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The future of healthcare was the topic for the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Forum luncheon. But you don’t have to take my word for it: You can watch the entire meeting on … more
Spring is finally here! (It started yesterday.) In addition to enjoying the outdoors, around this time, folks think about spring cleaning. I freely admit that we have a few closets in desperate … more
Dear Lexis, Whenever we fight my wife often asks, “would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy?” It’s effective at getting me to shut up, but I’m not sure I … more
Over dinner, a friend lamented that she usually has seeds in the ground by this time in March. She was worried about being late this year. I haven’t planted a single seed yet either, but I … more
Did you know that the Vietnam Veterans Day is at the end of this month, March 29th? Looking forward to that day, let me introduce you to Navy Lt. Ronald Jon Frederick. Frederick is a Vietnam … more
Birthdays are interesting events. We spend the first part of our lifetime saying I’m almost…and the later part I’m only… Either way, they deserve to be a celebration of … more
March is not really the best bird-watching month locally. Breeding activities and migrant arrivals are sparse, and it’s often rainy. But one of my favorite Thurston County March birds, the … more
The calendar and the flowers in my yard may be announcing that Spring is near, but you and I both know that there will still be plenty of soup days before storing our soup tureen for the summer. I … more
Dear Lexis, Every time I state my opinion, people practically yell at me saying that I’m wrong. I don’t really like feeling belittled, but I’m not sure what I can do about it. Do … more
Early March is maddening. After living through winter, when the calendar page turns to March we feel we deserve an end to cold, snow, hail and dismal skies. We want warmth – warm air, warm … more
Just the other day, six men assembled at a house in Tumwater with their hammers, drills, saws, a bunch of nails, and several feet of lumber boards. They built a wheelchair ramp, as per Americans … more
Yesterday my cats woke me up just as the day was dawning, and I clearly heard Song Sparrows and Pacific Wrens singing. They know that Spring and the breeding season will soon begin. And the first of … more
Amy Ginsburg is a Certified International Federation (ICF) Life Coach specializing in Career and Retirement. She partners with individuals and corporate clients across the globe to actualize their … more
A few weeks ago, it was ‘front page’ news that former President Jimmy Carter, 98, announced that he wishes to stay at home with his family and the support of hospice. This was his choice … more
March is all about the ladies. The entire month is Women’s History Month, and tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day. As someone who attended an all-girls school for both grade … more
Dear Lexis, How do I bring out the best in the people around me? Thanks,          ~ Looking for a change in Olympia Dear Looking,  That is an excellent … more
What’s the difference between gardening and agriculture? Is it size? Is it whether you sell what you grow? Neither, says TJ Johnson, the owner of the four-acre Urban Futures Farm on the outer … more
At the Bigelow Museum House, Cheryl Hougham is known as a super volunteer, but she is more than that – she is a treasure, a store of knowledge, and an intrinsic part of our living local … more
In talking with Liam this week, I heard more interesting stories about his Big Year quest to see and document as many bird species as possible in a calendar year. In 2022 he saw 361 species, and he … more
My yard was covered with snow last week. As I sat at my desk looking out my window, I felt a chill come over me. Not because I was cold. I was in a warm house complete with roof, walls and … more
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