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Citrus fruits are the divas of the taste world, trilling notes to awaken our taste buds. They brighten, allure, and make the other flavors dance. Miraculously, amid winter’s gray, we have 10 … more
Here we go into 2022!  We tried to start the year on a positive note as we had breakfast at the Dusty Green Café at the Port Ludlow Golf Course. Early New Year’s Day we got an … more
Beginning with luscious cherries in June and finishing up with tart kiwi fruit in December, the Port Townsend Gleaners enjoyed another successful season harvesting and delivering fresh, locally grown … more
Here we are at the end of an incredible year. At the beginning of this year our optimistic attitudes, yours and mine, led us to think we had a chance for a breakout year.  Instead, we have … more
Some year, huh, 2021? A million laughs. NYTimes: “Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”   It was, to paraphrase Queen Liz, an annus horribilius pandemicus. … more
It’s late December again, the darkest time of the year. Although we sometimes dread or lament this, winter gives us an opportunity to appreciate the way our planet cycles through the seasons … more
You have stories like these, you know, the Best Christmases.  When I was a kid in Hudson, Ohio, our family had a couple of acres which included enough land for a small pasture. My folks … more
The holidays are a cherished time of year for our Main Street staff and volunteers. We have been hard at work reimagining our events and projects in 2021, figuring out ways to get together safely, … more
It’s easy to make appetizing holiday treats when you have dried figs. I recently made poached figs in my Instant Pot with orange juice and anise seeds. After poaching, I puréed them into … more
  Someone told me that the average age in Port Townsend is 55, which puts me about 30 years behind the curve. I’m not entirely sure of the accuracy of that information, but looking … more
As we reflect and take stock of this past year, of relationships built, lessons learned, and progress made, I would like to share a few reflections on what has evolved over the year in the field of … more
The trappings of Christmas are everywhere and thank goodness for them.  Without some parties to frequent in the rain, some lights to provide colorful piercings of light through the dark, and … more
Last week a longtime friend and supporter of Jefferson Healthcare stopped me as I walked down Water Street. His normally cheerful face was clouded with concern. He asked me straightaway why the … more
Christmas Car Prowl: I’ve been making my annual rounds looking for noteworthy Christmas lights locally. It’s a fine tradition here. The best I surveilled this year were:  — … more
Occasionally we’re forced to walk hastily through a doorway when we’re not ready or willing.   Staring down complex issues of inequity, climate change or COVID, it’s hard … more
  “In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” — William Blake, 1790 In the winter garden, trees and shrubs have shed their leaves, so we can admire their … more
Admiral Farragut would probably question my use of his famous phrase, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” The widely reported COVID variant of the day, or of yesterday, could be the … more
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