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In predawn dark two days before Thanksgiving the streets are silent, cold rain isn’t set to arrive until this afternoon, the old boiler below sends warmth clicking and burbling through pipes … more
Another birthday! It was a big one! Not about to publicize my age but will say my grandkids are getting mighty old. On this momentous occasion I received congrats and love from my kids, had … more
According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University, we Americans eat 2.3 pounds of cranberries every year, 20 percent or 80 million pounds of them this week! There are … more
The situation in Gaza grows more horrible each hour. On the day I write this, the heads of United Nations agencies involved with humanitarian relief told the U.N. General Assembly that an … more
Re:  Port Townsend Prepares for climate change threat (Nov. 8, 2023)   The United States has per capita GHG emissions of about 18 metric tons of CO2 equivalent each year. As … more
There’s a certain odd balance this fall as the City of Port Townsend seeks to blend a dynamic future with an exceptional past. We have battles over a $38+ million bond for an aquatic … more
The door opened quietly. She entered slowly, reaching a hand down to the burlap bag hanging from a piece of clothesline pulled taut across her torso. Bending toward the brown sack, a long gray braid … more
Life presents so many opportunities for us to endure and manage personal and public change, and it seems as if this time of year holds most of them. The weather changes as it becomes gray and … more
    I write to disagree with Kirk Boxleitner's assertion in his review of Killers of the Flower Moon about Goodfellas. In Goodfellas the "toxic mobster culture" is not … more
I was as pleased to read the Editorial last week as I am to be sharing the space this week. I’ve noticed recent changes in our iconic local paper – changes for the better. I like the … more
We all know this. The older we get the more mistakes we make. (And there are plenty of friends and family willing to point them out!) I made one a couple of weeks ago that got recorded in front of … more
It was early this century and a dozen Port Ludlow folks with an artistic bent of one sort or another formed a group they named the Port Ludlow Artists League. For reasons not obvious to me, now that … more
Given her current office job, you might be surprised to learn that Jefferson County YMCA operations manager Juliet DiPietro was once heavily involved in show business.  DiPietro appeared … more
Starting a writing career as an older author was a challenge with that niggling urge to play catch up, to soothe a psyche that fretted over lost time. A talented writer friend mentioned she was … more
Dr. Linda Rosenbury talked with The Leader about some of the innovative programs and the challenges kids face in today’s learning environment. “The pandemic was a part of it but it … more
It might be October, right? The welcome Indian Summer days and nights followed by some drizzle and cool days are upon us. BJ and I are planning to plant the mums from pots into the ground, … more
“22 years and I just found the spot you were saving for me / Thanks for keeping it secret so I don’t have to share / The rock is still a little warm, so I’m going to sit here a … more
Joseph Wambaugh’s books on the camaraderie and tomfoolery of policing weighed large on my teenage mind so my first career aspiration was to be a cop. As I made my way through high school … more
Is August always this fun? The opportunities for entertainment exceed the needs of all but the most discontented sourpuss. Heck, they even exceed the indictments delivered to our former president. … more
On July 20, a seemingly ordinary day of pickleball drills took a bizarre turn when a woman brazenly stole a 3-gallon Coleman blue ice chest, packed with fresh organic produce, from under a tree in … more
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