Embrace change, or limited to the sum of your parts?


January 27, 2022

Mark Woytowich

Viewing nook at West Olympia's Randall Preserve, looking across Eld Inlet to U.S. Highway 101 in distance. Near here a reconnaissance team of Captain George Vancouver's camped beside a tribal village in May, 1792.

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Start fresh. Follow through on your dreams."

That message greets me at the front door. The words are printed on a thin strip of white paper taped beside the county sheriff's notice of eviction. The "ee-vict," as they like to call it in the landlord business, shows a date just short of Thanksgiving to be vacated by order of law.

My friend Chuck, who is paying me to help him clear out the house, did not notice the ironic placement of that message. I suppose he was too busy touring the place and its immense, 1-acre yard, his mind converting a l...

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