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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
To golf or not to golf seems to be the question regarding uses of the lovely chunk of open land in the center of our town. I have followed, with interest, the opinions and ideas of others on … more
Thank you for your wonderful article regarding the four exceptional students at Port Townsend High School who are building an outdoor basketball court for our community. So often, teens are looked at … more
Recently, the Jefferson County Library District was awarded $35,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funding by the county commissioners to support our Digital Equity Navigator program. Prior to that, … more
Drive carefully as our new fawns are coming soon.  It is estimated that 120 humans are killed annually nationally by deer mostly running out in front of our cars.  Good to slow down … more
In the March 29 issue of The Leader, an op-ed piece appeared which joined the words “extremism” and “tribalism,” both used in a pejorative sense to reflect the writer’s … 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
Gabe Van Lelyveld’s letter on March 29 falsely claims a $42,000 average subsidy for the golf course. If we assume he is right and given our population of 10,000-plus this works out to less … more
I read with great interest your article about the guy who carved a cedar tree into a “Raccoon Lodge.”  Wow! Awesome!  I saw a tree stump to the right. This is a perfect … more
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