A Salute to Seattle Children’s Hospital

Salute to Children’s Hospital by Louis Howard


The hospital was founded as the seven-bed Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in 1907  after The death of Anna Clise’s young son from inflammatory rheumatism in 1898 made her tragically aware of the lack of specialized care for children – and inspired her to take action.

With the help of 23 female friends, Clise established the first facility in the Pacific Northwest to treat these children, most of who would otherwise have been left to endure pain and disability throughout their lives.

Clise’s original vision – to care for children regardless of race, religion, gender or a family’s ability to pay – still guides Seattle Children’s today.

Seattle Children’s, formerly Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, formerly Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, is a children’s hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. n 1953, Children’s moved to a new campus in Laurelhurst, east of the University of Washington   In 2016, it was ranked as the 5th best children’s hospital in America by U.S. News and World Report and was ranked #4 in nephrology, #6 in cancer, #5 in neonatology, #13 in gastroenterology and GI surgery, #11 in pulmonology and #9 in neurology and neurosurgery.[1]


Seattle Children’s was ahead of its time at the turn of the 20th century. The same is true at the turn of the 21st century. Many of our physicians are national leaders in their fields, using their skill and experience to discover new cures and deliver the very latest, best treatments available – all part of our mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.

In 2014, Seattle Children’s received the largest donation in its history: $73.9M from Jack R. MacDonald

Under you Inspire Hope: ways to get involved:

Start A Guild: There is a independent network of Guids with over 5000 volunteers. Many sorts and celebrities support these fundraisers every year. One such Guild is The Imagine Guild.


Twenty One years ago, 100 motorcycles gathered to participate in Children’s Ride 1. The  event was a success raising $13,000 for Children’s Hospital.


In 2009, the Imagine Guild moved the Gala and Auction to the Fremont Studios where John Curley hosted an evening of laughs and fundraising to benefit the kids. We also featured the Bagger Build-off competition between Paul Yaffe/Destination Harley-Davidson and Brian Klock/Downtown Harley-Davidson.

In 2008, CR 13 raised more than $700,000 for Children’s Hospital. Who could have predicted that Children’s Ride would become one of the top five guild fundraisers for Children’s Hospital as well as one of the largest charity motorcycle events in the Pacific Northwest?

The Imagine Guild and Children’s Ride was founded in 1995 by Rick Baldwin. In 1974, Rick’s daughter Tessa was admitted to Children’s Hospital for treatment of third-degree burns when a coffee pot toppled onto her  Being a young father with limited financial resources, Rick benefited from the uncompensated care fund provided by Children’s Hospital. Always wanting to repay the hospital for the care his family received, Rick combined his love for motorcycles with his gratitude to CIn 2005, Children’s Ride grew from a one-day to a three day weekend event. The Children’s Ride Gala and Auction made its debut as a resounding success that year. Attracting one of the top custom motorcycle builders in the industry today, Paul Yaffe built a one-of-a-kind custom chopper for the auction. Excitement was at an all time high in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom as Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners and Chad Eaton, a former Seattle Seahawk, matched each other bid for bid on the custom motorcycle until Edgar offered the winning bid of $95,000.children’s Hospital and the idea for Children’s Ride was born.

Other Ways to Help:

Donate a Toy

Your donation of new toys, gift cards and other items help patients and families when they need comfort Ways to Donate


New Housing Data for September

Below is recent sales data for Seattle & King County courtesy of NWMLS.

Housing & Economic  Update:


September 2017 Number MOM YOY Buyers Sellers
Active Listings 3,104 +10.1% -16.1%
Closed Sales 2,512 -10.2% -0.2%
SAAS (?) 1.17 -2.7% -3.9%
Pending Sales 2,736 -11.0% -6.3%
Months of Supply 1.24 +22.6% -15.9%
Median Price* $625,000 -3.8% +16.2%

DOW Sets New Record

Dow touches 23,000 for the first time, closes at record

  • The Dow reached 23,000 for the first time. The index first closed above 22,000 on Aug. 2.
  • Boeing and Caterpillar were the biggest points contributors on the Dow since Aug. 2, when the index first broke above 22,000.
  • On Tuesday, the index was buoyed by UnitedHealth, which reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.

A Look At Our National Anthem

Louis Howard. With all the conversation and actions centered around the anthem sporing events. I explored the history of the national anthem in the USA.

The History Of the national Anthem


  • The anthem was originally a poem written by Francis Scott Key
  • The poem was originally called “ In Defence of Fort McHenry was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the war of 1812.
  • Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
  • Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779 He became a successful lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and was later appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
  • On June 18, 1812, America declared war on Great Britain after a series of trade disagreements. In August 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore.
  • After one of Key’s friends, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key went to Baltimore, located the ship where Beanes was being held and negotiated his release. However, Key and Beanes weren’t allowed to leave until after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. Key watched the bombing campaign unfold from aboard a ship located about eight miles away.  On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore,
  • the British were unable to destroy the fort and gave up. Key was relieved to see the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry and quickly penned a few lines in tribute to what he had witnessed. The poem was printed in newspapers and eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven” by composer John Stafford Smith.




