Author: Perry Perkins

Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor. He lives with his family in Longview, and operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including sixteen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies. He is also a reoccurring guest-chef on AM Northwest. More of Perry’s work can be found on Amazon at, and his cooking blog at

I can face pandemics, political upheaval, seclusion, and rioting. But this morning (and I think this might really be the end) . . . I woke up with no Wi-Fi.

As I’m sliding ungracefully towards 40, my body has adopted all the fighting verve of a French commando, and I’m pretty sure that the common cold will now kill me. I’m at peace with this.

I waited a long time to become a member of the Father’s Day club, and it’s been everything I dreamed it would be, and more. Even though I hate neckties.

I asked moms, "What one thing do you wish your kids’ dad knew, that would make your life easier?" I was amazed at the results.

My baby girl is now teetering precariously on the brink of teenhood, and I am reluctantly facing the reality that I may need to . . . adjust some of my preconceived notions.

I originally intended to title this article, “The Collected Wisdom of an Outdoorsman,” but made the mistake of mentioning that to my wife, who felt that it might sound a tad presumptuous. At least, I think that was what she was saying. She can

He is a grizzled veteran. His eyes bleached ice-blue in a leathery brown face; pocked by the blistering foreign sun. He looks tired, but resolute, radiating the fatalism of a man who has fought many a battle, marched many a dusty mile; a man who

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. One that I wish I'd heard

I’ll wake up this Christmas Eve morning, as I do every year, thinking about my Mom. It's been 28 years since our last Christmas together. Mom loved Christmas. Even though there was never much money, there was always a tree covered with gaudy old bulbs,

“What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” Erma Bombeck Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but it’s