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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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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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When I grow up

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
When I grow up

By Constance Nelson Bean “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” was a common question for little girls growing up in the late 1930s and ’40s.  Many of us were asked such questions as young children. … Continue reading

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King Kennedy: What a showman!

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
King Kennedy: What a showman!

By Rod Molzahn Wheat harvest was in full swing on the Waterville Plateau.  The threshing machine had been shut down for a small repair and the crew took a break. With the trouble fixed, the crew boss ordered the driver … Continue reading

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My silent retreat; no news is good news

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
My silent retreat; no news is good news

By Jim Brown, M.D. Recently, I read an article by Deepak Chopra, MD, which struck a chord with me. He said, “We have sacrificed ourselves for our selfies.”  Our collective selfy, in which he was referring to our collective ego, … Continue reading

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Why helping others helps us, too

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Why helping others helps us, too

By June Darling “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”  — Dalai Lama  Over the holidays last year, we were visiting my older son, Hoby, and his family in Park City, Utah. Deep snow covered … Continue reading

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Cooper’s Hawk: Easily misidentified, yet distinctive

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 3 Comments
Cooper’s Hawk: Easily misidentified, yet distinctive

By Bruce McCammon About this time of year, we start seeing a variety of hawks and other raptors in north central Washington.  Among them is the Cooper’s Hawk.  If you feed birds at your house there is a chance that … Continue reading

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Bringing up grandbaby

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Bringing up  grandbaby

By Mike Cassidy Editor My wife has taken on the full-time job of babysitting our six-month-old granddaughter as  her parents go back to work. (Oddly, when I first wrote the above sentence, it came out… “full-time joy of babysitting…” Would … Continue reading

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The Comeback Kid(s)

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The Comeback Kid(s)

By Jim Brigleb Year 1993: My family moved to Wenatchee. Later, we moved away from Wenatchee in 2008. Now, we moved back to Wenatchee in 2019. Why? In locating to Wenatchee the first time, it followed a series of “cold … Continue reading

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Chil-co-sa-haskt — Last chief of the Entiats

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Chil-co-sa-haskt — Last chief of the Entiats

By Rod Molzahn Entiat Chief, Chilcosahaskt (no wonder white settlers called him Indian Silico), was willing to embrace most all of the Catholic doctrine he learned from Father Urban Grassi in 1874.  There was, however, one rule he could not … Continue reading

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Grateful people are happy people

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Grateful people are happy people

The trick is learning how to feel fortunate in this critical world By June Darling Years ago, I took a trip with a friend.  After we reached our destination and had dinner, she called her husband.  “Oh, honey, you would … Continue reading

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Ahhh, coffee… and it’s good for you, too

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Ahhh, coffee… and it’s good for you, too

By Jim Brown, M.D. People have been drinking coffee since the 15th Century.  Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. In fact, the most popular drinks worldwide are water, coffee and tea. It is estimated that 1.6 billion … Continue reading

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Short road trip may be best to see a Prairie Falcon

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Short road trip may be best to see a Prairie Falcon

By Bruce McCammon It was snowing on Jan. 16, 2016 as we walked through Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee.  As newcomers to the area, this trail served as a close and pleasant way to get some exercise, meet people … Continue reading

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What was your best day in 2019?

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What was your best day in 2019?

By Mike Cassidy Editor Yes, I realize 2019 has lots of fine days left, but we are starting to gather entries in our “Best Day of 2019” contest. We are looking for stories about days that popped in your life… … Continue reading

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TIPSY TALKS Learning unleashed at the Bushel & Bee

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
TIPSY TALKS Learning unleashed at the Bushel & Bee

By Jamie Howell Anthony Lubetski, 29, showed up drunk for the lecture, a little wobble in his step, soft edges where his words were beginning to blend ever so slightly into one another.  Now, that’s one thing if you’re a … Continue reading

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How to shake off negative thoughts

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How to shake off negative thoughts

October was always the least dependable of months … full of ghosts and shadows. Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist By June Darling Anna, my six-year-old granddaughter had a great time at Lego camp this year.  The problem was she didn’t realize … Continue reading

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