Were all aware of the state of the economy, the job market, and the ever increasingly hostile political environment.  No matter where you turn, it seems that were not able to steer clear of any of the negative publicity that currently clogs our tv sets, computer monitors, and talk radio channels.  Too much of one thing can be harmful if were not careful or cognizant of how much we are taking in of the negative talk.  Its good to take a break from the political/news programs, the radio talk shows, the online can be overwhelming and in these current times its not too difficult to be overloaded with all of this information......its generally not all positive......

Once again.... know when to say enough !!!  Take periodic breaks from all of the exposure you get from all this negativity, and exercise, ride your bike with family or friends, work in the yard, or garden etc..   Just make sure to get some positive re-inforcements on regular intervals.  I know that I have been guilty of drowning myself in this previously and it can be very overwhelming, and make you feel helpless.   Not all of whats on tv, online, or on talk radio is negative, but is sure can feel that way at times.

Kevin J. Lawson

Having attended the local county veterans resource committee meeting yesterday, a very special program was brought to our attention.   The program is Honor Flight, and it will transport any World War ll Veteran free of charge back to Washington D.C. in order to view the World War ll Memorial, as well as the rest of the sites that pertain to our rich history and the battles and wars that we have participated in.  This is a great program.

If you know of any surviving World War ll Veterans you owe it to them to spread the word.  The Veteran can fly free of charge, there is lodging and meals included and if the Veteran needs an assistant (almost guaranteed) they can accompany the Veteran for a mere $350.00.  That is quite a bargain.  So for 48 hrs your off to Washington D.C. and visit the Memorials, your staying in very nice accommodations, and have meals provided as well.  What a fabulous program.......  and who deserves it more.........   The World War ll Veterans deserve this !!!!!

Kevin J. Lawson

Having just spent the weekend at the beach.....Long Beach, Washington that is......on our Church camping trip at the Dunes Bibile camp..... was a fantastic time.  I believe we all get caught up in work, and the intensity, the anxiety, the stressfulness, and the daily grind.  We have to allow ourselves time to recharge.  Everyone needs a break from our jobs and to be able to get away, and enjoy something we really like with families or friends.

Our family really enjoys camping and the outdoor life in the Great NorthWest.   Regardless of your likes, or hobbies we all need to get out and enjoy our surroundings.  There is so much to do here in the Northwest, whether its fishing, or river rafting, motorcycle riding, horse trail riding and on and on....... Please dont let anyone even remotely try to tell you there is nothing to do here in the great NorthWest.....that is a bold lie if there ever was one......  Enjoy what we have at our disposal here in the Northwest......for its truly a Tidal Wave of beauty .......if you only open your eyes and heart to it...... Sometimes it can be overwhelming.......

Kevin J. Lawson

So one can not help but notice (depending on your geographical location) the dramatic change in season that has taken place over the past week or two.  The fourth of July weekend for many was cloudy and 70.  Not great but it could have been alot worse I suppose.  Here it is a few days later and its approaching one Hundred degree's.  Outstanding...... we go from cloudy and cool to a Massive heat wave in a 48 hour time period and no wonder people get a little irritated here in the northwest with that kind of swing in temps.

You know you can draw a very similar line in life, from the adversity that comes your way in short order....One can adapt, overcome and embrace the change or resist, dislike and just complain about all of the change that comes your way.  I believe that its no secret that one's attitude is the greatest single factor in determining your outlook.  I'm not perfect by any means however if we roll with the changes in a more positive manner,  we stand a better chance of making it thru the day and through life with less turmoil. 

So when you recognize that spring or winter is over, and your going into that new season.......Summer, make a mental note to roll with the changes, and with that try to up your game.....Do your best to implement something new....... a game changer so to speak.....try it..... embrace change, because its always going to be around the corner.

Kevin J. Lawson

Rob White, Insurance Consultant with Farmers Insurance Group, is another great option in Clark County. 571-4666,

Kerry N. Greenwald


Sr. VA  Loan Specialist

Creekside Mortgage Inc.