Back to Nature at Yost Park

This adventure took us to Edmonds, Washington, and Yost Park. A park I had never visited, despite its a few miles from my home. This area in Washington was logged in the early 1900’s, and large evergreen logs were processed into shingles and lumber in mills along the Edmonds waterfront. Dozens of large old Cedar stumps, known as “Mother Stumps,” thrive throughout the Park. “Nurse logs “ are fallen logs that are laying on the ground. As stumps and logs decay, their nutrients replenish the soil, and encourage smaller plants to grow around them. I added a slideshow below.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="68" height="76">Overall, it was a tranquil afternoon that energized my spirit and sanity. Nature always amazes me with her grace and beauty.Overall, it was a tranquil afternoon that energized my spirit and sanity. Nature always amazes me with her grace and beauty.

Life a Year Ago

Photos from Seattle, Washington

Cherishing the memories, a walk through the University of Washington campus. Where I graduated years ago, the prior century.

One year later, I am posting my daily Covid-19 report for a health study. I wear a mask in public and keep my 6 feet of social distance as much as possible. No indoor dining, no in-person connections with my coffee, hiking, book club and wine tasting pals. We share photos of the meals we cooked, the wine and coffee we drank and Zoom to connect. The digital age landed; it permeates my life daily. I am grateful for my health and loved ones. This dark time will pass into history as the pandemic era that canvassed the world. Looking forward to the light.

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.

by Brene Brown

How IRS Protects Taxpayers from Identity Theft


IRS Masking Key Business Transcript Details, Protecting Taxpayers from Identity Theft

Sharing information from IRS website.

The IRS announced beginning, December 13, 2020, it will be masking sensitive data from business tax transcripts. This announcement provides 30 days for stakeholders to make changes. The IRS notified tax professionals about this modification this summer at the Nationwide Tax Forum. The IRS began masking sensitive data on individual tax transcripts two years ago.

The following will be visible on the new tax transcripts:

  • Last four digits of any Employer Identification Number listed on the transcript:  XX-XXX1234
  • Last four digits of any Social Security number or Individual Tax Identification Number listed on the transcript: XXX-XX-1234
  • Last four digits of any account or telephone number
  • First four characters of the first, and last name for any individual (first three characters if the name has only four letters)
  • First four characters of any name on the business name line
  • First six characters of the street address, including spaces
  • All money amounts, including wage and income, balance due, interest and penalties

More details at IRS.gov’s web page after December 13, 2020.

Veterans Day 2020

This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. The date November 11, 1918, is remembered as the end of World War I. The United States has not forgotten the sacrifices our military personnel, gave to protect our freedom and Republic.

Rayleigh Skies

Sharing photos from an evening walk in the Pacific Northwest a few days ago. Red skies on the horizon. These red colored spectrum skies are created from an occurrence in nature named Rayleigh scattering. The red sky is derived from sunlight being scattered in different weather systems. This process was named after Lord Rayleigh, who in 1871, published a paper describing this phenomenon. Rayleigh scattering results from the electric polarization of particles. Enjoy the polarization of particles in the air.

If you want to learn more about Rayleigh Scattering visit this site.

Seattle Give Camp 2020

This was my 8th Seattle Give Camp hackathon, the first virtual Seattle Give Camp. This years event was half the size in volunteers and non-profit organizations in the Seattle area. We had volunteers from the Memphis Give Camp joining us; we plan to reciprocate in February 2021, and participate with the Memphis Give Camp. The challenges of Covid-19 have stimulated the need for innovation, strategy and cooperation to meet the needs of our communities. This is a new landscape for everyone.

We had to change the format for Seattle Give Camp from in-person to virtual for everyones’ safety. The leadership team saw there was a greater need to assist non-profit organizations in meeting the needs of many. A new platform, digital tools and critical thinking was incorporated by volunteers within the local community and beyond. Creating an online community included people from other time zones. People are willing to help.

I was a team leader for the POCAAN organization. We migrated their website from WordPress to Squarespace over the weekend. We had a three person team plus two staff members from POCAAN. I had a crash course on how to use Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Planner and Trello. Utilizing these tools on the Microsoft Teams platform varied from using these tools on my personal laptop.

Seattle Give Camp finished seven projects with approximately 50 volunteers and staff members. Another team lead observed that this years event, the volunteers were more focused. I think everyone recognized the necessity to adapt to the scenario, adjust our thinking caps and lea forward to the challenges. There were a few glitches here and there; which happens in every live event.

Since we are not meeting in-person and enjoying our tradition of devouring cupcakes, I improvised. Not as sweet as the real thing.

Seattle Give Camp
Cupcake Celebration

Scarecrow Festival

Every year the city Edmonds, Washington, hosts a Scarecrow Festival. Here are my favorites from this years Scarecrow Festival. Edmonds is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is located in the southwest corner of the county, facing Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west. The city is part of the Seattle metropolitan area and is located 15 miles north of Seattle

Scarecrows on the prowl ……

“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”  Edgar Allan Poe

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.” Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Everyone have a fantastic Scary Week!

Macro Monday Pumpkins

That time of year, pumpkin

A pumpkin is a cultivar (a variety of a plant developed from a natural species and maintained under cultivation) of winter squash that is round with a smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and is usually a deep yellow to orange in color. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. Pumpkin comes in many varieties, most common varieties are the large ones used for carving jack-o’-lanterns and smaller, sweeter pie are “Sugar” pumpkins.

A white pumpkin is a variety that has been selectively bred to feature white or ivory skin. White pumpkins are also known as an albino pumpkin, ghost pumpkin, Snowball, Casper, Lumina, Baby Boo, and Cotton Candy Pumpkin.

Cyber Triage Training

My review of the three hour Digital Forensics Cyber Triage training by Brian Carrier. The training does focus on the digital Investigation process and can be used by any level of Digital Forensic expertise. The Cyber Triage tool organizes artifacts and places them into categories, then breaks the data into smaller data sets. Brian focused on the questions you should be asking yourself during an investigation.

The three topics covered as part of the Cyber Triage investigation are User Activity, Malware and the Operating System. Each topic was covered individually. Each section had a quiz that you had to pass before moving to the next module. I thought the quizzes were simple if you followed the webinar. Brian shows how the Cyber Triage tool collected the artifacts, assigned risk levels and categorized each artifact.

My takeaways from this training was having a process for your investigations is a good starting and end point. Creating a baseline of your network, monitoring systems and user access, applying updates as mandated, and using tools that expedite the process are necessary to protect your computer network. If your network has been attacked and you have processes in place; it can save you time and resources, specifically labor costs and reputation to restore your network. I thought this class was applicable to the digital forensic investigation process.

This online class is free, here is the link: https://www.cybertriage.com/