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Days of cards and molding

By on July 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Days of cards and molding

By Donna Cassidy I’m a grandmother four times over, and most weekdays, I babysit my only granddaughter, who is a few months past her second birthday. On a walk the other day, she was excitedly running ahead of me towards … Continue reading

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Useful information from 1884

By on July 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Useful information from 1884

By Rod Molzahn Chas. E. Houghtaling in Albany, New York copyrighted and published his Handbook of Useful Information in 1884. It must have been a hot seller. Houghtaling published revised editions in 1885, ’86, ’88, ’91 and 1905. The 1905 … Continue reading

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Play more to live better and happier

By on July 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Play more to live better and happier

By June  Darling The clock says a bit past midnight, then 2 a.m., then 4. What is keeping me awake? The thought of the legacy I want to leave to my grandkids — meaningful, useful guidance toward living a good … Continue reading

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How old is old?

By on July 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How old is old?

By Jim Brown, M.D. As a retired senior and former physician, I am well aware my chronological age (birth to today) has already exceeded what once was my life expectancy. The World Health Organization characterizes old age as starting at … Continue reading

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Western Tanager often winter in Central America

By on July 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Western Tanager often winter in Central America

By Bruce McCammon Have you ever stopped to think about why we only see some bird species during short periods each year? Migratory birds pass through our area each year as they move to their breeding grounds and then return … Continue reading

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Don’t let the years stop the yearning

By on July 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t let the years stop the yearning

By Mike Cassidy Editor History columnist Rod Molzahn deviates from writing about local history this month to sharing tidbits from a book popular around the turn of the 20th Century. The Handbook of Useful Information was first published in 1884 … Continue reading

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Wishing for a picnic

By on June 26, 2021 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Wishing for a picnic

By Susan Sampson The social event I miss the most won’t be coming back, even when COVID-19 is crushed, unless I organize it myself.  I’m talking about those idyllic summertime group picnics.  For me, picnic season started on July 4, … Continue reading

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Calling Wenatchee, in 1928

By on June 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Calling Wenatchee, in 1928

By Rod Molzahn The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, headquartered in Seattle, brought the first telephone service to Wenatchee in 1900.  Phones were installed in homes and businesses in the town core at reasonable cost. For ranches outside of the … Continue reading

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Don’t get mad, instead get more flexible

By on June 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t get mad, instead get more flexible

By June Darling It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. — Mark Twain The interaction starts out rather normally, even pleasantly. Within minutes of hearing this … Continue reading

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Our thyroid, small but mighty

By on June 26, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Our thyroid, small but mighty

By Jim Brown, M.D. I have been thinking about the thyroid gland lately.  Not long ago, a friend had thyroid surgery for cancer of the thyroid. She did well, thank goodness.  According to the National Institutes of Health, there are … Continue reading

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Wood Duck: A stunning beauty that nests in trees

By on June 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wood Duck: A stunning beauty that nests in trees

By Bruce McCammon You’ll be hard pressed to find any waterfowl that are more stunning than Wood Ducks.  The non-native Mandarin Duck will always stand out due to its beauty but the male Wood Duck will always impress anyone with … Continue reading

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Surviving those bicycle years

By on June 26, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Surviving those  bicycle years

By Mike Cassidy Editor Some issues of The Good Life turn into theme issues without us even thinking about it. We didn’t expect to have two fun bicycle stories in this issue — but we do. Writer Linda Reid stumbled … Continue reading

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I’m talking, are you listening?

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
I’m talking, are you listening?

By G. Wayne Hawks Hello! Long time no talk.  How have you been? We’re pretty good this end. Like you, we’ve about had our fill of COVID!  So, I wanted to chat a little with you about communication. As you … Continue reading

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The children of Wagnersburg

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The children of Wagnersburg

By Rod Molzahn In 1895, Ernst and Mary Wagner with all their belongings paddled a large raft from Orondo across the Columbia River and claimed a 320-acre homestead six miles below Entiat. They called it Wagnersburg.  Three children came with … Continue reading

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Driving ourselves out of a languishing rut

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Driving ourselves out of a languishing rut

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.  — Paulo Coelho,  Brazilian writer By June Darling In the driveway sits a 2016 Dynamax Isata 24-foot Diesel class C motorhome.  We did not know we were looking for it … Continue reading

