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  For a concept that was coined by a 1985 New York magazine cover story, the appeal of “The Brat Pack” has proven more enduring than a number of major political movements, and … more
A PBS documentary called him the wealthiest American artist ever. It wasn’t Walt Disney.  The answer: Cartoonist Charles Schulz. And I used to occasionally play golf with … more
The power went out one evening last week in Port Ludlow and it prompted a lot of activity around our house. First of all, we gave thanks to whatever being controls these things because the power … more
One of the most extraordinary birds on Earth shares the Olympic Peninsula with us but there's a good chance you're unfamiliar with it.  That's because the Marbled Murrelet is grueling to … more
In our community, there are many versions of dads in the kitchen. From professional chefs to occasional sous chefs and backyard grillers, dads who bake pies and sourdough loaves, brew ale, and make … more
"Run Lola Run" has returned to select theaters for the 25th anniversary of its American release, and rewatching it reminded me of everything that made the independent cinema wave of the 1990s so … more
The practice of permaculture was developed and nurtured by indigenous people for thousands of years. Today, permaculture combines traditional knowledge with current research, and its principles can … more
Furry companions add a great deal to a positive aging attitude. They exhibit unconditional love and they’re always glad to see you. Also, they can take you out of negative chatter with their … more
It’s an understatement to say that people around the world, and Jews everywhere, remain deeply divided by the slaughter in Gaza. One “side” continually points to Hamas’s … more
Show-Biz Extremes: Last time here we told you about my meeting the Rolling Stones and getting caught in their mosh pit, which I wrote about when I was rock critic for the Montreal morning … more
The editor has been seeking younger voices to expand perspectives in The Leader. What is it like to be 18 today? How do you prepare for the future in this complex world? How do you decide what you … more
Some things are worth remembering if for no other reason than to avoid repeating them. Like Carol in the 10th grade. I learned so many things I will never repeat. Oh well, that’s another … more
The Joy of Hand Pies   Perfect for picnics, hand pies are a global phenomenon, celebrated for their portability and the element of surprise they offer with each bite. From the Calzone … more
  Think twice before planting that exotic rhododendron if you value your wildlife.  That's because native wildlife — from ladybugs up the food chain to bears — depends … more
If ever there were a Devil, they could not have timed their diabolical deeds better. Within the same 24-hour period that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared, on a … more
My wife Susan, our pal Elliott, and I drove 130 miles last month to gaze upon Washington's largest tree, the Nolan Creek Cedar. As we neared the colossus at the end of a gravel road, the … more
By Sidonie Maroon Culinary Educator for the Food Co-op   Would you like to develop a signature barbecue sauce, but need help understanding what makes them tick? Well, I’m … more
The Rolling Stones’ visit to Seattle on May 15 has brought back memories of when I covered the Stones for the Montreal Gazette back in the day and what turned out to be a scary experience on … more
Many years ago, in the fall, BJ and I were bringing her mother home to Kansas City from her vacation cottage in Central Lake, Michigan. I was in the lead driving the mother-in-law car when I took a … more
A while back my column on affirmations aired, citing the uplifting personal statements I recited daily. In all honesty, saying I faithfully address them each day is a stretch. Lately I’ve … more
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