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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
During the summer season, Kiwi Ferris and his son, Buster, make the morning trek from their cozy beds to the cold and wet boat ramp at the Boat Haven in Port Townsend. They do this without fail, … more
As a bogey golfer, and a lifelong resident of Port Townsend who has spent four decades as a volunteer and elected in city government, I have some familiarity with how consultant-driven processes … more
I confess, I enjoy washing my car and on occasion I enjoy washing BJ’s car. Last weekend was a great weekend to wash a car, so I did. I started out last Friday afternoon in Port Townsend. … more
On July 16, 1945, the Atomic Age began. And this weekend, a film detailing it, “Oppenheimer,” opens at the Rose. I’ve taken an interest in the Manhattan Project for years. I … more
The (almost) five-hour Port Townsend City Council meeting Monday night was (almost) the culmination of 10 months of meetings with stakeholder groups, all focused on the problem with the Port Townsend … more
The Leader had a front-page story about spending $5-plus million to destroy the character of our sweet little golf course to create a “central park.”   Two points: PT is not a … more
Since ancient times, gardeners have grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs in containers for practical and ornamental purposes. Early terra cotta pots were used to grow crops like pomegranates, fennel, … more
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