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Unexpected $$$

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Unexpected $$$

By Darlene Matule As a writer, I have to admit some of my best ideas come from surprising sources.  Like my husband… My Facebook likes include pretty shoes, Norwegian travel ideas, and Blue Bloods tidbits. Steve gets posts from Florida … Continue reading

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Dr. J.I. Pogue – Renaissance Man

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Dr. J.I. Pogue – Renaissance Man

By RodMolzahn In January of 1888, Dr. Joseph Pogue ordered apple tree whips from the Atlantic Nursery in Iowa.  They were shipped by train to Spokane then loaded on wagons for the trip across the Big Bend to Wilbur. They … Continue reading

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How you ‘see’ affects how you think

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How you ‘see’ affects how you think

By June Darling Big philosophical questions whiz around in my brain — what is true, what is fair?  You might be wondering what prompts this deep state of pondering.  You might be assuming it is being provoked by the pandemic, … Continue reading

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Do unto others

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Do unto others

By Jim Brown, M.D. Many of you, I suspect like me, have been shocked or at least surprised by the racial divisiveness that has become more apparent in our country. I decided to share some of my thoughts and experiences … Continue reading

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Sage Thrasher — Their song goes on and on

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Sage Thrasher — Their song goes on and on

By Bruce McCammon In the summer, Sage Thrashers visit the shrub-steppe communities of north central Washington.  The Sage Thrasher is a robin-sized bird with a 12 to 13 inch wingspan.  Their back is a dull gray and the breast and … Continue reading

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Now, for something totally different

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Now, for something totally different

By Mike Cassidy Editor Last fall, when our one — and likely only — granddaughter was approaching six months old and her parents needed to go back to work, my wife, Donna, volunteered to babysit the tiny tot if her … Continue reading

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Free hot water — what’s not to love!

By on July 25, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Free hot water — what’s not to love!

By Carolyn Black There are some schools of thought and science that almost no women and only a few men took back in the ’60s.  The farm we bought and moved to offered endless chances to experiment with many of … Continue reading

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Chief Harmelt believed white man’s promises

By on July 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Chief Harmelt believed white man’s promises

By Rod Molzahn “I did not come here to lie to anybody. I have come here with a true, honest heart. I would like to have you listen to what I have to say. You can’t make me believe that … Continue reading

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When does an older person become old?

By on July 25, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
When does an older person become old?

By Jim Brown, M.D. There are commonly used definitions or perceptions of “old age” but there is no general agreement on the age when someone becomes “old.”  Our biologic age is not synonymous with our chronologic age, which is our … Continue reading

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Keep your head, heart and body in the game

By on July 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Keep your head, heart and body in the game

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.  — John C. Maxwell By June Darling How do we re-imagine and re-think the good life during this global time of suffering when much is cordoned off, upended, scary and out of our control?  … Continue reading

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Black-headed Grosbeak — is that a drunken Robin?

By on July 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Black-headed Grosbeak — is that a drunken Robin?

By Bruce McCammon Imagine you are sitting in your car on the side of the road near a forested stand of mixed trees and shrubs.  You scan the area for the bird you are hearing call. The call got your … Continue reading

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Feeling down? Look around

By on July 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Feeling down? Look around

By Mike Cassidy Editor Back in the day when I was at another publication and I had reporters working for me, I would suggest that when they ran out of stuff to do at their desks, they go out and … Continue reading

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Men, women, marriage & COVID-19

By on June 22, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Men, women, marriage & COVID-19

By Jim Brigleb Despite COVID-19, there is still Good Life to be had.  What do being newlyweds and “Stay Home — Stay Healthy” have in common? I know, I know. This sounds like a reach. But follow this for a … Continue reading

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The Southside: A little piece of paradise

By on June 22, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The Southside: A little piece of paradise

By Rod Molzahn By 1889/90, all the usable land in the valley bottoms of north central Washington had been claimed, squatted on, homesteaded and settled.  Some of the last lands to be homesteaded in the Wenatchee area were the southern … Continue reading

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Don’t tell mom, but I talk with strangers

By on June 22, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t tell mom, but I talk with strangers

By Jim Brown, M.D. Most people are not very comfortable starting a conversation with strangers, but there are many benefits in speaking with others and hearing their voices.  It helps us realize that they too have a life of thoughts, … Continue reading

