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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
I harvested a gigantic bouquet of French tarragon from the garden. It sits in a vase on my kitchen island while I figure out what to do with it all. My first inclination is to make herb vinegar … more
It’s quite possible Jefferson County residents will soon lose an enjoyable, low-cost way to stay healthy and prevent drowning.   The county’s only public pool, located at the … 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
Fireworks are not usually thought of as music even though they are certainly part of the noise on the Fourth of July.   More pleasant music on the evening of the Fourth was provided by the … more
We applaud the city of Port Townsend for its outreach in the form of their new YouTube channel. Its first topic is a sore subject, as I’m sure the council and every city staff member is … more
OK, the subject is time. I suspect you might agree that as it goes on it seems like there just isn’t enough and it becomes something that feels like it is controlling us.   For … more
Dog owners, you may be excused.   We’re going to discuss cats here today, but … I think dog folks will be glad if you hang around. Throughout my long newspaper-columnizing … more
Your hometown newspaper will soon be under new management, again. In 2016, when my brother and I purchased The Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader from Scott and Jennifer Wilson, I was … more
The second grandson graduated from Ballard High School in Seattle last weekend and we went to the party for him on Saturday. It was the standard affair with some of his friends, lots of his … more
“No news is better than evil news,” proclaimed King James I of England in 1616.   Here in Chimacum, news flows through newspapers, broadcasts, websites, and cell phones. But, … more
No clue who won last night’s high school football game, not sure what to wear today because there is no weather forecast, and you don’t know who won last week’s presidential … more
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