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Not laughing: We lost a funny writer recently. Arguably the best humorist of our times. That’s important.  P.J. O’Rourke is but one example why most of my book reading in these … more
Don’t let a bum hip keep you down! If you have a choice that is.  My choice is to make an effort to see as much of the NCAA basketball tournament as I can. It ain’t hard if you … more
Last week we convened a group of young professionals to hear about their experiences with securing housing.  It was one of the few times in my work life that the table was full of young … more
For those who haven’t visited the Port Townsend Food Co-op’s wine and beer department since our remodel and grand re-opening in August 2019, consider this an invitation to come, discover, … more
The reaction between baking soda and buttermilk is one of those practical magics that’s easily overlooked, but if you dig deeper, it’s filled with history, science, and a touch of … more
Spring has arrived! The daylight is noticeably brighter, and lasts longer now. Life is bursting forth with gusto. Bare winter branches now send out buds, flowers pop open quickly, and new leaves … more
March always makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day and spring greenery as plants wake up after hibernating all winter.  It is an optimistic time, with beautiful sunsets, boats getting … more
Again this year the term “March Madness” has a variety of connotations, most of them good, and at least one not so good. I submit a “not so good” one is the brutal invasion of … more
We’ve read a lot lately about Russia being a closed country with tight media control. This brings up a personal brush with close-mouth-comrade Soviet censorship. Back in the early … more
As I enter F Street on my bike, I see more walkers and cyclists than cars.  I hesitate as the Jefferson Transit shuttle comes around the corner and heads east up the hill. The shuttle, which … more
Almost all of my conversations these days — at work, at home, with friends — touch upon housing.    It’s a serious challenge for us as a community as we price people … more
“Leave room in your garden for fairies to dance.” – Celtic proverb A meadow garden of native grasses and wildflowers is a beautiful and ecologically beneficial way to add a … more
It’s time to do some landscaping, right?   It’s almost time to wash the car, right? (Might be a little cool for that yet.)   It’s time get in shape with the new … more
Hollywood Offspring Tales: I recently watched Jane Fonda reminiscing about her famous actor father. It struck me that, of the scores of celeb interviews I’ve done over the years of my … more
Recently, as a weekend project, I made a batch of Curtido. It’s a cabbage kraut that’s crunchy, sour, and a delicious accompaniment to any Mexican meal. Sauerkraut requires nothing … more
Pandemic, shamdemic.  Hey, I don’t mean to make light of the COVID. In fact, I am really wary of it, just like I am wary of Vladimir Putin. I actually don’t want anything to do … more
At Main Street, we are grateful for all the partners who pulled together in 2021 to support our community over yet another pandemic year.  We love that our members, volunteers, sponsors, … more
You are probably wondering why your new Bentley is taking so long to arrive, aren’t you?   Well, it is one of the 4,000 cars on “Felicity Ace,” a cargo ship on fire near … more
Every Tuesday I proofread The Leader from cover to cover and crossed my fingers that I didn’t overlook anything. But I missed this issue, the one you’re reading right now, because … more
I am writing to convey my disappointment at the Leader’s story regarding the proposed Jefferson County fireworks ban. We heard from our county commissioners, county prosecutor, and fire … more
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