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

From young to old, we cover them all

By on May 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mike Cassidy

By Mike Cassidy


This is a most unusual issue of The Good Life.

We have a story about the youngest person we’ve ever featured — Leyton Pinto, who has created a YouTube site to showcase his artistic talents — and the oldest person we’ve ever had — Great-Great Aunt Dorothy, who turns 107 this month.

Leyton’s story came about when we were contacted by his manager and family friend Zoeyanne Durrer (a 12-year-old with a manager first caught our attention), who wrote us:

“I am Leyton’s manager from Leyton’s Crazy World on YouTube. He has 250 subscribers and a talented dancer, actor, singer, musician. He creates high quality videos with professional equipment. His channel is growing by the second. We think this would be a good story because it can inspire other kids to do something fun during this quarantine.”

Patricia (‘Tricia) Devereaux sent us the update about her great-great aunt, Dorothy Reed.

‘Tricia wrote a cute feature in June 2013 about her aunt turning 100, still being active, still living in her Wenatchee home.

Great-great aunt Dorothy isn’t taking the second great pandemic she has seen in her life sitting down.

As these two stories show us, whether you are young or older, there is always more to life if you push the boundaries of what is expected.

One person who tried to do a little more but ended up now doing a little less is our long-time writer Susan Lagsdin.

 Her husband (and retired veteran reporter) Mike Irwin was first with the news on April 29: “Susan was in a horse accident this afternoon in the Methow Valley. Injuries include breaks on both legs (four places) a broken scapula and several broken ribs. She was on a trail near Sun Mountain Lodge and had to be airlifted to Wenatchee hospital.”

Later, Mike added: “Susan and friend were riding about 20 minutes from trailhead when they found brush blocking the trail. She and friend dismounted to clear the trail, Susan stepped between the horses and — whammo! — her horse kicked… Just wrong place at the wrong time.”

As I write this, Susan has had surgeries on a leg and shoulder and is now in a rehab center. 

So, for the first time in 10 years or more, there are no Susan Lagsdin bylines in The Good Life.

We miss her and wish her a quick recovery. 

Builder John Sirmon talks this month about a house he and his wife created in Sunnyslope.

John started in the building industry with a real estate license, but, he said, “Growing up, my family always had home improvement projects, so it didn’t take long for me to want to do more construction than the marketing/sales. I swapped my briefcase for a tool belt. Creating is the key which transforms work into satisfaction for me.”

Take a look at his “industrial chic” creation on page 22.

Don’t let age or the coronavirus stop you from finding new ways to enjoy The Good Life.

— Mike

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