A native of New Jersey, I have lived around the U.S. and abroad pursuing a career as a journalist and writer for four decades. Review my background, career and writings at www.williampbarrett.com. In 2011 my 16th relocation brought me to the shores of Puget Sound. Please consider this blog a modest public effort to explore the essence of Seattle and its environs. Meanwhile, my debut novel, OFFSIDE: A Mystery, was published. It’s about the murder of a referee of youth soccer at the height of the California real estate bubble in 2006. Order it on Amazon/Kindle, Barnes & Noble/Nook, or iBooks.