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I think the worst thing about any chronic disease is the unpredictability of the attacks. Never knowing when it will raise its nasty head means never being able to plan, to be able to commit. Still, … more
There has been much in the news about healthcare worker burnout. Burnout has resulted in crisis-level losses of staff and expertise since before COVID-19, which the pandemic exacerbated. Addressing … more
We had a run of soil-warming sun this week, and now we’re in the high season of spring. Shovels and rakes are getting a workout, seed and plant sales are booming, and gardeners are waking up … more
The Lacey Historical Society has announced that one of its members, retired firefighter Paul R. Webb, has been selected as Ken Balsley Lacey Historian of the Year for 2024. Trustee Margie Worden … more
Introduction – In 2023 Liam Hutcheson located and documented 378 bird species in Washington, a new state record. I have asked Liam to tell write accounts of some of Washington birding places … more
It is always a difficult time in one’s life when you lose a parent. You look to them to be there for you and expect them to be around forever. But when the surviving parent dies, you begin … more
When one reaches a certain age, losses occur with a frequency that cannot be ignored. The Olympia Host Lions Club, of which I am a member, has lost four valued members in the past six months. … more
Looks like I am on a cauliflower trend, based on last week’s recipe for Cauliflower Spanish “Rice,” and today’s cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe! They share cauliflower as … more
How would you feel if you walked into a national exhibition and saw your own great-grandfather’s image and life narrative as part of the story? I would be absolutely shocked! more
Maybe you’ve heard of Chris Hyde, known locally as Souperman. Last fall, he had an idea: “Make good soup for everybody, and something special will happen.” Nearly every day, he … more
The Schmidt House hosts a monthly series of talks, and last week, I was the speaker. I had a PowerPoint presentation ready, and the slides provoked a great, wide-ranging discussion about birds. I … more
For the past 15 months, I have been engaged in photographically documenting the homeless in Olympia for The JOLT and national media .  As such, I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with … more
Every April since 1974, Global Volunteer Month is a time to recognize volunteers and people who actively support their communities, whether through volunteerism or other elements around the Points of Light Civic Circle®... more
The Lown Institute Fair Share Spending Report, 2024 healthcare legislative wrap-up, What do they mean and what can you do? more
This recipe is a delicious and healthy take on the traditional Spanish rice that my family loves to eat as a side dish with refried beans and tacos or enchiladas. more
Aided by calm, blossom-friendly weather, we’re having a wonderful run of spring-flowering trees, and the procession just keeps on coming. It’s been fun to watch the news these past couple … more
At any one time, birds such as the Sage Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow and Mountain Bluebird might all be calling. more
I am loving the sunshine we have enjoyed the last few days. Sunshine is healing for me. I have more energy and I get to spend time outdoors. I have been puttering around my garden. My chives are … more
Happy and exciting community events enrich our lives, whether we are young, old, or in between! What we may not realize or even consider is how these events come about. They take creative minds, … more
The United States Department of Agriculture just released data from its 2022 Census of Agriculture, and the news is not good for either Thurston County or Washington State. In Thurston County, … more
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