  • In 1931, It became the theme for America People began referring to the song as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson announced that it should be played at all official events. It was adopted as the national anthem on March 3, 1931.




  • Today, the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1914 is housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.



Trump Signals EXO On Healthcare

Republicans still have not fulfilled their biggest campaign promise — to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Now, President Donald Trump is signaling he may go it alone without Congress and take executive action to allow insurers to sell health plans across state lines.

“I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care,” Trump said last week on the South Lawn of the White House. “It’s being finished now. It’s going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people, millions of people.”

Details of any executive order are still unknown, but Trump already has some early support.

“I’m all for it. If it’s constitutional. and he’s got some pretty good lawyers, I assume that he does, I’m all for it,” said Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican.

Republicans say they will support Trump’s executive action to fix Obamacare, but feel backed in the corner legislatively.

“I don’t think there’s any question about it. I’m a member of the legislative branch and I would rather us do it legislatively. However, in this situation where we can’t get the Senate to pass anything, obviously the president’s got to do something,” said Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican from Georgia.

Democratic Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett does not believe the president is ready to have the federal government guarantee what state regulators provide.

“There needs to be adequate consumer protection so that these health care policies don’t take away in the fine print what they promise in the sales promotion,” Doggett said.

Republicans argue selling health plans across state lines would improve competition and give consumers more choice. But Democrats push back on that claim and say cross-state sales could get confusing.

“If you buy a policy in Louisiana, you’re under Louisiana law unless it’s a national policy like the Affordable Care Act and that way you’re under federal law. On a Texas hospital it’s just going to confuse the issue,” Rep. Gene Green, a Democrat from Texas, said.

The Affordable Care Act already allows cross-state insurance, but only eight states are trying it. One big reason is insurance companies tailor their policies to their local customers.

Seattle retains title of hottest housing market in the country with Portland right behind

According to a recent report from Geekwire Seattle is still King of Housing.

Seattle home values continue to skyrocket, rising at a rate of more than double the national average in July.

According to the latest installment of the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, Seattle home prices shot up 13.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. Portland saw the second fastest home price growth at 7.6 percent, according to the report. The national average for July was 5.9 percent.

Seattle has consistently been the hottest housing market in the nation over the last few years, buoyed by the city’s thriving technology industry. This summer, Zillow found that Seattle is among the cities with the highest number of $1 million neighborhoods. Seattle has 38 $1 million neighborhoods, putting it at seventh among the top 10 cities.

And while Seattle is gaining $1 million neighborhoods rapidly it is also grappling with a homeless crisis. A separate Zillow report found that Seattle has the third highest homeless population in the nation, behind only New York and Los Angeles. Seattle is one of several cities where Zillow ties rent increases to a rising homeless population.

Developers are building record numbers of apartments in the Seattle area, but it still is not enough to keep up with the demand from the constant influx of new people as well as potential buyers stuck in the rental market due to high costs. Rising home values and lack of available starter homes make it tough for younger buyers, even the techies working at Amazon and Microsoft, to get into the market.

Case-Shiller’s data shows that the biggest competition for houses over the past few years has been at the lowest price tiers. High-end housing prices have been pretty stable, while cheaper homes have been extremely volatile. However, things do appear to be leveling out somewhat, as even the low-priced homes aren’t seeing as extreme price spikes as they did back in 2013 and 2014.

Guild Mortgage helps raise $430,000 for Redmond’s Liberty Road Foundation

Demonstrating its commitment to giving back and improving the local community, Guild Mortgage recently served as the primary sponsor of the 13th Annual Liberty Road Foundation Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction, which raised more than $430,000 for those in need.

One of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., Guild was the Master Sponsor ($15,000) of the fundraiser, held Aug. 8 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Guild provided $50 TaylorMade/Adidas gift cards to more than 120 tournament participants.

Additionally, company representatives served as individual hole, lunch and happy hour sponsors, while Guild branches in Bellevue, Kirkland, Mill Creek and Tacoma purchased $750 tables at the dinner and auction. All told, 85 Guild employees plus their guests attended the evening’s festivities.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Liberty Road Foundation, based in Redmond, which partners with seven nonprofit organizations helping at-risk children and families. The auction also supported SAFE, a nonprofit working to assist women get out of the sex trafficking trade.

Founded in 1960, Guild Mortgage has more than 3,600 employees operating from 250 branch and satellite offices in 25 states. The company has a total of 27 branches in the state of Washington.

