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I generally don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Gave those up years ago. That being said, lately I have become a fan of a television program called My Lottery Dream Home on the HGTV … more
Happy Holidays. I hope you are safe and warm. I know the snow is not pleasant for everyone, but I have to say I was delighted to have a real white Christmas. I have only experienced this once … more
Dear Lexis, After our family Christmas celebrations, I find myself feeling low. I’ve always loved Christmas, but this year it just seemed like there wasn’t enough time. What kinds of … more
This week I escaped from worry about omicron by dreaming about sweet peas. It’s been a very helpful strategy for seeing beyond gray cold skies, too. Sweet peas, in case you’ve … more
I’ve been receiving Grand Magazine, free, online for the past few years. It’s filled with interesting articles about intergenerational activities, problems, and solutions. In the … more
Tragedy is always a sorrowful event, but even more heartbreaking when it occurs so close to the holidays. Recently, we have seen the devastation from tornadoes in the Midwest, the strongest … more
Dear Lexis, I’m in my first year of college and I don’t know what major I should work toward. There are a lot of interesting things, but I feel that choosing one innately means … more
I know I’m a bit late with suggestions for holiday gifts for gardeners, but then, aren’t most of us running late on one thing or another this time of year? And anyway, some of my … more
 Thank You … Christmas is only a week and a half away so I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be grateful for this past year. First of all, I am grateful to God, … more
Dear Lexis, I've been working toward building a career as a public speaker, but as I get closer to success, I can't help but feel like a fraud. Who am I to be teaching people when I'm still … more
The closing of the Deschutes Parkway homeless camp last week was a real milestone for the City of Olympia in its efforts to respond to the homeless crisis.  This was the end result of a long, … more
This Thu., Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m., the community is invited to support the 13th annual United Way of Thurston County's (UWTC) Drive-Up Shelter Shower. According to the UWTC website, Shelter … more
Mike Dillon retired after many years of owning as many as six community newspapers in the Seattle area. “Starting in the early 1990s, he writes “we had a columnist, Madeleine Wilde, … more
This past week has been one of the most frustrating of my time on this planet. Last Friday, my little 10-pound Shih Tzu, Bambi, started to have trouble walking. Her balance seemed off. The next … more
This past Sunday, December 5th, was International Volunteer Day, (#IVD2021) a project of the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) which, according to their website, “recognizes and … more
The Tumwater City Council hearing on November 30, and the failing negotiation between the city and the Port of Olympia, is just the latest episode of a long debate about the New Market Industrial … more
Dear Reader, Last week was very unusual for my family and me. My husband and I participated in a seven-day workshop about embracing success. Then our entire family was diagnosed with COVID-19. … more
Robert Frost, in a poem called "Mending Wall," quotes his neighbor saying "Good fences make good neighbors." This quotation is widely accepted as wisdom. But what is a good fence? Does a good … more
 Well, we have survived Halloween and Thanksgiving. There are several other holidays to celebrate during this new month – Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa to mention a few, followed by the … 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
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