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Adaptive gardening has much to offer gardeners of all ages, interests, and abilities. Balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility can be compromised by physical limitations at any age — from … more
I’m reading two cookbooks by Faith Heller Willinger: “Adventures of an Italian Food Lover” and “Red, White and Green - The Italian way with vegetables.” It’s one … more
The ability to cope in an effective manner with what life places at your feet largely defines your mental and behavioral wellness. In 2023 mental health became a topic of priority for our very … more
It was not an easy journey but we are tough. Thirteen hours on the plane from Christchurch to LA is not included in the definition of torture but, just sayin’. After arriving home, I … more
Our last week in New Zealand continued with folks, just like all over the world, claiming the weather is never like this. They said it was going to rain, and it hardly ever did. Pretty nice. … more
Comic Strips Live: My morning daily online-news routine goes like this: The New York Times (with Wordle and Spelling Bee) followed by The Guardian, Google News and then … the most satisfying … more
The second week of our grand adventure in New Zealand featured some characters who may actually represent all of the disparate people of the country. We spent five days traveling from Christchurch … more
Sautéing has a powerful mystique in the culinary world. Somehow, if you know how to cook with a little fat in an open pan, over a relatively high heat, allowing the food to brown and not burn … more
April is Native Plant Appreciation Month in the state of Washington — home to more than 3,000 native plant species.  “It’s a time to celebrate Washington’s native … more
Dot’s Right, as famed San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen used to say when leading off his trademark ellipsis-driven, multi-item columns: Keep on Truckin’: Am I the only one … more
The social season may have hit the “post-COVID” stride with the return of the annual Ludlow Maintenance Commission reception at the Beach Club. The reception is held the day before the … more
My daily cooking has a rhythm and flow, meals come together at regular times, there’s lots of variety and delicious seasonal variations of meals. I cook most everything from scratch, making … more
"After 10 years of working on many of the classic yachts and wooden boats in Port Townsend, which Port Townsend is famous for, I can't help but point out the obvious: This town has a lot of wealth … more
The transportation beliefs we have, and the resulting policies, funding, and ultimately, infrastructure, affect all aspects of civic life, including human and climate health, housing costs and … more
On the far side of open pasture, the trail curves and under a hedge of thimbleberry canes, I see emerging stinging nettles.   They’re the perfect size for harvesting. I’ve … more
Every year, the Washington Post runs a clever wordplay contest that asks readers to coin new words using existing ones. These are always amusing. Some of my recent favorites:  — … more
A volunteer program with a fabulous payoff, right here in east Jefferson County. No, I am not talking about John English’s poker-playing skills, or lack of same. However, I am appreciative of … more
Yep, I am out of it. In the ESPN Men’s Tournament Challenge, I rank 8,015,062. What a year for the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament. If you follow this tournament and wasted any time … more
Years ago, a friend who owned an Italian restaurant taught me how to line baking pans when roasting veggies, and avoid nasty clean ups. I was grateful and bought parchment paper by the rolls. Last … more
Hard to believe video games have recently turned 50. Thank Atari, for the very first one, Pong. I remember well the first time I saw that pioneering game. This was late 1972. I was in … more
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