Category Archives: Advice

Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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22 Things Happy People Do Differently

These are from this article:

1. Don’t hold grudges

2. Treat everyone with kindness

3. See problems as challenges

4. Express gratitude for what they already have

5. Dream big

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff

7. Speak well of others

8. Never make excuses

9. Get absorbed into the present

10. Wake up at the same time every morning

11. Avoid social comparison

12. Choose friends wisely

13. Never seek approval from others

14. Take the time to listen

15. Nurture social relationships

16. Meditate

17. Eat well

18. Exercise

19. Live minimally

20. Tell the truth

21. Establish personal control

22. Accept what cannot be changed

Read the article. It goes into greater depth and detail.

The Secret to Happiness

One of my all-time favorite TED talks. Well worth the time.

Advice for what to see/do in Seattle and Puget Sound

I get asked frequently by folks who are going to visit Seattle what they should go see. So I thought I would put a list together for future reference. This list is applicable for visitors, honeymooners, etc. If you have suggestions – please add as a comment.

A lot of this depends on what kind of sightseeing they want to do. Some people like to see city sites and highlights. Others want to see beautiful countryside scenery. Others just want to be in one area while others want to see many, many things.  Here are several options:

Seeing the city of Seattle:
– Stay in downtown Seattle
– Visit the Spaceneedle, Pacific Science Center, visit EMP (Experience Music Project), and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center that are all at the same location
– Try several good restaurants that are abundant in Seattle
– Pike Place Market. (In addition to the seafood store go see the “gum” wall)
– Take a ferry (from near Pike Place Market) to one of several different places and then ride it back. Beautiful scenery
– Ride the Duck boats for a tour of Seattle
– Go on the Underground Tour (funny, funny)
– Walk along the waterfront – just below Pike Place Market. Eat fish and chips at Ivars on the waterfront
– Ferris Wheel on the waterfront
– There are various plays, musicals and concerts (5th Avenue Theater, Paramount Theater, etc.)
– Seattle Aquarium
– You can do all of the above without a rental car. Plus Seattle has a pretty good bus system. And the Link Light Rail system works well for connecting downtown Seattle to the airport.
– One way to see many of the Seattle sites which is less expensive than buying them individually is the buy the Seattle CityPass – Link
– Also from Seattle you can take the Victoria Clipper that will take you to Victoria, BC
– 10 free things to do in Seattle – Link

Seeing the sites around the Puget Sound area:
– Take a ferry. Recommend going via the San Juans
– Drive out to Snoqualmie Falls
– Just drive all around the Sound – including islands such as Whidbey, Vashon, Bainbridge, etc.
– Go to the Ballard Locks just in North Seattle
– Archie McPhee Novelty store
– Drive up to Everett and go on the Boeing Everett Factory tour
– Go to the Museum of Flight just south of Seattle
– Drive up to Mt Rainier and take a hike
– Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo
– Pt. Defiance Zoo in Tacoma
– LeMay Car Musem in Tacoma
– Museum of Glass in Tacoma
– Drive way up north and east through the mountain passes on Hwy 2. Keep going to Leavenworth – a nice “Bavarian/German” town.
– Mt. Rainier Scenic Train ride in Elbe
– View the beautiful tulip fields in the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – usually in April each year
– Great Wolf Lodge (Family indoor waterpark)
– Northwest Trek
– Remlinger Farms

Seeing things over on the Olympic Peninsula:
– Olympic game farm. Feed exotic animals from your car as you drive through
– Tour the Navy vessels at Bremerton. The aircraft carrier graveyard at Bremerton. If you have any interest in any navy-related things – they have quite a few things like museums, etc.
– Lots of pretty driving on Olympic Peninsula
– Visit Forks (if they are in to Twilight books)
– Visit the Hoh Rain Forest (very cool)
– Go camping at Kalaloch National Campground. Reservations required. This is where our family goes camping most summers.
– Drive up to Hurricane Ridge
– From Port Angeles you can take a ferry (either with a car or without) to Victoria and back
– Go to the Washington beaches. Most people go to the Ocean Shores area. We prefer going to Westport.
– Go deepsea fishing out of Westport
– Cape Flattery Lighthouse near Neah Bay. This is the most northwest point of the Continental U.S. – one of the four “corners” of the U.S. It’s a bit of a drive (a couple of hours from Port Angeles), but a beautiful part of the U.S. There is also deep-sea fishing out of Neah Bay.

