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…