Our Bird’s-eye View

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In our neighborhood and beyond, we see the evidence of gardens being planted this time of year. Garden gloves tossed aside in someone’s haste to move on to the next patch, neat rows of mounded soil where beans and young tomato plants have been started, and lively spots of color popped in the ground in [...]

By | 2018-06-04T09:45:52+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on Nutrients

All Things Digital

May Day has just passed. Does anyone still celebrate this holiday by putting flowers on their neighbor’s doorstep, ringing the bell, and running away before they open the door? On the same day that some were celebrating this ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and traditional spring holiday, I attended a Webinar set very much in our [...]

By | 2018-05-05T09:57:30+00:00 May 5th, 2018|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on All Things Digital

Passing Over

No, we are not talking about crossing over, seeing the light, or any other euphemism for experiencing death. Quite the opposite actually. We’re talking about animals passing over I-90 on a purpose built overpass. Scheduled to finish in fall 2019, it will allow larger animals, like elk, continue on their way uninjured by traffic, and [...]

By | 2018-03-05T09:28:41+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on Passing Over

Top Ten Places to Retire

One way we keep abreast of what’s happening in the Financial Planning world is by subscribing to industry-specific forums. Something must have been in the air because in early January a number of them linked to Forbes’ annual update of the Ten Best Places to Retire Abroad. Ironically, I recently took a vacation – and [...]

By | 2018-02-06T10:35:57+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on Top Ten Places to Retire

Quiet Ambition

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about The Best Architecture of 2017: Buildings of Quiet Ambition. The use of new technology and a focus on creating a better world made each of the designs stand out from the norm. While we’re still hanging out for the day when putting environment and [...]

By | 2018-01-04T22:13:27+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on Quiet Ambition

Light & Laughter

At White Raven Financial, we often talk about helping you along your life’s journey. I recently listened to philosopher Alan Watts talk about Why Your Life is not a Journey. He describes life as a piece of music, a dance, a playful thing – “You play the piano, you don’t work the piano. . . [...]

By | 2017-12-07T12:57:12+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on Light & Laughter

A Walk in the Woods

I recently learned that we have eleven places in the U.S. that are permanent fly-free zones. While many of the areas are off limits for safety and security reasons, as you’d suspect, there are also some other more surprising no-fly zones. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a million acres of pure, stunning, quiet nature [...]

By | 2017-11-06T09:57:41+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on A Walk in the Woods

Improving the Details

Watching the Mariners play at Safeco, your (grand)children playing little league, memories of watching or listening to a big game with your parents when you were young – baseball has been a little (or lot!) part of our lives. Growing up, I have fond memories of my father always turning on the radio when the [...]

By | 2017-10-03T09:16:21+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on Improving the Details


If you have had a chance to meander around the Stump Farm while visiting the White Raven Financial office, you may have noticed the Forest Stewardship sign. Some years ago, Mike and I had the opportunity to attend an excellent Washington State University extension course on Forest Stewardship Coached Planning. The course helped us to [...]

By | 2017-09-05T01:06:18+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Our Bird's-eye View|Comments Off on Relationships