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  • Two Poems: Friendship and Life's Dance
  • Vignette this Month: Remembering the Slave Trade
  • Recommendations


    Sunset over Puget Sound, Seattle

    Opening Comments from Bob

This Issue: This issue is Part 2 of my recent trip to the Northwest including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The focus this month is on Washington. The two poems, Friendship and Life's Dance, focus on more serious ideas. The vignette speaks about race and was edited from our church bulletin.

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Astoria Bridge, crossing over from Oregon to Washington

.Two Poems


The journey takes us
      on roads well-traveled
      and some far less.
We meet hundreds,
      even thousands.
Among those are the select;
      the ones we bond for a lifetime.
The ones we cherish
      until our time is no more.

Comment: None needed.





Life's Dance

Throughout the night
      the two dance and frolic
      with not a care for the morrow.
But alas, the dawn arrives
      and the eyes open.
The dream ends
      for another night.

Perhaps life
      remains the real dream.
One’s never sure
      whether awake or asleep.
Each can only wish
      that the nightmares be few
      and the dance prolific.

Comment: Are you asleep or awake?

The trip was privileged by visiting two sets of friends. We visited David and Renate at their new home in Washington.


Ed, a former college roommate and highly respected professor, and Ellen, his wife and dearest friend of many years, served as our hosts while visiting Seattle.


Enjoying rafting in the Cascade Mountains.

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Above more floral beauty at Seattle Pacific

Vignette this Month: Remembering the Slave Trade and Its Abolishment

(The below was part of the weekly bulletin at church on August 14. For most, this date passed with no fanfare by most Americans. I found the content of the bulletin fascinating as I was unaware of many of these facts. I decided to share the content with my readers.)

This date was chosen as a reminder that slaves were the principal agents of their own liberation when they caused an uprising from August 22-23, 1791, in Santo Domingo (today's Haiti and the Dominican Republic), which played a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

The transatlantic slave trade was the trade of African slaves by Europeans that occurred in and around the Atlantic Ocean. It lasted from the 15-19th century. Most slaves were shipped from West Africa and Central Africa and taken to the New World. Some slaves were captured through raids and kidnapping, although most were obtained through coastal trading. Most contemporary historians estimate that between 9.4 and 12 million Africans arrived in the New World, although the number of people taken from their homestead is considerably higher. Some estimates cited numbers as high as 25 to 40 million. Slaves were one element of a three-part economic cycle-the Triangular Trade and its Middle Passage-which ultimately involved four continents, four centuries and millions of people.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was intended to inscribe the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade in the memory of all peoples.

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Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet in Bremerton, WA: This beautifully located restaurant offers delicious seafood at moderate prices. The view is great.


While visiting world-famous Pike's Place Market in Seattle, look into the original Starbuck's. No need to enter as the coffee tastes the same as in Park City, UT.


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A closer look at the fun tradition of throwing the fish at the fish markets.

Relaxing during break along the marina park near Pike Place Market


One of the many ubiquitious marinas

Long Beach, WA: An almost endless beach (really 23 miles). One of the longest continuous beaches in the world.



View of Mt. Ranier as we were leaving Washington (Picture also appeared in last month's issue.)

Final view of southeastern Washington


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