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Ready for some fireworks? For more than 50 years, the City of Lacey has celebrated Independence Day a day early. Sunday, July 3rd from 3:00 – 11:00 pm at Rainier Vista Community Park, enjoy … more
Dear Lexis,  My daughter has been exhibiting some questionable behavior lately and I think it has to do with the people she hangs out with. She’s always been something of a people … more
Here comes the sun – but apparently only for a few days, so get it while it’s hot. Forecasters are predicting a cooler than normal July. Will they be right? And what about August and … more
Jays and crows, members of the Corvid Family, are among our most common birds. Most are not all that colorful, and males and females look alike. But they all have interesting stories to … more
I think it is about time we discuss how the older generation outwits the younger folks. I hesitated to share this information because I didn’t want to give away all our secrets, but then I … more
Happy Summer Solstice! Summer is finally here, and it appears at least for now the weather is cooperating with the season. Also, Namaste to all my fellow Yogis who are celebrating International … more
Dear Lexis,  My granddaughter is getting married. To another girl. And while I know this is a fairly common thing at this point, I do not support this kind of relationship. Still, I love my … more
Gary Ritchie, PhD, the author of Inside Plants, has written a Thurston County Historical Journal issue on the history of the ground on which we garden. It is a fantastic tale. If not for all the … more
There are three fairly common blue birds in our county, Steller’s Jays, Scrub-Jays, and Western Bluebirds. This week we’re focusing on the Western Bluebirds, which are smaller and the … more
An article in the recent issue of Grand Magazine addressed leaving a legacy for our loved ones. Actually, two legacies, each in in the form of wills; one dealing with your material and monetary … more
You probably are aware that today is Flag Day. (If not go here for your history lesson!) But did you know that today is also World Blood Donor Day? According to the World Health Organization, … more
Dear Lexis, I have a family member who views herself as an activist. She attends the political rallies, walks on behalf of those she views as oppressed, and stands behind the "little guy" in any … more
It’s been a difficult spring in the garden. It’s been so wet, plants that usually get powdery mildew in mid-August were afflicted in May. Ditto rust, and apparently every other fungus … more
The Swainson’s Thrush is a migratory species that winters from southern Mexico south into South America. They typically return and begin to sing the first week of June. This song is one of my … more
A few weeks ago, I suggested to my daughter and son-in-law that we might enjoy watching the Gaslit series, a show about the indomitable Martha Mitchell and the Watergate Saga. “Sure,” … more
Summer is finally here! Okay, maybe just for today. As I write this column it is sunny and the high will be 74 degrees however rain is forecasted (again!) for the weekend. I’ll happily take 74; … more
I wanted to take a little detour from the norm and ask for your opinions on something this week. A family member of mine recently became non-gendered. And while I’m generally happy to comply … more
Some days, I am struck by wanderlust. I leave the floor un-swept, a book half-read, the laundry sitting in its basket, and walk out the door. Whitney Gardens and Nursery A friend triggered this … more
Everyone loves chickadees. They’re handsome, active little birds and readily visit bird feeders in the winter. And they sing their name, “chick-a-dee, dee, dee” as if introducing … more
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