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“Time to ditch the COVID masks in San Francisco.”   That was the title of a recent, probably controversial piece by my former Bay Area newspaper colleague C.W. Nevius, who, it … more
I’ve got two juicy rhizomes on my cutting board. You’d recognize the ginger, but did you know fresh turmeric is also locally available? It’s a treat to cook with these ingredients … more
Swiss chard isn’t Swiss at all but a native of Sicily! It’s related to the beet, and in the Amaranth family. In France, the stems are coveted while they feed the greens to the chickens, … more
“May, and after a rainy spring We walk streets gallant with rhododendrons.”   – Poet Alicia Suskin Ostriker The name Rhododendron derives from the Greek rhodon … more
Sports are the news items of the day. Well, except for that Ukraine thing.  There are the predictable “feel-good” stories coming out of the Olympics currently highlighted, for me, … more
If you are a columnist producing this weekly local news(?) column focused on Port Ludlow and/or Eastern Jefferson County, what do you do if you can’t figure out what to write about?   … more
Doctor Bill’s laff clinic starts with these definitions:  Terminal illness: Getting sick at the airport. Node: I knew it. Impotent: Distinguished, well-known. Cauterize: Made … more
As you’ve probably noticed, Housing Solutions Network has launched a county-wide campaign to encourage and support people with housing resources to “share our spaces” so the whole … more
If you are 4-foot-5, can you make a living playing basketball?  Last Saturday BJ and I went with our children and their families to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Climate Pledge Arena in … more
  The new year floated in gracefully, like a flock of snow-white swans arriving from afar. For more than a week, the gift of Christmas snowfall blanketed the land, inviting us busy humans … more
  If you are a fan of pro football, last weekend could not have been better as it proved to be the clash of the titans, including a clash with the Titans, the Tennessee Titans. There were … more
As if my 75th birthday didn’t make me feel old enough, I recently received a list of albums that were released 50 years ago. Brace yourself for this partial list:  “Exile on Main … more
Winter’s here, the endless days of gray, wind, cold, and rain.  As a Northwest native, and after 28 years in Jefferson County, I’m used to it, but how to keep cooking without … more
Are you familiar with the concept of a circular economy?   Simply put, this approach addresses the idea of extending a belonging’s lifecycle by implementing practices such as sharing, … more
Things seem to be quiet and slow as we hunker down and succumb to the seemingly endless cycles of COVID spikes up and down. My efforts to find good and fun news to relate to you seem to be thwarted … more
A well-known consequence of the pandemic is that restaurants have become collateral damage. They have lost customers, changed business strategies, lost valued employees, lost money, struggled to get … more
Families and businesses across the country have been hit by higher costs and inflation in recent months. It’s left many to make some hard decisions at home — and here at The Leader, as … more
WSU Extension Master Gardeners recently gathered online for their state-wide Advanced Education Conference. Experts shared the latest research in horticulture, forestry, entomology, soil science, and … more
The new year brings a fresh opportunity to prune fruit trees to benefit their health and structure. I reached out to a fellow pruning enthusiast, Doug Van Allen, a Jefferson County Extension Master … more
We’ve been enjoying watching Ken Jennings host “Jeopardy!” and presiding over one of the highe$t winning streaks ever, this by Oakland engineer Amy Schneider. She’s still a … more
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