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Last updated 11/19/2018 at Noon

I’ve been thinking about several unrelated events of the past weekend.

First, I write this on Veterans Day, grateful for those who have served their country, my country. Patriotism and self-sacrifice shape those who serve, and I feel humbled by their service. I hope that our country’s treatment of its veterans continues to improve.

Everyone who serves should be able to count on coming home to prompt, high-quality medical/emotional care, with a minimum of obstacles.

Our country never should tolerate homelessness or unemployment for veterans, who need to return knowing they will find affordable housing and civilian employment.

Also, their families need access to services to help them adjust to what often must feel like beginning an entirely new life together.

Another thing I’m thinking about is the terrible wildfire situation in California. Fire season ended, right?

And suddenly, a terrible firestorm – and then another, and another – bringing destruction and an increasing death toll to California. I am thankful for dedicated firefighters working in dangerous conditions to do all they can to stop the fires and save people and properties.

When the Seahawks played in L.A. on Sunday, I thought frequently about the L.A. players and staff and how much they had on their minds besides football. I applauded the choice their young coach made to cancel their entire practice on Friday and to have them spend minimal time together on Saturday.

Obviously, the athletes had other things to consider. Yes, I was upset when the Seahawks lost – again. I couldn’t help but think it was a good day for a Rams win, though, while wildfire raged in their state, even threatening some of their own homes and neighborhoods.

My activities last Saturday included attending a birthday party for a wonderful cousin. My cousin always has been smart, funny, compassionate, creative, loyal … I could go on. She and I have shared some great travel experiences and deep conversations.

The thing is that this birthday party, attended by an assortment of friends and relatives, took place in the comfortable dining room of the attractive licensed-care facility where my cousin lives since suffering strokes.

She has her own room, with her colorful quilts, favorite photographs – and her Seahawks “12s” gear! She enjoys visiting with friends and family, and loves the owners and staff who care for her at Ella Care in Lynnwood.

No, my cousin’s life is not the life she, or any of us, would choose, but as her sister and I agreed on Saturday, it is a blessing to know that someone we love is treated with such respect and affection, and every time we visit Ella Care, we are treated the same way.

On another topic, a friend shopped last weekend at WinCo Foods, at 220th and Highway 99. Arriving home with her groceries, she immediately realized that she no longer had her purse. Quickly returning to the store, she described the purse and inquired whether anyone had turned it in.

Yes! My friend opened her wallet and immediately saw her driver’s license, insurance and credit cards – and her cash. Not one item in her purse had been disturbed. The customer service person said a man had turned in the purse, anonymously, so my friend had no way to thank him.

Her experience reminded her, and me, that there always are people choosing to do the right thing, during times when we hear all too often about people choosing to do the wrong thing.


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