My name is Matt. I live in Seattle, across the lake from the place where I was born and raised. What I’m trying to do, along with my wife and daughter, is find a way to live responsibly and sustainably in the place where I find myself. It’s hard. Every force in the world seems to want to push us into unthinking consumerism and spiritual somnolence.

Join us for the adventure.

Join us for the adventure.

I’ve never been fond of compromise, but that’s what some of this comes to. Someone wise once said, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” I’m trying to see the good and pursue it as I’m able, leaving perfection for more energetic souls and allowing for trial and error, failure, grace… even surprise.

I consider myself and all of us God’s journeymen. Getting started is the only imperative.

15 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Lisa June 24, 2009 at 04:22

    Hi Matthew,
    Angela linked me to your blog. Great, now even more time to be spent on the computer but your scattered and rich fabric of words pulled me right in. Thanks for sharing.
    Lisa (from STL, MO)

    • 2 jstwndrng June 24, 2009 at 05:10

      Hi Lisa,
      I’m honored that you would take time to check out my blog. As I find out people are actually reading some of this, I start adding them personally to the collective “person” I write to in my mind. If you read any subsequent posts, consider yourself “waved at”, as it were. Thanks for the shout! Come visit us in Seattle, will ya?

    • 3 jstwndrng June 24, 2009 at 05:13

      Wait a tick.. “scattered”? Surely you meant “broadly sown”?

  2. 4 Librarian Girl June 2, 2010 at 15:16

    Thanks for the nice comments on my blog lately. It’s about time I came over and made myself at home over here.

    Good to meet you, blog friend!

    • 5 jstwndrng June 2, 2010 at 15:38

      Hi Librarian Girl,

      Gladdameetchoo2, and really, I’m honored you stopped by. There are a crillion blogs out there and I only regularly read about five. Yours is one. I’ve been a fan ever since I googled the Balls of Bothell (when I was writing my tribute to them) and found your post. (You hooked me with the one about how Nordic Boy achieves “being a regular” because, seriously, your list was EXACTLY the stuff I do. I wanted to point at the screen and look around me shouting, “hey, I do that! I get it!”)

      Thanks for taking time to shout.

  3. 6 Jennifer Sanchez December 7, 2011 at 12:47

    Dear Matt,

    I am a Mom of four young boys (all age 3 and under) and it is a rare thing I come across something that really touches me and makes me take pause. Your words are inspiring and I look forward to reading of your adventures and inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to share your world with us.

    God Bless,

    Jennifer (Las Vegas, NV)

    • 7 Matt December 7, 2011 at 13:30

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank so much for reading my blog and for the words of affirmation. I find parenting two girls to be all I can handle of both joy and exhaustion. I think with four boys it must be total exhaustion all the time and twice the joy. Glad to have you along for the adventure!

  4. 8 Calah Joy Frazier October 12, 2012 at 07:46

    Hi Matt!
    I just read all the details about your adventures at the Camlin! I am prepping for an interview with Wyndham and had no idea there were so many cool things about that place. Thank you for sharing the stories, I can’t wait to go see it for myself! Take care!

    • 9 Matt October 12, 2012 at 08:07

      Hi Calah,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It is one of my most searched out posts, because people are always googling to find out whether it is haunted. I’ve never heard anything about that from the GM, but I still see search strings for “Camlin hotel haunted” that bring people to my blog every week, so there must be a rumor out there. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your interview goes well.

  5. 10 Maria Ní Mhurchú December 21, 2012 at 05:44

    Hi Matt, I’ve emailed Janet a couple of times and I’ve never got a reply. Sorry I can’t be of more help, Maria.

  6. 11 Suzanne Hunter January 31, 2013 at 11:14

    Hello Matt;
    Just wanted to comment on one of the images on your blog. It is that cool alleyway with the green light. Was wondering if you took the picture? If not do you have any idea who the photographer is? I am a Grad student at Academy of Art in SF and it would be perfect for my Thesis project. Wondering how much you would charge me to use it as a still for some of my greenscreen footage. Specifically the opening shot?

    If this is something you wouldn’t mind. Please feel free to contact me at

    Thank you, Suzanne

    • 12 Matt January 31, 2013 at 11:30

      Hi Suzanne,
      Thanks for the contacting me. Yes, I took that alley shot myself. I have been baffled, even alarmed, over the years at how many hits my blog gets because of people searching for “dark alleyway” or similar. I’ll email you offline in a minute.

  7. 13 Murray Williams April 2, 2015 at 19:07

    What a neat blog! I just stumbled across it as I was reading about old Seattle buildings. I very much enjoyed your story about the little balsa wood electric engine – it is something my family would do as well – the lateral pass. Thank you for inviting the world into your life and thoughts!

    • 14 Matt April 2, 2015 at 20:50

      Thanks for stopping by, Murray. Funny you mention that post…just this week I got another bunch of old photos from the East Coast that had been sent out there from here two decades ago, photos of some family celebration we had here, yellowed indoor snapshots of my uncles and aunts. One of them was a photo of some plates of cold cuts and cheese. The usual note, “thought you might want these.”

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