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Gentle words to get through a crisis

By on June 22, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Gentle words to get through a crisis

By June Darling Covid-19 continues to wear on us.  My husband and I have experienced some health concerns for ourselves and others, as well as some economic worries.  What has impacted us the most, however, is taking care of three … Continue reading

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Two doves: One native, one an intruder

By on June 22, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Two doves: One native, one an   intruder

By Bruce McCammon We have two types of doves in north central Washington: Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared Dove.  I hope this article helps you keep them straight.  The native Mourning Dove is one of the most commonly seen birds … Continue reading

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Seriously, this is no time to stop imagining

By on June 22, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Seriously, this is no time  to stop imagining

By Mike Cassidy Editor Yes, we know there is some serious stuff going on in the world. Even though many people are so “past it” when it comes to the coronavirus, the death toll worldwide keeps rising. In our own … Continue reading

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Then and now

By on May 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Then and now

By Jim Brigleb I get a kick out of Dan McConnell’s cartoon “Then and Now.”  Like other readers, I’m led to reflect on how times have changed. And boy have they. Take television for example. Are you old enough to … Continue reading

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Steam boat captains – rock stars of the upper Columbia

By on May 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Steam boat captains – rock stars of the upper Columbia

By Rod Molzahn They were a brotherhood of fearless, skilled and well-paid men who knew the river — all its rocks, snags, rapids, whirlpools and channels.  They knew how to maneuver a 300 ton, 130-foot long, four-deck, steam powered rear … Continue reading

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Walking for the health of it

By on May 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Walking for the health of it

By Jim Brown, M.D. For a decade of my writing articles in The Good Life, I have been extolling the virtues of regular exercise and walking, especially as we age.  This is not just my personal opinion, but it is … Continue reading

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Misusing our strengths can lead to problems and lack of success

By on May 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Misusing our strengths can lead to problems and lack of success

By June Darling What’s the root cause of people’s problems, lack of success and distress?  Usually, we point to a weakness, a deficiency in some area. What if we have it all wrong? What if it’s not so much about … Continue reading

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Listen carefully to soft song of Say’s Phoebe

By on May 25, 2020 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Listen carefully to soft song of Say’s Phoebe

By Bruce McCammon Of the birds that visit north central Washington during the spring nesting season and early summer, the Say’s Phoebe is one of my favorites.  This long-tailed flycatcher prefers dry, open areas and is found in prairies and … Continue reading

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From young to old, we cover them all

By on May 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
From young to old, we cover them all

By Mike Cassidy Editor 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 — … Continue reading

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‘Once I built a railroad’

By on April 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
‘Once I built a railroad’

J.J. Hill and the Great Northern By Rod Molzahn In the late 1860s, Jim Hill was a $75 a month freight clerk for a warehouse along the Mississippi River at St. Paul, Minnesota.  William Kahlow, 1890 settler in the Okanogan … Continue reading

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Costco in the morning

By on April 27, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment

By Dianne Cornell I  would like to share a “Senior” day at Costco with you.  On a recent morning my husband and I decided to take advantage of Costco’s helpful shopping for Seniors by opening their doors at 8 a.m. … Continue reading

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Finding your gifts to share with the world

By on April 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Finding your gifts to share with the world

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift; the work of life is to develop it; and the meaning of life is to give your gift away.”  — David Viscott (psychiatrist, author, media personality) By June Darling Though David … Continue reading

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Happiness during time of a pandemic

By on April 27, 2020 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Happiness during time of a pandemic

By Jim Brown, M.D. It seems strange to be writing this article in late March 2020 during the worst pandemic in most of our lifetimes.  Like many of you, I have sometimes been emotionally down and feel like my world … Continue reading

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Great Horned Owl is, well, grand indeed

By on April 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Great Horned Owl is, well, grand indeed

By Bruce McCammon Everyone seems to enjoy owls.  Our association of owls with wisdom comes from Greek mythology where an owl accompanied Athena, the goddess of wisdom.  There are 216 species of owls scattered around the globe, 19 of which … Continue reading

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All it takes is vision… and convincing a spouse

By on April 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
All it takes is vision… and convincing a spouse

By Mike Cassidy Editor Coming over White Pass — the prettiest route to Western Washington, if time is not of the essence — I came upon a Million Dollar Idea. My wife was driving and we were just a little … Continue reading

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