Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 26th 2016 is Small Business Saturday. This idea was established by American Express in 2010 as a way to encourage people to “shop local”.  As a realtor and small business owner myself, I support this important day.  But, when you are in business, every day is an important day!   Supporting local businesses  builds up the community in which I live. Therefore, each day this week will feature a different business in my community and surrounding ...

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George Robert Graf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 1946 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, my father George Robert Graf, entered the world. The youngest (by over a decade) of 3 children born to Alexander Karl Graf and Johanna Graf he made quite an impact!

I was first introduced to George Robert Graf in 1971 when he was 24 years old, although my memories of our first few years together are practically non existent! My first memories of my dad, are of him playing clarinet in the living room, ...

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Generous Generosity

 

GENEROSITY. Ever played a word-find game? I loved playing them as a kid. My brother and I competed fiercely at coming up with a series of smaller words from one larger word or combination of words.

I attended a vision-casting event this week for a new church called Emmaus Road starting in Stanwood, Washington.  Mike Satterfield, an exceptional, engaging Bible teacher, is the senior pastor of this start-up.  If you live in the area and are looking for a church home ...

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Renaissance: Rebirth, Revival

The Renaissance stands for rebirth, revival and renewed interest. It was a pivotal time period in history between 1350 and 1600 a.d. It brought European civilization out from the Medieval period to modern times. Bursting with achievements in the arts, literature, maths, and sciences, this period revived the classical works of the ancient Greeks and Romans, from 1000 years before. Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Petrarch, Mozart, Napier, Shakespeare and Galileo, were major players in the movement.

The Renaissance brought a shift in politics ...

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Beach House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I just returned from a day on the beach! I know you are probably jealous now, and that’s okay. I would be of you if the roles were reversed! This wasn’t just driving to the beach and then driving home, but rather staying in a beach house owned by some very dear friends / mentors. This place is amazing! Not because of the house itself, although the beach house is absolutely wonderful, but because of the spirit that covers ...

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Graduation!

056If your children go to school in North America this is the season of graduation!  This is one of the most lauded achievements for most young people in their lives.

This weekend and last, we have been celebrating my daughter Rosalind’s graduation from High School.  We hosted a party at our house last Saturday which saw 168 friends and family members pass through our doors that afternoon. This Saturday is the commencement ...

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Anniversaries!

Today is June 4th, 2015.  It also happens to be the 21st anniversary for my lovely wife Erica and me.  Erica is a woman of great beauty, wisdom, and talent.  She is a gifted writer, an inspiring speaker, an effective teacher, and a devoted friend. She is a wonderful mother to four delightful children, and my partner in life.

Happy anniversary Erica!  I love you!image

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