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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
So, is the onset of spring making you antsy to get out of your house after two-plus years of COVID isolation?  Are you new to town and itching to meet some folks? Not busy Sunday, April 16? … more
It’s madness out there.  Shortly after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill banning drag shows in public venues or non-age-restricted spaces, and totally banned gender-affirming … more
Call it my enthusiasm or maybe even my obsession. Since 1979, my auto of choice has been the Porsche 911 and BJ has endured and enjoyed me having one in the garage.  There have been five of … more
It was a day of stew, chill and damp.  I looked at Irish stews, with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, but I didn’t have mutton or lamb, and a dark beef stew was what I craved. So … more
You could call it an “education-oriented” week. Kind of.  The scheduled speaker for our weekly East Jefferson Rotary Club meeting was a “no-show” last … more
My license plate says “The Evergreen State,” and that sounds nice and green. But there’s a down side to all these trees, too. They’re impediments to reception.  Guy … more
ASB. I am told it stands for “Associated Student Body.” I suspect it is a current term for what many of us knew as the Student Council in those times affectionately known as the … more
Fungi are at the heart of life in the garden. They are neither plants nor animals, but they are essential to all plant and animal life.   Fungi were among the first complex, multicellular … more
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