For a very, quiet but picturesque place to go is in the San Juan Islands. Great place for a honeymoon or anniversary.

Or – one of the best recommendations is just go to Victoria, BC for a couple of days. Nice, quaint town with British feel to it. Definitely visit Butchart Gardens while there.

Additionally – the Seattle Times has their Top 10 Attractions:

  • Pike Place Market
  • Space Needle
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Washington State Ferries
  • Museum of History & Industry
  • Downtown Waterfront
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Chinatown International District
  • Ballard Locks
  • Boeing Tour

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Benjamin Franklin

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

But, ah, think what you do when you run in debt: you give another power over your liberty.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power.

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

Amusing commencement address by Garry Marshall

He is one of my all time favorite producers/directors/writers/actors.

This is a very good commencement address talking about ‘stick-to-itive-ness’

Things I learned as a Mormon Bishop

Editor: I hope readers of this blog will take these observations with the purpose they were intended — To help members in their own lives and also to help them understand some things from a Mormon Bishop’s perspective.

For those who are not LDS (Latter-day Saints) aka Mormons and read this – here is some background information at the following link about what is a Mormon Bishop, what they do, what are some of their responsibilities, etc.: Mormon Bishop.  Bishops have regular full-time jobs/professions. Serving as a Bishop usually requires a weekly time commitment of 20-30 hours per week – sometimes even more than that. Usually Bishops serve several years – a very common time length is about 5 years. They are not paid by the Church or congregation so the sacrifice required and expected is very, very significant. This service is given very willingly at great personal and family sacrifice. Bishops willingly do this because of the love they have for the Lord, for the love and charity they have for Gods children and for doing what is asked. Being a Bishop can be very stressful, demanding, tiring, never-ending, etc. But it is very rewarding in the feelings you get while helping and serving others and the unique position you are in to help change peoples lives.

The following is from a talk I gave upon my release as a Bishop over a decade ago. I served for almost 5 years for a Ward (congregation) of 400+ members with average Sunday attendance of 200+.

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The Death of Pretty

Well done article talking about how society has pushed “pretty” aside in favor of “hot”.

“Young women today do not seem to aspire to pretty, they prefer to be regarded as hot. Hotness is something altogether different.  When women want to be hot instead of pretty, they must view themselves in a certain way and consequently men view them differently as well.”

“As I said, pretty inspires men’s nobler instincts to protect and defend.  Pretty is cherished. Hotness, on the other hand, is a commodity.  Its value is temporary and must be used.  It is a consumable.”

The Ten Cannots

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

Rev. William John Henry Boetcker, 1916

Top 10 Job Searching Tips


  1. Call Recruiters. It just makes sense to have others looking to find employment for you. Two (or more) heads are better than one.
  2. Job search websites are your friend. Use Monster, Careerbuilder, Yahoohotjobs, indeed, simplyhired, Dice (for IT jobs) and any others you can find.
  3. Update your online profiles weekly to keep your resume fresh and to show up on more employer searches.
  4. If you are currently unemployed, spend as much time looking for a job as you would working at one (40 hrs.). It is your job to look for a job.
  5. Make sure your resume looks sharp, and has no spelling errors. Spelling errors will sink you quickly!
  6. Network! Get in contact with all your friends, family and co-workers to see if their companies are hiring, or if they know of any open positions in their industries.
  7. Look professional and speak professionally. First impressions are everything.
  8. Never be late to interviews, work, meetings, or anything.
  9. Follow up after interviews and when you submit your resume. Don’t be overbearing, but let them know you are interested.
  10. Don’t be discouraged. Always remain positive especially in professional settings.


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