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New Birth Records Law Has This Adoptive Dad Feeling a Little Apprehensive – Brian’s Blog

 

Starting in July, a new law goes into effect allowing all adult Washington-born adoptees to get a copy of their original birth certificate without going through the courts. As an adoptive dad,  I'm not sure how I feel about this.

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Mount St. Helens Memories — Brian’s Blog

 

Sunday marked the 34th anniversary of the  cataclysmic May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens. To me, it does seem like it happened long ago, but some of my experiences of that day remain very fresh in my mind.

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Mighty Tieton Art Exhibition Looking for Entries

 

The 10 X 10 X 10 X Tieton juried art exhibit is looking for entries between now and the closing date of June 16.

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Finding the Motivation to Become Motivated – Brian’s Blog

 

It's hard to determine what motivates a person to either excel or just get through life each day. I'm still trying to figure that out for the most part.

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First Born Puts You First in Line For All This! — Dave’s Diary

I'm still basking in the glow of the birth of my first grandson, so indulge me in a just a couple more posts about children in general, thanks. Back in the days of the rent-a-car company commercials, Hertz bragged about being No. 1 and Avis agreed, but they claimed to be No. 2 so they tried harder!

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Be Kind To Animals Week — Every Day! — Dave’s Diary

As we say good- by to the first full week of May and thanks to our Mom’s,

we also say so long to Be Kind To Animals Week.  As family dog owner once again, I’m on point for these kinds of stories.  According to Ladies' Home Journal, 80% of dog owners and 63% of cat owners buy gifts for their pets.   9% of dog owners and 5% of cat owners actually throw birthday bashes for their pets, too.

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Another Birthday On The Horizon, No Big Deal – Brian’s Blog

 

Just a few observations as I face my 59th birthday on Thursday.

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Good Idea-May Is Volcano Preparedness Month — Dave’s Diary

I heard May was Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington State--gee, given the events of May 18th 1980 it’s no wonder why!   This year, Volcano Preparedness Month takes on new meaning with a recent scientific study confirming that Mount St. Helens remains an active volcano which is all the more reason to insure residents an opportunity to become more familiar with volcanic risk in their communities and learn about steps they can take to reduce potential impacts. 

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How You Can Help Me Achieve a Top Bucket List Item – Brians Blog

 

I just found out that one of the most famous recording studios in the world offers public tours once a year. I'm too late for this year, but it's on my radar for 2015!

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Did Mom Raise A Cheapskate? What We Spend on Mother’s Day — Dave’s Diary

What’s the price for a mother’s love?  Less than $163 and the number is going down!  Sheesh!

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