I woke up this morning on February 21, 2020 and first thanked God for being alive after which I realized it was my 85th birthday. I am amazed how fast these years seem to have gone by. Harry Chapin wrote the wonderful song "All My Life's A Circle" with the lyrics:
All my life's a circle;
But I can't tell you why;
Season's spinning round again;
The years keep rollin' by.
I was born at the Anacortes hospital on this day in 1935. My sister Phyllis, now deceased, and my sister Anita preceded me. I had a wonderful childhood in Anacortes at a time when children
enjoyed the summer without being committed to daily activities. I attended Anacortes high school with a total of about 350 students, so it wasn't a complicated nor a challenging experience attending high school. It was fun and everyone knew everyone else. After attending the University of Washington and St. Martins University I was fortunate to find my way to Gonzaga law school. I've been blessed as a trial lawyer and in my personal life. The last 40 years of my life have been spent with my wife and law partner, Lita Barnett. I have eight children I'm extremely proud of for their many accomplishments. Aside from for metal joints and a large variety of medical issues it's been a good life. As Jimmy Buffett expresses it in his song "He Went to Paris"
Through eighty-six years of perpetual motion
If he likes you he'll smile, and he'll say,
"Jimmy, some of it's magic, some of it's tragic
But I had a good life all of the way."