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If ever there were a Devil, they could not have timed their diabolical deeds better. Within the same 24-hour period that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared, on a … more
My wife Susan, our pal Elliott, and I drove 130 miles last month to gaze upon Washington's largest tree, the Nolan Creek Cedar. As we neared the colossus at the end of a gravel road, the … more
By Sidonie Maroon Culinary Educator for the Food Co-op   Would you like to develop a signature barbecue sauce, but need help understanding what makes them tick? Well, I’m … more
The Rolling Stones’ visit to Seattle on May 15 has brought back memories of when I covered the Stones for the Montreal Gazette back in the day and what turned out to be a scary experience on … more
Many years ago, in the fall, BJ and I were bringing her mother home to Kansas City from her vacation cottage in Central Lake, Michigan. I was in the lead driving the mother-in-law car when I took a … more
A while back my column on affirmations aired, citing the uplifting personal statements I recited daily. In all honesty, saying I faithfully address them each day is a stretch. Lately I’ve … more
Editor’s Note: An incomplete version of this column appeared last week so The Leader is republishing it.    What’s a vegetable caviar? A delicious roasted … more
So many of us thought the worst had passed. Although the fate of the Port Townsend pool, located at Mountain View Commons and run by the Olympic Peninsula YMCA, remains under consideration, it seemed … more
Are you ready for a cranky columnist? While most of the time I’m cheerful and in a positive mood there are those occasions when my buttons are pushed, and I react. In a recent conversation with … more
You know you’re getting old…when your back goes out more than you do. Rim shot!  It’s  the golden age of golden-age comedy. And well it should be here in … more
From the internet, I am informed that “This too shall pass” is a proverb from the medieval Levent, now known as Turkey, around 1200 AD. The proverb means that all material conditions, … more
The City of Port Townsend is about to launch a significant Comprehensive Plan update and review.   Jefferson County is not far behind, with a periodic update/review scheduled to begin in 2025. … more
We have a homelessness crisis in Jefferson County. Statistics tell part of the tale: Our poverty rate is 13.8% according to We have the highest percentage (63.7%) of … more
They are exactly the kind of young, working-class family we want to keep in Port Townsend. And unless some open-hearted angels feel inspired to help them financially, they will be forced out in … more
  A conversation with a friend segued into aging. She commented that I didn’t act or talk old, wore youthful clothing, stayed very active, and basically didn’t live like an … more
As I write this, an eerie silence has descended on our house. Is it late at night? Nope.  Has the unregulated militia ceased exercising their Second Amendment rights out at the … more
Yep, it is my backyard grass patch. It is a pit because the grass seems to find it a real struggle to survive and thrive in the face of the clay comprising the bulk of the dirt in my yard. It is the … more
It was an assignment in the San Juan Islands. The magazine had sent me to write a couple of features. At the end of the weekend, waiting for the ferry to head back to the mainland, I sat on the beach … more
The best description I ever heard for pro football was “expert violence.”  But I watch it anyway. And I should know better. As a young sports writer just out of college, my … more
You are a volunteer, aren’t you? You get all those benefits like dealing with people. You are a volunteer ticket taker at a concert and the line gets a little long, precipitating somebody … more
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