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Thoughts on universal healthcare

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Thoughts on universal healthcare

By Jim Brown, M.D. Since I retired many years ago, I have been very grateful I have Medicare.  In addition, I have a USAA medical supplement that costs my wife and me $227.63 monthly and is taken out of our … Continue reading

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Anna’s Hummingbird: Moving north, to our delight

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Anna’s Hummingbird: Moving north, to our delight

By Bruce McCammon Hummingbirds are amazing.  Everyone I know seems happy when they see one of these tiny birds hovering next to a fresh flower blossom.  Their fast wing-beats and quick motions easily catch our eyes as we watch them … Continue reading

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You hikers, get off my lawn

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
You hikers, get off my lawn

By Mike Cassidy Editor I’m a landowner — in truth, a pretty small acreage landowner in the bigger scheme of things  — but there are times when strangers appear to be veering towards my holdings, and a part of me … Continue reading

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Homage to the humble chicken house

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Homage to the humble chicken house

By Susan Sampson The annals of American architecture picture such treasures as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello that you can see on the back of a nickel, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water house that straddles a waterfall, and Queen Anne-style cottages trimmed … Continue reading

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Building bridges to connect NCW

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Building bridges to connect NCW

By Rod Molzahn North central Washington is a land of flowing water. Rivers, streams and creeks flow through and from every valley and have sustained the people in them for thousands of years.  For all those years the rivers, streams … Continue reading

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We have all been in dark places

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
We have all been in dark places

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.”  — M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled By June Darling My husband, John, and I are still processing a car accident we had a few days … Continue reading

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Common diverticulosis can lead to pain

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Common diverticulosis can lead to pain

By Jim Brown, M.D. Diverticulosis of the colon is a relatively common condition.  In fact one half of people over age 60 have this condition. In most of them it is without symptoms.  This is a condition where small pea-sized … Continue reading

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Black-necked Stilt: An elegant bird

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Black-necked Stilt: An elegant bird

By Bruce McCammon April and May are peak times to see Black-necked Stilt in central Washington.  It is entirely possible that you will need to get in a car and drive to see these delicate, seasonal birds. I think that … Continue reading

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We cluck for chicken stories

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
We cluck for chicken stories

By Mike Cassidy Editor I never knew chickens were so popular. Oh, I like to eat fried chicken and the eggs live hens produce, but beyond idly thinking that “someday” when I move to the farm in my dotage it … Continue reading

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Wenatchee Flat: From horse racing to apples

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Wenatchee Flat: From horse racing to apples

By Rod Molzahn Philip Miller had a fine view.  His homestead was at the southwest corner of the Wenatchee Flat where the flat begins to climb into the foothills. He looked north across the flat with Burch Mountain in the … Continue reading

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Spilling watermelons across the nation

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Spilling watermelons across the nation

by Bill Landsborough I am a retired, long haul, owner-operator truck driver.  I have hauled every commodity known to man from pipe to onions, military tanks to dog food, smashed cars to logs for custom homes and everything in between.  … Continue reading

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See the value in the dark side emotions

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
See the value in the dark side emotions

“Don’t fight against negative emotions — it’s exhausting. Try to embrace them instead.” ― Anoir Ou-Chad, writer By June Darling I am listening to my husband, John, explain what would help him live more of the good life.  “Give me an … Continue reading

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Colon cancer: Not just for older people

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Colon cancer: Not just for older people

Editor’s note: March was the national Colorectal Cancer awareness month. By Jim Brown, M.D. I suspect most people if they think about colon cancer think it is something that primarily affects older people or seniors.  Not too long ago, popular … Continue reading

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American Goldfinch — a beauty of a state bird

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
American Goldfinch — a beauty of a state bird

By Bruce McCammon The American Goldfinch is one of the most common birds in our area.  This bright bird is easily seen and appreciated by everyone. You’ll see them high in trees, flying as an undulating group, or at feeders.  … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Postman, send me a letter

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Dear Mr. Postman, send me a letter

By Mike Cassidy Editor I am at a children’s park watching my almost 2-year-old granddaughter fly down a blue plastic slide.  I take a picture at mid-slide point of her with a nervous smile on her face from enjoying the … Continue reading

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