About Us

Written by Michael Warren Shaw and his wife Cassandra Lopez de Arriaga.

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Michael is a science teacher at Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle, Washington.


Cassandra is a criminal defense attorney who has her practice in Snohomish County, Washington.

We use both voices to tell our story from Rodney King Riots to the United States Naval Academy.

It’s no surprise Mike and I argued about even how to start writing this story.  Anybody who knows us, knows that we, each in our own way, are stubborn, opinionated, and passionate.

Even if a single soul never reads this, we wanted to document how amazing our kids are and how they overcame our blunders and stupidity.  To say they are both Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, knowing our past, is nothing short of a miracle.  This book is our love letter to Alexes and Mikey, our Warrior Princess and our Gentleman Warrior. 

This a love story about four people, not two.