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I am spending the winter exercising my muscles of gratitude. Sometime later this year, I will hug an old friend. I will welcome in a houseguest.  I will join a group in open song. I will … more
Regular readers of this column know that during this pandemic I have struggled each week to search out and document highlights in this space. Regular readers also know that I can and will take … more
— From NPR’S witty “Says You,” which, pre-pandemic, would make an annual visit to Chimacum High from the East Coast to do shows, comes this funny sign, supposedly from a … more
Last year wasn’t just another year. It was a year of universal disruption, incredible pain and challenge, and remarkable resilience and cooperation.  A year of minimal silver linings … more
In February, I set time aside to delve into African American history.  Often, it’s harrowing, like last year reading “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson.  But I take it up … more
Yes, it snowed here in Port Ludlow last weekend and a beautiful snow it was. BJ and I went for a short walk culminating in an attempt to throw snowballs at the Drapers’ front windows. I did put … more
Emily Dickinson saved seeds “in homes of paper until the sun calls them.”  For the 19th century poet, these seeds were collected from last year’s garden, received from … more
Looking for laughs as we await spring? We could certainly use a few.  I’ve been finding them on Twitter long before Donald of Orange got booted. I never looked at his Twitter feed for … more
Stephen W. Gillard found himself on the other side of the bench. For a few grateful moments in Jefferson County Superior Court recently, Judge Keith Harper paused the proceedings to honor Gillard, … more
I’ve been lucky to live in Port Townsend for a while now (nearly three decades) and I’m almost a local! I raised a child here, and have made lifelong friends and colleagues. … more
Flexibility, adaptability and sensitivity are the absolute requirements to survive today even though it is exhausting!  Yep, I have to adapt to the fact that youth in the NFL means having to … more
I have ALS and use a power wheelchair. I use the Jefferson transit buses to get around Port Townsend.  For scheduled appointments, I use Dial-A-Ride (a reservation-based paratransit service). … more
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