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What does one think about when reaching the end of their eighth decade thus enjoying the one percent club? Yeah, not that financial one. It is the club that apparently includes those of us born into … more
Back several years, when menopause reared its unpredictable head, I decided to face the issue cold turkey. The pounds appeared overnight, but I was too invested in staying sane through the flashes … more
You know it as the town you drive through to get to Lake Crescent or Camaraderie Cellars or other points further West. OK, you really go there to catch the Black Ball ferry to Victoria, B.C and have … more
As the light returns to our jewel by the strait, let’s shine that light on one of Port Townsend’s many blessings, our school system. Earlier this month, 68 fifth graders from Salish Coast … more
  I've shilled for this one before, but unlike "Die Hard" or "A Christmas Story," it has yet to make the jump from a holiday curio to a broadly beloved Christmas classic, so here's hoping I … more
  The Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, is a rich time to gather and mark the turning point when the dark gives way to the light. This symbolic time of … more
In the first few years after my mother’s death, I was a bit bossy with my widowed father. When he didn’t seem to be moving on and enjoying life, I decided he needed a pet. Dad had always … more
Many of us understand what it means when someone bombs your home, your sacred spaces, or the places where you learn and heal. We know how it feels when a person or entity invokes a mixture of … more
    Whether you're looking for childish flights of fancy in the cinema or suspenseful spy thrillers on streaming, this week's reviews have got you covered. "Wonka" smartly … more
Let’s hop in the car again for our annual, albeit incomplete, tour and grading of our local holiday light displays:  —We’ll start on west Hastings, just north of Sheridan. … more
Living a long life brings many benefits and joys. I cannot identify anyone’s aging pleasures beyond my own, but my sister-in-law, Kathie, sums it up well. “I wake up in the morning, I … more
A beautiful instrument. It came in a nice case with one bow, a cotton chin rest pad, cleaning cloth, and extra rosin. I picked it up gently, put it to my chin, drew the bow across the strings, and … more
In the broad scheme of things, the results of the Monon Bell Classic football game in Crawfordsville, Indiana, matter not much, unless you are a passionate graduate of Wabash College! Yep, the … more
—Turkey Shooting: Want a free turkey — and something to hunt humans with as well, peut-être? Simple. A Cape Coral, Florida roofing contractor is getting into the holiday spirit with … more
  Halloween is coming up, and maybe you’d like to get into the haunting spirit with some spooky films, but you’re tired of watching all the same old standbys year after year, … more
Book bans have become a crucial issue in our increasingly fragile democracy. Under the guise of enforcing “community standards” and “protecting children,” a new cultural … more
I’LL BE CREEPING UP ON MY 96TH BIRTHDAY by the time the 2024 election rolls around, and a lot can happen between now and then. But that election remains one of my several goals of the moment. … more
While spouting off in all directions with lies of convenience from a limited vocabulary, ex-President Donald Trump appears determined to convince the nation’s voting public by election day 1964 … more
Donald Trump has been unable to lie his way to control of a Free Press through the uneducated over-use of short near-illiterate jabs via social media and rabble-rousing pep rallies—and control … more
Deer have grown to like and trust us, it seems. This fawn later was moved to a more secluded spot. We’ve lived quite a while in the same house on an oversized. well-hedged lot … more
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