"Live a good life, and in the end, it’s not the years in the life, it’s the life in the years."

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Opening shot: Warmth at minus four

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Opening shot: Warmth at minus four

 By Marc Dilley  Photographing mist and ice at sunrise on our local rivers is a decades-old ritual for me.  This image was shot along the banks of the Wenatchee River near Peshastin on the 5th of January, 2017.  With a … Continue reading

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Boat refurbishing project went off course, but finally makes it to the dock

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Boat refurbishing project went off course, but finally makes it to the dock

By Len Pugsley In 1992, my wife Lise and I purchased a 1931 wooden boat that had a ton of history — including during WWII — and thought I would refurbish it in my backyard shop in East Wenatchee and … Continue reading

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Best Day entry: Oh, what a high after talking my wife into parasailing

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Best Day entry: Oh, what a high after talking my wife into parasailing

We asked readers to tell us about their best day in 2019. Several responded, and here are their stories By Mike Tipton It took some groundwork and persuasion over the course of several years to set up my best day … Continue reading

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Best Day entry: With volunteers like these, every day is the best

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Best Day entry: With volunteers like these, every day is the best

By Ceci Wood  Just last week, a friend I hadn’t seen in quite awhile stopped by my office, just to say “Hi” after visiting a relative in the hospital.  My friend asked me, “What do you do here?” and after … Continue reading

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Best Day entry: The best day is when you’re told you have more days

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Best Day entry: The best day is when you’re told you have more days

By Diana Rigelman It’s a challenge to pick a best day in 2019, because many days had times of inspiration and victory.  Small moments can make big memories too. Like color splashed across Wenatchee skies or the gift songbirds bring.  … Continue reading

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Best Day entry: Traveling through rugged and awesome Northwest Passage

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Best Day entry: Traveling through rugged and awesome Northwest Passage

By Gretchen Barkmann It wasn’t just one day, it was a series of days. It was a bucket list trip as I’ve always been intrigued by the fabled Northwest Passage.  Maybe it is because I’m a person who thrives in … Continue reading

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Best Day winner: Just by chance… leads to hike into the Fiery Furnace

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Best Day winner: Just by chance… leads to hike into the Fiery Furnace

Linda Hightower I found myself in the Fiery Furnace on my best day in 2019.  My husband Keith and I planned our trip to camp for five nights at Arches National Park months before when we made reservations, but hiking … Continue reading

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Best Day entry: Standing tall in the dark times, celebrating the tree of life

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Best Day entry: Standing tall in the dark times, celebrating the tree of life

By Linda Reid June 12, 2019 was a day when improbable joy became a reality for our family.   After the unexpected death of her husband in 2012, we had walked with our daughter and her young children on a long … Continue reading

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Best day entry: Unfinished craft projects? We were up for the challenge

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Best day entry: Unfinished craft projects? We were up for the challenge

By Carolyn Black Moving is always a chore. So many decisions, so many things to do and most of all, so much sorting and choosing.  We recently moved to Wenatchee, and discovered that we not only had lots and lots … Continue reading

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Best day entry: Up through the scree, proving I’m greater than my fear

By on December 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Best day entry: Up through the scree, proving I’m greater than my fear

By Carolina See The most common reaction in a fear situation is the attitude of “I can’t!”  This is the fear of failure that stops us from taking action. It is experienced in the pit of your stomach.  When I … Continue reading

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Croatia by bike, boat and foot

By on December 22, 2019 in Travel with 0 Comments
Croatia by bike, boat and foot

Where people are friendly, food tasty and views right out of The Game of Thrones By Shelly Kill We all have bucket lists of things we want to do, places we want to go, and things we want to experience.  … Continue reading

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Ada Bonnett — At 13, an inspiring and well-rounded athlete

By on December 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Ada Bonnett —  At 13, an inspiring and well-rounded athlete

By Sarah Shaffer Question: Tell us a bit about yourself. Answer: I just turned 13. I was born in Moscow, Idaho when my dad was in veterinary school at WSU.  When I was 2 years old, we moved to Bozeman MT, where … Continue reading

