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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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The old dump truck

By on March 23, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The old dump truck

By Carolyn Black Every little boy knows, without being taught, how to make all the sounds of a truck, the shifting of gears, the gunning of the engine, honking of horns and the list goes on. They all dream of … Continue reading

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The hard work and disappointment of hard rock mining

By on March 23, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The hard work and disappointment of hard rock mining

By Rod Molzahn The search for gold in north central Washington began in the late 1850s when gold was found by U.S. Army troops in the streams on the north side of Blewett Pass.  By the early 1860s, white placer … Continue reading

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We’re too smart to be fooled again!

By on March 23, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
We’re too smart to be fooled again!

By June Darling Uplifting new research strongly indicates that human beings, both as individuals and as groups, show profound wisdom in decision-making.  We are largely free of bias and cognitive errors.  Moreover, researchers point out that we humans repeatedly show … Continue reading

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Ahh, good sleep! How to get more

By on March 23, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Ahh, good sleep! How to get more

By Jim Brown, M.D. As I said in last month’s article, getting adequate sleep of seven to eight hours a night is vital to our health, longevity, regulating our appetite and helping to control our body weight.  The latter is … Continue reading

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American Kestrel — a very pretty, expert hunter

By on March 23, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
American Kestrel — a very pretty, expert hunter

By Bruce McCammon Known by the Wenatchi/P’Squosa peoples as “Liklik,” the American Kestrel is America’s smallest falcon.  Falcons are known for their flight speed. The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird in the world, capable of diving at 175 miles … Continue reading

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Don’t panic, the good life is still waiting for us

By on March 23, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t panic, the good life is still waiting for us

By Mike Cassidy Editor As we put the final touches on this issue of The Good Life, the news on the state, national and world front keeps getting more and more dreadful concerning  novel coronavirus. It has the nature of … Continue reading

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Aging (gracefully) with dogs

By on February 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Aging (gracefully) with dogs

By James Brigleb My parents had some friends who were a bit older than they, with no children at home.  We visited their home when I was perhaps 12. The couple had a Pomeranian named Teddy. The wife, Gerry, spoke … Continue reading

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The changing names of local towns

By on February 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The changing names of local towns

By Rod Molzahn The 1880s and 1890s were a time of town building in north central Washington.  Settlements became villages, then towns, and during that process town names often changed. A small gathering of prospectors’ and trappers’ tents and shacks … Continue reading

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Don’t waste your suffering

By on February 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t waste your suffering

What knocks us down can also lead us back stronger than ever By June Darling “When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering…”  — Meng Tzu, The Book of … Continue reading

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Sandhill Cranes: A life-changing experience

By on February 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Sandhill Cranes: A life-changing experience

By Bruce McCammon If there is one bird that is responsible for my interest in birds and bird photography, it is the Sandhill Crane.  My interest in photography goes back to my youth. I scanned photo magazines for dramatic landscapes … Continue reading

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Adversity requires rethinking about The Good Life

By on February 25, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Adversity requires rethinking about The Good Life

By Mike Cassidy Editor Columnist June Darling writes this month that adversity in life — while never popular with most of us — is key to growth. “…the highest levels of growth and development are ONLY open to those who … Continue reading

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‘On the drift’ — Searching for a home in NCW

By on January 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
‘On the drift’ — Searching for a home in NCW

By Rod Molzahn Lewis Detwiler began his migration west in 1866 when, at age 16, he left his home in Pennsylvania.  He set off to find relatives in Wisconsin and Illinois. The trip took about a year as he stopped … Continue reading

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What’s bugging you in bed?

By on January 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What’s bugging you in bed?

By Jim Brown, M.D. In the past decade there seems to have been a resurgence in bed bug issues.  Some have suggested it is an epidemic.  Bed bugs are parasitic insects that live on human blood. They are small, round, … Continue reading

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Do you want a better marriage?

By on January 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Do you want a better marriage?

For starters, as June learned, try being a little less mean By June Darling Our children have asked my husband and me what we are most proud of. We both answer, “Our marriage.” Let me start by reminding you that … Continue reading

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Be wise, take a perceptive look at an owl

By on January 27, 2020 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Be wise, take a perceptive look at an owl

By Bruce McCammon I believe that owls are rather special birds.  They have a reputation for being wise and are frequently used in modern commercials to represent a figure of knowledge.  Beyond their symbolic nature, owls have distinctive physical characteristics. … Continue reading

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Car stories: There was this time…

By on January 27, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Car stories: There was this time…

By Mike Cassidy Editor Reading Vicki Olson Carr’s story this month about Leo Miller and his car museum in Chelan turned my thoughts to some of my cars, especially, my first car. It wasn’t even my car, it was my … 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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