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I’m cooking Italian all summer, and planned a staycation to coincide. I’m calling it la mia cucina estiva, my summer kitchen. Why Italian? I fell in love with the history and … more
Once again, a large colony of Caspian Terns is preparing to nest at Rat Island, the small sandbar between the Fort Flagler beach campground and Indian Island. Over 700 birds were present in early … more
As a species who possesses the ability to reason, we humans still haven’t figured out how to stop creating so much non-compostable waste.  In America, with a population of 330 … more
Soccer, rugby, cricket, and so many other games I do not totally understand yet enjoy watching and would have enjoyed playing in my younger days. Well maybe not cricket. Upon reflection, I think … more
Car (Radio) Talk: There will be something missing if you buy a new Tesla or Ford or several other electric vehicles: an AM radio. BMW, Mazda, Volkswagen, Volvo, and others are also removing AM … more
OK, wake up now my friends. The weather is turning great and the fun things are starting to happen. The Rhody Festival weekend or Chautauqua Week or an event filled several days last week and … more
I’m beginning to seriously wonder just how the city measures its needs and goes about setting its priorities. At the moment, it is charging ahead with plans to build a new pool for $38 … more
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
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