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Now, when I get together with friends, I can join with the sub-group of folks who have one of those new turbo-powered titanium hips.   Many now have the ceramic-lined socket into which the … more
No one in PT has jewelry like Markus Koch’s: Two Super Bowl rings.  Koch, who retired here and is now a certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, was on the Washington … more
In colors the fields dress up in the Spring;  In colors, are the little birds that come from afar... translation of Mexican folk song, “De Colores” The merry month of May … more
This is a terrifying time for tenants and a lucrative time for landlords, a harsh contrast that begs us to reflect on how we value housing.   When my friend and her husband were told to … more
Several friends of mine seem more than glad to share quotes, sayings, advice, and observation with me on a regular basis. I do collect those I find of interest in a file named “Leader” … more
I read a Page 1 New York Times profile last week about much-missed comic George Carlin. There’s also a new HBO special premiering this weekend about the feisty, often brilliant comedian and … more
Resilient gardens work in concert with nature. They take advantage of their surroundings and support native wildlife. They also embrace the ways plants actually want to grow. Sarah Fairbank, WSU … more
You may recall that last week I included in this column the Associated Press article about the woman who fell through the “hole” in the outhouse on the trail at the top of Mount Walker. … more
It was a special Mothers’ Day on several levels.  Hard to miss were the Major League baseball teams sporting uniforms incorporating the color pink, I suppose as a reminder to check for … more
Spring salads are here, and there’s a playground of possibilities for dressing up your greens. Making homemade salad dressing is a skill you’ll be thankful for every salad … more
Notes from the Twitterverse — and elsewhere:  Why am I on Twitter? Mostly, for the laughs. Certainly not for the snark, and there’s plenty of that.  I do hope Elon … more
If you’re feeling a mild case of that ol’ “Spring Fever,” take heart  — you’re not alone!   All across the continent, a spring tide of migrating birds … more
As the last of spring settles in, making way for summer, the Jefferson County community has come up with a way to start the season off strong: On June 1, several organizations are partnering … more
Wow, pick your disaster.   There is a dangerous war in Europe. Climate change is accelerating. Inflation is chewing us up. An earthquake is right around the corner, within 35 years or so. … more
A windstorm destroyed the old maple across the street last winter, but the ring of daffodils has sprung up around its shattered stump like always. It’s a spring like any other, but it feels … more
This spring, I’m making lots of Kuku-ye Sabzi, a Persian egg dish popular for Norooz, the Iranian New Year, celebrated at the Spring Equinox.  Egg dishes are popular throughout the … more
As noted in last week’s column, the annual meeting of the Ludlow Maintenance Commission, the LMC, was held last Saturday.  There were about 60 folks who showed up, a crowd that would … more
Once in awhile, it’s good to get outta Dodge ( i.e., PT). To use the famous rallying cry of Otter and Boon in “Animal House”: “Road trip!” Here, that often means … more
April is Native Plant Appreciation Month in Washington. It’s a time to enjoy the beauty of our native plants and celebrate the gifts they offer to pollinators and wildlife.  Why, then, … more
Last week my husband and I had the opportunity to try out Jefferson Transit’s new No. 14 Kingston Express bus service. This service is an express bus from Port Townsend to the ferry terminal … more
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