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At the Thursday, May 16th Olympia Food Co-op board meeting, I, as a member and former board member submitted a proposal calling on OFC to give the land they own at 905 & 921 Rogers St. … more
On May 14, Mayor Debbie Sullivan and city manager Lisa Parks of Tumwater announced their decision to cut down the Davis-Meeker Garry Oak tree that stands between the Olympia airport and Old Highway … 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
This week I had the pleasure of attending the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) Elders Supports and Services Event at the Little Creek Casino Convention Center, and as usual, I learned … more
Just wanted to invite you to look for our new weekly column dedicated to the happiness that is brought into our lives by our magnificent pets. Much of it will cover how we can return that joy to them … more
As we are experiencing warmer days and a peek at summer, I am introducing you to my mother’s potato salad recipe. Momo was a traditional Southern cook, and this was one of her most popular side … more
There are currently two origin stories about tomatoes. One is that they were originally the size of a berry, and grew in the mountains of Peru, where Incas began to cultivate and eat them. The second … more
What is the big deal about cities having historical societies? Well, this writer favors historic preservation for all communities and associations to promote and preserve history for all. But it is … more
Glenn Harper is a very busy man.  He works as a certified home care aide and end-of-life doula. He started hosting Death Cafes on Zoom during the pandemic about three years ago and now … more
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place,” from William Whyte’s 1952 book “Is Anyone Listening?” Margaret Schwarze, … more
Mother’s Day is coming up, and one of the best gifts I receive from my family is them coming together to make a lovely brunch in my honor. Here is a sample Menu for Mother’s Day breakfast … more
¡Hola! As we approach Cinco De Mayo (it's this coming Sunday), I thought I would share several recipes in preparation for your fiesta! I have previously posted several recipes to The JOLT … more
Tatsuya Endo created the popular manga series Spy x Family in 2019. Since its debut, it has become a worldwide phenomenon. Cloverworks and Wit Studio collaborated to bring the anime adaptation to … more
Native plants and flowers have definitely gone mainstream. In a recent Washington Post article, editorial writer Dana Milbank, whose usual beat is political and cultural analysis, reports that … more
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAF), commonly called H5NI bird flu, is a highly contagious pathogen that is deadly to domestic poultry and can wipe out flocks quickly. This disease is widespread … more
I am a little late with this information, but Earth Day was a big success in our communities. Trees hold a special place in my heart, so Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays, and clearly, I am … more
When we have steak, there are sometimes leftovers that do not have quite enough remaining for another meal. These are a great main ingredient for several entrees, including steak fajita salad. … more
In the early 1980s, The Davis Meeker Oak – a 400-year-old oak tree beside Old Highway 99 next to the Olympia airport – was in danger of being removed to improve the highway.  I … more
A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but a weed by another name is a different story. A weed known by its scientific Latin name can be transformed in our minds from a pest to a gift of … more
Sitting at my computer on a rainy day (good for gardens, but not for bird watching), I’m thinking about migrating warbler species that are arriving daily in our territory. These insect-eating … more
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