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The Port Townsend Main Street Program staff and volunteers have been running fast this summer. The flower baskets are blooming beautifully downtown and Uptown. There is pent up demand for things to … more
I am lucky. In addition, the weather was nice for the past week.  For last Thursday’s program at Rotary we heard presentations from Ava Gardner-Mifsud and Akira Anderson. They are two … more
In the August 2022 City of Port Townsend newsletter, City Manager John Mauro pointed out the importance of explaining acronyms. In that spirit, I would like to bring up a problematic acronym that … more
The Apiaceae, or carrot family, features root crops like carrots and parsnips, culinary herbs like dill, fennel, and parsley, and beneficial natives like biscuitroot and yarrow. But it also includes … more
Friends, the options for participating are exceeding any reasonable ability to participate. Last week was full of those options for us.  The so called “Opportunity Fair” was a … more
Military memories of an Army brat: That short Leader news item and photo recently about plans to restore the tiny gas station at Fort Worden grabbed me.  That’s because it looks like an … more
What’s a vegetable caviar?  It’s a dish made from finely chopped vegetables. A chunky, flavorful, roasted vegetable spread, that’s perfect for toast or with chips, on meats … more
I thought the town was empty except for the tourists. The locals wanted to stay home to handle the heat. How wrong could that be?  A lot. Brian Belmont thinks there may have been around … more
Dawn comes early, even now, a full month after Solstice.  I roll out of bed at 4:45 a.m. — wakened by the gulls’ squawking outside my window — in order to get down to Point … more
As a rural community, our ability to respond to emergencies and recover from disaster is dependent on the networks and relationships we build in advance. Knowing where and how to connect to … more
We have now embarked into the era of carefully escaping from the doldrums and frustrations of the pandemic.  People, including BJ and I, seem to be getting out and enjoying the activities … more
Funny books and reading matter are my perennial favorites. Especially good writers like Joe Queenan, P.J. O’Rourke, and Christopher Buckley.  I’m always looking for funny reading, … more
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