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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
Early last week I thought the only “Fortress of the Bear” was a bear rescue center in Sitka, Alaska. It currently houses several bears, mostly rescued as cubs from situations where … more
This afternoon, I harvested two varieties of kale — Mars Landing, a wonderful bronzy purple with light green undersides and smooth leaves, which I haven’t cooked with yet, and one of my … more
On June 1, 91 people across Jefferson County participated in the first community-wide Car Free Day by using less car-dependent ways to get to school, work, or to run errands, and overall 1,195 miles … more
You feel it, don’t you. The weather is better and family is coming to visit. Last week was full of our daughter and her family in town. We have no shame in getting them to do some things … more
A few oddments left out of our regular police and sheriff’s calls: — PT police were asked by a well-known, local, psychic exile where he could buy an air freshener for his … more
“Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.” – Louisa May Alcott The first roses appeared on earth about 35 million years ago, originating in Asia and … more
I know summer’s here when I hear our red-and-white ice-o-matic cranking, and three horn blasts from the SodaStream filling a liter of carbonated water. We’re both devoted to homemade … more
It was Independence Day and I had hoped for lots of flags and fireworks.   There were lots of flags but maybe fewer fireworks since it was damp and the local stand pulled out.   … more
One of the difficult problems this community faces when trying to deal with the problems of homelessness and desperation is the challenge of doing effective outreach to people who are most vulnerable … more
Congress has an opportunity to pass legislation that benefits all local citizens, businesses and even protects our democracy. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, LJSA for short, should be … more
While summer seems reluctant to arrive on the Quimper Peninsula, the Port Townsend Food Co-op’s wine department is nevertheless primed and ready with a variety of porch pounders to help usher … more
As you drive into town, a sign greets you: “Welcome to Port Townsend, a Victorian Seaport & Arts Community.”  It’s a great sign, but the power of that message is more … more
Before returning home to the Olympic Peninsula for the long days of summer, I pause to reflect on my two-month sojourn in the northern Rocky Mountains of Idaho.  Just this week, the mercury … more
I don’t really have much sympathy for the horde descending on the Olympic Peninsula almost every weekend from May 1 through Labor Day.  Hey, even though it must be tough to wait in … more
When the temperature hits 70, many in Port Townsend start complaining about the heat. I’m one of them. A year ago, when we had an unprecedented heat wave and Seattle hit an all-time high of … more
In February, my fiancé and I took off from Port Townsend with our bicycles and a plan to tour nine countries across Europe.  For months leading up to our trip, we compiled a wish list … more
Gone are the days when a dude with a cart yowls, “Rags, Ashes, Glass!” while passing by dwellings at the crack of dawn.  Now, it’s as if we need a doctorate’s degree … more
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