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Bánh mì (BUN-mee) is bread in Vietnamese, but also refers to the sandwich, a culinary fusion of French and Vietnamese, and an example of how linked food and history are. A brief … more
It’s early morning at Fort Worden Battery Putnam when Port Townsend StyroCyclers volunteers carry between 500 to 700 pounds of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) from East Jefferson County to the … more
Many of you probably have a dog, dogs, or other pets and enjoy all of the psychological, emotional, and physical benefits of having a pet(s). Frankly, we know many of you folks sacrifice personal … more
On vacation while in sunny California this month, we were looking for a PT fix. And we found a great one: “The Race to Alaska,” Zach Carver’s funny and exciting 2020 documentary. … more
Nothing but the weather to whine about this week and even that isn’t all that bad.  Cisco Morris might even recommend pruning some of your landscaping. BJ went outside last week and … more
You may have predicted I would be crowing about the Kansas City Chiefs victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday and you would not be wrong.  However, the dominant feature of my life the past week … more
Our California vacation locale is not Anza Borrego Desert State Park, but further north, in the Bay Area, where we lived for 25 years. I’m again getting a crash course (you should pardon the … more
“I love to prune my roses … you can forget everything else while you’re doing it.” — Julie Andrews, actress, author, and rosarian It’s time to prune our roses. … more
I suspect you may have already realized that the world is actually a little silly much of the time. This week I provide my own contribution to it. If you are a football fan you may have heard … more
In carpentry, sistering is the process of joining two or more structural members together to act as one unified unit.  When builders need to add strength to damaged structures, they will add … more
What to do with all that prime land if we repurpose our golf course?  I drive by the course virtually every day, and even in the summer, I’m surprised at how few golfers there are. This … more
Roast chicken. So delicious — herby, garlicky roast chicken with a crispy skin.  Every couple of weeks, I’ll roast a whole chicken in my Breville countertop oven. The oven’s … more
It was back in the middle of the last century when a naïve young man, I, matriculated at that bastion of male single sex higher education in Crawfordsville, Indiana known internationally as … more
Whilst in the U.S. Navy a few decades back, I handled many classified documents and one day they made me feel much better.  You see, I was on the USS Belmont, one of those intelligence … more
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development would like to notify the public that Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) information, including whether a property is in a Special Flood Hazard … more
When Realtors, contractors, or homeowners lovingly say a house has “good bones,” what they mean is that its foundation is solid and its structure is sound. Without these two components, … more
There’s an old truism among the sensational tabloid newspapers on Fleet Street: “Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.”  That was my experience when, years … more
Are the holiday parties over yet? Are you doing anything about your New Year’s resolutions? Are you done preparing your taxes yet?   I think the parties are now over, so we now … more
The transition to a new year is an opportunity for reflection, an opportunity for cultivation, an opportunity for commitment. How did the last year go – what did we achieve and learn? And then: … more
What if you could reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time? The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the biggest climate bill in U.S. history, will help many Americans reduce their home … more
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