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In the garden, failure is often the best teacher, but only if you have the patience to learn from it. Last year, in the early months of the pandemic, people stripped the grocery store seed racks … more
      Kathleen Anderson writes this column each week.  Contact her at  kathleen@theJOLTnews.com or post your comment below.  more
I recently read A Promised Land by Barack Obama and learned that my perceptions of many of his actions had been based on lack of context and sparse information. He does an excellent job of explaining … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been told I need to quarantine for two weeks, but it’s not even Day One yet and I’m already going stir crazy. Do you have any suggestions about what I should do … more
This is the moment: weed now or prepare for a breakdown of law and order in the garden. If you don’t mind lawlessness and disorder, fine. But weeding early in the spring makes weeding chores … more
Over the past few weeks, I’ve often wondered: When will I get vaccinated?  I’m not the only one with questions. As Washington continues to push through phases of the vaccine … more
Entering the Age of Technology… Well, after a whole year of isolation we have made it to phase 3 – and now life begins to return to semi-normal. Vaccinated … more
Dear Lexis, I understand the value behind examining beliefs and shifting those you don’t think serve you, but I’m lost on how exactly to implement changes. Re-determining beliefs is … more
  In the late 80’s I was running a West Coast pilot program for the Area Agency on Aging, called the Home Maker Registry. The purpose of this program was to provide in-home non-medical … more
 So many of us are talking about the condition of the homeless camps, especially the trash.  Let’s decide to clean and manage them better.  We’re a clever … more
Dear Lexis, I don’t get it.  You talk about the value of beliefs and how certain beliefs can serve you better than others, but what impact does that really have on your life? Why do … more
The Sage Connection I had a birthday last week and as luck would have it, my daughter had the day off.  She wanted to take me out to lunch and told me to pick the place. After pursuing … more
Did you know there was an election yesterday, of a board of supervisors, accountable to the citizens of Thurston County, that you likely didn’t get to have a say in? And what if I told you … more
Dear Lexis, I seem to be suffering from chronic laziness lately. I’m not sure what the problem is, I know that I need to get several things done, but every time I think about it, I find … more
Dear Mayor and City Council Members:  When we moved to Olympia a year ago we were delighted that we would be living in a community with folks whose values aligned with ours, where our … more
Is there anything or one more loyal than a dog? More independent that a cat? More beautiful than an aquarium filled with amazingly colored fish? Seniors take their pets very seriously. We pamper, … more
Dear Commissioners Edwards, Mejia, and Menser, Thank you for your resolution declaring racism a crisis in Thurston County. We want to highlight one issue that needs immediate attention. Last … more
It’s no secret that the homeless camps generate a lot of interest, frustration, concern, and a whole range of emotions from local folks.  Seems there are almost as many ideas of what to do … more
Dear Lexis, I want to believe that everything is always working out for me, as you teach, but it just doesn’t seem to work. I feel like this belief is rooted in the belief that the universe … more
If I let my mind wander, (and I often do) it comes back with a plethora of strange and wonderful questions…for instance; who came up with the idea of mustard? How many mustard seeds does it … more
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