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By Bill Mann   The most promising media and political event this year may have already happened: The talented and funny Jon Stewart is coming back as host and exec producer of Comedy … more
By Jason Victor Serinus   Great art is far more than what first meets the eye or ear. The reason that Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and “King Lear” stand at the … more
BY Jason Victor Serinus   Port Townsend’s newest board/commission, the Equity, Access, and Rights (EAR) Advisory Board, is currently taking form. So far, only 10 applicants have … more
By Zhaleh Almaee   Poignant and honest, Gin Hammond delivers a remarkable piece of theater touching the heart of the complex, often painful experience of being a multicultural or … more
    They were tucked in the long, wide desk drawer bound together by a thick elastic band. Leafing through the packet, I discovered 11 years of desktop calendars. Scanning each … more
    You may think we have come quietly to the end of the football season with barely a whimper. The Seahawks did not make the playoffs. The Huskies earned a trip to the college … more
    Four years had passed since I’d lost Casey, and before him there was Sunny, the sweetest guy ever. I also welcomed Sunny’s brother, Jesse, a wonderful rascal. All … more
    A number is a mathematical object used to count, measure and label. A number can provide context, meaning, and understanding. Numbers can provide useful information beyond … more
“Life offers more to those who say yes.” This advice from a good friend made 2023 an incredible year. It brought me to The Leader last October. It sent me to Denmark or two weeks … more
The year 2024 has begun. How are you feeling about that? When, in late 2023, I asked some neighbors about what was to come, they cited the presidential election as they expressed fear, dread, … more
This is a puzzlement for many of us. And sometimes a befuddlement. I speak here of a fairly recent and positive development in the newspaper biz: the New York Times’ growing stable of … more
   Off and running! We have a new year and we now can put so much stuff into the bin of needing to be forgotten. There was the almost-in-the-playoffs Seattle Mariners. It seems like … more
As a fan of TV reruns, I admit my favorite is “The Andy Griffith Show.” I remember the Mayberry days; glad to have grown up in the 1950s, a sweeter, simpler time that my grandkids and … more
We face a world that is changing, for some too fast and others not fast enough. We are not prepared, though many in our Liberal corner of our Liberal state on the far edge of America believe we are … more
We’ve had several tough discussions over the last week having to do with words. What we name things locates them in our view of the world. We act as if words have existence of their own. … more
Sometimes I can still hear her. “Hurry up and clean your plate. Hurry up and get ready for school. Don’t be late for the dentist. Hurry up with your homework.” Grandma Nana was … more
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
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