particular birthday had an impact on me like no other. It proved to be a reminder that I was at least starting down the…

Forward thinking: On the power of words

Words, words and more words… All of us are inundated with words every hour of the day, every day of the week. We listen to the spoken word over the radio or TV programming. We read the written word in newspapers, books and magazines. The list is virtually endless. If that is not enough, we…

Forward thinking: The gift of encouragement

His name was Joseph.  He is one of those little known personalities in the Bible that developed a reputation for helping the apostles. In fact, the apostles called him Barnabas (pronounced BAR-nah-bus) which means “one who encourages.” And even though there are very limited references to him in the Scriptures, each one depicts him helping and…

Forward thinking: On being informed and involved

The decision had been made . . . I had decided to run for City Council.  My decision had been months in the making.  There had been conversations galore. I had shared my thoughts with family, friends and business associates. The feedback I had received was very positive – go for it. It was then…

Forward thinking: How a 240-year-old motto is still relevant today

Another of our national holidays is just around the corner. I’m referring to our 240th anniversary celebration of Independence Day. Yes, July Fourth is here again. My guess is you have your own memories of how your family and friends celebrated that hot, summer holiday in years past. As a kid growing up, many Independence Days…