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What’s your favorite rest stop on Interstate 5? Let me guess; you probably don’t have one. In fact, unless you’re a long-haul trucker or commuter, you will never have a good … more
Grandmothers get a lot of press, publicity and praise. Grandfathers, not so much. So today, I want to acknowledge the men who partner with the grandmothers to make the lives of grandchildren so … more
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Dear Lexis, It’s been a few months since I gave birth, but lately, I’ve noticed my mood getting worse. I think it might be a mild form of postpartum depression. Do you have any … more
In his book Inside Plants, A Gardeners’ Guide to Plant Anatomy and Physiology, local author Gary A. Ritchie, Ph.D., begins at the beginning. The earth, he notes, is estimated to be 4.54 … more
I stopped by the Olympia Senior Center on Monday to attend the first Low-Vision Support Group meeting since 2019. Facilitated by Resource Advocate Program Manager, Martha Worcester, this group met … more
Greetings! First, a bit of an explanation. When I initially agreed to write this column, I intended it to be similar to a column that I ghost-wrote for The Dallas Morning News, featuring … more
Dear Lexis,  What is the purpose of life? Thanks,            ~ Curious in Lacey  Dear Curious in Lacey, This is a challenging question, but one … more
Once, ages ago, I was a guest on a radio talk show in Vancouver, B. C., and a caller asked if he could grow tomatoes on his apartment balcony. I asked him what direction his balcony faced. He … more
Please indulge me as I present a most unusual view of Thurston County. Shown in the photo, it's a view from 40 miles away, about 2,500 feet high on a mountain in the Olympics.  I was there in … more
I really liked Betty White. I don’t usually write about celebrities. The Paris Hiltons and Kardashians of this world bore me stiff. Million-dollar weddings in castles and cathedrals are too … more
Happy New Year! Recently, I have seen several posts from friends suggesting that setting resolutions may be a negative action and that they prefer to choose a more positive response to the new year. … more
Dear Readers, My resiliency has really been put to the test this year.So many unanticipated things have happened.It’s been really hard to deal with, especially with a new baby. I want so … more
 January is a month for thinking rather than doing. And Mirabel Osler’s book, A Gentle Plea for Chaos, has me thinking about surprising things. For instance, who knew there is a … more
I generally don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Gave those up years ago. That being said, lately I have become a fan of a television program called My Lottery Dream Home on the HGTV … more
Happy Holidays. I hope you are safe and warm. I know the snow is not pleasant for everyone, but I have to say I was delighted to have a real white Christmas. I have only experienced this once … more
Dear Lexis, After our family Christmas celebrations, I find myself feeling low. I’ve always loved Christmas, but this year it just seemed like there wasn’t enough time. What kinds of … more
This week I escaped from worry about omicron by dreaming about sweet peas. It’s been a very helpful strategy for seeing beyond gray cold skies, too. Sweet peas, in case you’ve … more
I’ve been receiving Grand Magazine, free, online for the past few years. It’s filled with interesting articles about intergenerational activities, problems, and solutions. In the … more
Tragedy is always a sorrowful event, but even more heartbreaking when it occurs so close to the holidays. Recently, we have seen the devastation from tornadoes in the Midwest, the strongest … more
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