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“I’m going to do the taxes,” my wife, Laurie, said. Well, she didn’t actually say this. She just went ahead and did it. Reminds me of a woman we met when we served in Mexico. She was “a little bit of nothin’” as they say in Texas, which was where she was from. This woman had supervised the building of her house in Chapala, an expansive, beautiful casa easily worth a million dollars. This was no mean feat in a foreign country that experiences a good share of corruption. When we expressed our admiration, she proclaimed, “I’m a Texas gal. Watch—and hide.” One of the better lines I’ve heard in my life. Well, Laurie’s task was smaller by several degrees of magnitude, and although saying, “I’m a Washington State gal. Watch—and hide,” doesn’t have quite the same punch—the determined mind is identical. She jumped into the project, grabbed onto the root, and growled. Read the rest of this entry »

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