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A family’s 2020 vision

By on December 22, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A family’s  2020 vision

Clearly it’s a good year for change By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin and Shannon Lone Four years ago, beginning to feel cramped in their East Wenatchee condo, Greg and Shannon Lone and their young daughter Hali searched for a larger … Continue reading

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Wasn’t yet time to give up on my horse dream

By on December 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Wasn’t yet time to give up on my horse dream

By Melanie Schoonover I was born with the horse gene, so they say.  Ever since I can remember, I loved horses.  As a child, it was the one thing I asked my parents for over and over again. Growing up … Continue reading

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Artist Updates

By on December 22, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Artist Updates

By Susan Lagsdin Every year, we like to chronicle the progress of a few people from Chelan and Douglas counties who’ve been featured in past The Good Life artist profiles.  It’s tough to choose from the rich trove of creative … Continue reading

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Dog cartoon

By on December 22, 2019 in Cartoons with 0 Comments
Dog cartoon

What to do around Wenatchee in January

By on December 22, 2019 in Events with 0 Comments

Holidays on Ice, now until late January weather permitting. Outdoor ice-skating at Lions Club Park, Leavenworth. Skate rentals are on site. Info: theholidaysonice.com. Homegrown Oldies Jam, every first and third Monday, 7 to 10 p.m. Riverside Pub. Cost: free.  NCW … Continue reading

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Feeding the pigs

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Feeding the pigs

By Carolyn Black Many years ago, we lived out of town in the country where we could raise pigs without offending too many neighbors.  We started out with a pair (wonderfully named by our kids, Pork and Beans).  The pigs … Continue reading

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Married at 16, and on to homesteading

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Married at 16, and on to homesteading

The Richardsons – A pioneer family that grew apples and a bushel of kids By Rod Molzahn Ida Olivia Meacham was 16 when she married 30 year-old George Thomas Richardson on Nov. 29, 1877.  That day they became partners in … Continue reading

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Before you take that next drink…

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Before you take that next drink…

Alcohol in excess can speed aging, weaken our immune system By Jim Brown, M.D. Alcohol has a number of effects on our bodies as well as playing a significant role in our aging process.  In the recent decade, some articles … Continue reading

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Recipe for the good life in 2020

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Recipe for the good life in 2020

Maybe spend less time alone, laugh more, find happiness in the little things and stop glorifying being busy By June Darling In one direction 30 or so bodies jiggle, jump, and jive in water-aerobics. They are surrounded by 70 or … Continue reading

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Great Blue Heron: An echo of the prehistoric

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Great Blue Heron: An echo of the prehistoric

By Bruce McCammon You may have seen a Great Blue Heron standing patiently at water’s edge — hunting, sleeping, or posing.  You may see one or two flying overhead, legs dangling out the rear and the head pulled into the … Continue reading

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Merrily, life is but our dreams

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Merrily, life is but our dreams

By Mike Cassidy Editor The little diesel engine on our sailboat had quit a couple of hours ago, our sail sagged against the mast on this windless late afternoon, an emergency boat towing company we had called was busy on … Continue reading

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December 2019

By on December 19, 2019 in Past Issues, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
December 2019

Early one morning outside a bowling alley, this writer discovers that “compassion is compassion” • Sharing BBQ love with the world • 12 climbers, 12 stories • Old lookout becomes new place to stay overnight • Learning to drive an … Continue reading

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One fine day

By on November 24, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
One fine day

By Leonard Harris For years, I have enjoyed climbing Saddle Rock, however after my last hike I sat on the tail gate of my pickup and wondered if maybe I should look for less physical and more age appropriate challenges … Continue reading

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Merry Maids December

By on November 24, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Merry Maids December

BBQing for the world to see

By on November 24, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
BBQing  for the world to see

How I decided to share barbecue love on YouTube By Gary Taylor Barbecue — the word elicits a powerful image in the minds of many Americans and as I’ve learned, people from around the world.  For me it conjures memories … Continue reading

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