The company’s Guild Giving Program encourages employees to donate time and money to charitable causes in their own communities.

Nun Rocks with A Chainsaw After Hurricane Irma

The cleanup after Hurricane Irma is a massive undertaking, after the destructive storm hit Florida and neighboring states over the weekend. In Miami, a nun chipped in to clear trees in her neighborhood — and no one, it seems, can resist a story about a chainsaw-wielding nun.

Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department, which posted video and images from the scene in the community of Kendall West Tuesday.

The department calls the sister’s work another sign that Miami’s community will work together to repair what Irma broke, writing on its Facebook page, “Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!”

Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, southwest of downtown Miami, which wrote on its Facebook page early Wednesday, “We are so blessed to have her and the Carmelite Sisters at our school. We are proud of the example they show for our students and other members of the community every day.”

The phrase “chainsaw-wielding nun” is one we didn’t know we would need to use in the wake of Irma, but it shows the breadth of the work it will take to recover from this storm — in Florida, in neighboring states and in the Caribbean.

The nun with a chainsaw habit quickly drew interest beyond Miami. She made headlines in England; CNN interviewed her Tuesday night.

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Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work, chainsaw in hand, by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Miami-Dade Police Department

“The road was blocked, we couldn’t get through,” Sister Margaret Ann told CNN. “And I saw somebody spin in the mud and almost go into a wall, going off the road. So, there was a need, I had the means — so I wanted to help out.”

The chainsaws were sitting in a closet at her school, Sister Margaret Ann said, “and they didn’t belong there. They needed to be used.”

By using the chainsaw, the nun said, she was trying to live up to something her school teaches its students: “Do what you can to help.”

Sister Margaret Ann’s example resonated online. On the Miami-Dade police page, Annette Zayas wrote a comment saying, “She attends my parish and always has this warm smile with everyone she meets.”

People thanked the nun — and discussed the difficulty of handling a chainsaw wearing a habit.

“Somebody made a comment that she was not handling the chainsaw correctly. I was raised ‘do the best you can and after the day you can go home proud.’ That is all we ask for, she rocks,” Eggert Edwald wrote on the Miami-Dade Police page.

The Forgotten In Our Booming Economy

Blog Post by Louis Howard

Community Impact: The Forgotten People and Areas in this Booming Economy.

Even with the U.S. economy boasting impressive job growth and domestic equity markets near record highs, a fragmented recovery has left many states struggling to close budget deficits nearly a decade after the 2008 financial crisis S&P Global has downgraded 11 states compared to just two upgrades since January 2016. It has 11 states on negative outlook, which means the ratings agency believes more than 20 percent of states are in danger of a credit downgrade.sis.

Most economists believe that America is at full employment. After all, the official unemployment rate is a mere 4.5%, the lowest level in years

“I’d say we’re doing pretty well,” Janet Yellen, the head of America’s central bank, west level in in years.

1.Unemployed People who have disappeared or exhausted benefits They aren’t counted in the official unemployment rate, which only tallies people who actively searched for work in the past month.

  1.  Public Assistance:

As of July 7, 42.6 million Americans were receiving SNAP benefits during the current fiscal year, down from 44.2 million in 2016. The 2017 figure is the lowest since 2010, when 40.3 million people were on food stamps. The number peaked in 2013, at 47.6 million.

  1. The 14.4 million in need of a full-time job

Every month, the Labor Department puts out the official unemployment data. Its latest count says there are 7.2 million unemployed. These are the people who are represented in the 4.5% unemployment rate. Too many people are stuck in part-time jobs, and not enough people are working at all in their “prime years” between ages 25 and 54.

  1. A New Milestone in Household Debt

In the first quarter of 2017, consumer debt rose to $12.73 trillion, exceeding its peak in the third quarter of 2008. Student loans account for 10.6 percent of that total, up from 3.3 percent in 2003, while housing’s share, though still great, has fallen back to 2003 levels One of the major factors behind the latest debt binge has been student loans, a mounting burden that can stifle economic growth by preventing Americans from buying homes or spending on big-ticket consumer items.

  1. Lack of Structure:

       For some a lack of built on job opportunities like factories and production lines impact the ability for some to get good paying jobs in their area where they live

  1.  Where is your place in the Economy:

1 At the Bottom: If you are on the millions with no voice at or below the poverty line are one on public assistance and low ages then it is the same economy it as always been which is a struggle

  1. The Middle: If you are part of middle America making the median which $51,000 income up to 100k a year. You are impacted by debt especially consumer and student loan debt and course our favorite taxes. You are not saving enough to keep up with your monthly  housing and and save up enough for retirement or investments
  2. The Top %: The median income is $214, 000. Life is freer and has more choices for you because you have higher income, credit, assets, investments and a growing retirement fund. The top 5% are the ones who feel the  best of the economy because there is more insulation and protection than those at the bottom




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