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December is the peak month for bird watching at Capitol Lake. This time of year the lake has many waterfowl of many species, here for their winter vacation. Most of these species breed on … more
The older I get, the more I realize how little I know. Sometimes it’s worrisome to discover I am so far out of the loop, and sometimes it comes as a delightful surprise. It was the latter when … more
I know this time of year can be a bit overwhelming. Rather than receiving tons of holiday greetings in your mailbox, instead, you get nonprofit requests for money. Instead of reading your favorite … more
In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with an abundance of fresh mushrooms, both wild and cultivated. As we move into December, there are many holiday gatherings with friends and family.  I … more
Our rose garden We might have lost our Centennial Rose Garden, which has been maintained by volunteers from the Olympia Rose Society (ORS) since 1988. Have you ever visited the rose garden? It … more
Following a recent column I received a request – “Could you please recommend some good local bird watching places beside the Nisqually area?” Here are some suggestions, including … more
100 years have passed since Walt Disney created the Walt Disney Company and I only pray that after this film that Disney will continue to give us Disney magic for another hundred years. I believe … more
If you think about it, almost all our holidays coincide with some form of giving. Thanksgiving Day we gave thanks for our families, health – in short for all our blessings. Halloween … more
Just as the Halloween candy is finally eaten up, here comes Thanksgiving, followed on its heels by the December celebrations (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve), of which … more
Congratulations, you survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, (to my knowledge the Sunday following Thanksgiving does not have a designation except National French Toast Day), … more
I hope you had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving! As the Autumn holiday winds down, yesterday I began to put away Thanksgiving decorations. In doing so, I noticed two small fresh pumpkins as part of … more
For the first time in over a decade, the U. S. Department of Agriculture has changed the “plant hardiness zones” that gardeners, farmers, and nurseries rely on to choose what we grow and … more
2023 has been an interesting year for me so far. The first six months were rough health-wise. I had some scary COPD flair-ups, one of which landed me in the hospital for a week. This was after a … more
“How did you get started bird watching?” That’s the question I’m often asked, and I usually tell the 1977 story about Evening Grosbeaks on a nearby roof – I had to know … more
I suspect food may be on your mind this week so there is no better time than to tell you about a way that you can help those in our community who may be hungry.    Home Team Harvest … more
This is my third and final Thanksgiving recipe before the big day.  My family enjoys corn pudding on Thanksgiving, but we rarely eat much corn throughout the … more
Even if you never garden, the fact that you are reading a gardening column probably means you’ll like Margaret Renkl’s new book “ The Comfort of Crows .” You don’t … more
It lasted 20 years, November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975, and is being commemorated for 13 years. That’s a long commemoration.  Can you guess what “it” is? The National 50 … more
I have been asked several times lately to recommend holiday gifts for people interested in bird watching. First, recommendations for adults – children next week: Everyone needs a bird … more
My daughter, Dana Nannetti, and I took my great-grands to the Hands on Childrens Museum last Veteran’s Day weekend to make some new memories. Prairie is five and Willow, her brother, is two, so … more
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