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Ranald MacDonald Japanese Rokkaku Style Kite

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  The Ranald MacDonald Japanese Rokkaku style kite made its’s aerial maiden voyage October 7 and 8, 2017 at Long Beach, Washington State during the One Sky One World International Kite Fly for Peace (held annually, around the globe on … Continue reading

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Welsh Haiku Readings at Kenilworth Park, Portland Oregon

The Welsh Society of Oregon held a picnic at Kenilworth Park in Portland, Oregon on September 10, 2016 calling the program “Haiku for Welsh People.” I created a few poems to read at the picnic that were inspired by my … Continue reading

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Roger Julian Mockford (1924-2015)

This is the reprint of the Obituary for my father that was prepared for release to local newspapers. Roger J. Mockford died December 4, 2015 of natural causes a few days before his 91st birthday. A memorial service will be … Continue reading

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Stained Glass Windows at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fairview Oregon

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On September 15, 2013 we visited Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fairview Oregon to attend the Sunday service and see the newly installed Stained Glass Memorial South Sanctuary Windows. We also stayed following the service to hear a talk by Stained … Continue reading

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Summer Readings and Meetings with Authors

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My summer readings were combined with travels and meetings with authors that began in June during a visit to San Francisco where I was able with three authors who have visited the Pacific Northwest in the past during their historical … Continue reading

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The “First Pacific Northwest Japanese Language Speech Contest” in Washington State.

This year marks the 30th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Washington State. In 1983 when we began planning for the first Japanese language speech contest it was a time when there were still few high school Japanese language programs … Continue reading

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Climbing Mt. Ranier and the World Highest Rotary Club Meeting

In the 1980s I was a member of Seattle’s International District Rotary Club and in the summer of 1985 we were invited to join the Bellevue Rotary Club on a summit climb of Mt. Ranier where they plan to hold … Continue reading

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