We have assembled this page to help introduce ourselves
to those who have not had the opportunity of personal interaction.
Jim and Kelley met in June 1999 while working on a course
at the University of Washington. They became friends during that summer
and in early fall began dating.
KMD - I am a native of Richmond, Virginia. I count myself
lucky to have lived in seven states between ages 7 and 14 thanks to my
father's military career. I attended Radford College (University) studying
dance and art from 1976-1978. After a wide variety of professional callings,
forestry captured my full attention in 1993. I received two BS degrees
from North Carolina State University in 1997. I have been in the forestry
extension "business" since 1995 (NCSU and University of Washington),
educating the public about forest resources and helping private and public
landowners maintain working forests. I began work on a Master's degree
in the summer of 2002.
JBM - I was born in Cleveland, OH and spent my first
decade in Parma. For the next decade I lived in Brecksville, until heading
off to college in Logan, UT. A bachelor's degree, master's degree, and
several years of working later and it was time to move on to Seattle,
WA to begin working on a Ph.D. Mixing school and work over the years it
took me until 2001 to finish the Ph.D. in Silviculture and Forest Protection.
Since then I have been working at the University of Washington, College
of Forest Resources as a Research Scientist.
KMD - Our first big
adventure together was Christmas 1999 at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island,
WA. Jim had shown me pictures of the McCarter Reunion at Orcas, but
they did not do justice. Jim drove us up to the top of Mt. Constitution
and I took the picture on the left on the way up. We also visited Madrona
State Park and despite the chill of December, it was great.
JBM - We decided to spend the Christmas holiday together.
We managed to score lodging over the holiday weekend at Rosario Resort
(thanks to NPR donation premiums). We spent Christmas at Rosario, and
then moved to Smuggler's Cove for the rest of our holiday. We also enjoyed
visiting with some friends, doing jigsaw puzzles in front of a roaring
fire. The holiday crabbing contributed to a wonder feast, featuring
fresh crab and a variety of other holiday treats.
JBM - Thanks to Kelley
my baseball passion evolved from several games a year to full season
tickets. We started getting season tickets to make sure we could make
the 2001 All Star Game is Seattle. Since then we have a developed a
steady list of customers that gobble up any games we can't make.
KMD - Baseball is our shared sports passion.
When we went to Cape Cod for the McCarter Reunion in 2000, Jim's brother-in-law
purchased Red Sox tickets for us. I am so glad to say that I have now
seen a game at Fenway Park. The picture on the right was taken at Pack
Forest, the place where we met in 1999.
KMD - I will always have a special reverence
for forestry in the Pacific Northwest... for its history, culture and
evolving policy issues. Even though my profession was the catalyst for
my moving to the PNW, I know the real reason for my coming here... it
was to meet Jim. Yes, sounds a bit sappy, but I believe it's true.
JBM - I moved to Seattle after spending
years in Utah -- finally finishing my Ph.D. in December 2001. In the
time I have been in Seattle there have been many changes to forestry
in the Pacific Northwest -- the last of the large logs disappeared years
ago. In June 2002 my parents and an Aunt and Uncle made it to Seattle
for the official University of Washington graduation, where all Ph.D.'s
dress up like purple plumb wizards.
JBM - We have been fortunate to be able
to take a number of trips together since meeting. So far we have been
to Bella Vista, AR, Boston, Brevard N.C., Cape Cod, Duck, Ft. Myers,
Mufreesburo TN, New Orleans, Norfolk, North Cascades, Orcas Island,
Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Sequim, Vancouver B.C., Washington
D.C., and Winston-Salem. Still on the list are Alaska, Arizona, California,
Chicago, Cleveland, Hawaii, Kershaw S.C., Houston, New Mexico, Utah,
Wisconsin, more Canada, upstate New York, and the rest of the world
(especially where there is a water fall).
KMD - Thanks to Jim and the McCarter Reunions,
I have traveled to some wonderful places in the last 3 years. One of
them was Cape Cod (photo on left) and another is the North Cascades.
The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!
KMD - For many years I have had a strong desire to own
a small inn or B&B. Jim tolerates this with great humor and lets me
book us into all sorts of little hideaways.
JBM - We found the B&B above (on the left) during
our Labor Day trip. It turned out we were the only ones there. The cabin
above on the right was found by Kelley. It is one of several cabins just
outside the Rainier National Park. Kelley and I had a nice quite break
over the weekend in the middle of one of the training sessions I teach.
JBM - We have also enjoyed taking the train for weekends
in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Portland, Oregon. We take a relaxing ride
on the train and then take advantage of local transportation to explore
KMD - It's no surprise as professional foresters that
we like the outdoors. For me, an appreciation, both intellectual and aesthetic
for the natural world came late in my like. I am so glad it did because
Jim and I have hiked, biked, walked and kayaked together on both coasts
and plan to do a lot mo re.
KMD - These photos were taken when we took one of our
urban hikes in the Seattle area. The "beaches" in the Puget
Sound area are not like any I've ever encountered. One of the characteristics
that I love most about Jim, is his optimistic approach to everything.
He helps me see the best part of everything and everybody.
JBM - Thanks to Kelley I'm getting much more exercise
than I used to. She makes sure I get out from behind the computer and
take a hike once in a while. I've had fun showing her some of the places
around Seattle that friends have shown me over the years. We have even
discovered a few on our own, since we are running out of places that I
JBM - It's amazing how close we came to being in the
same place over the years. Sometimes it just takes a while for two people
to find each other.
KMD - You be born in Cleveland, and I'll be born in Richmond
and 40 years later we'll meet in Seattle.