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Dear Readers, I wanted to take some time today to introduce you to a concept that is new to me but one that I believe could be very powerful. Danny Stusser, the publisher [and interim editor] of … more
Sunday morning dawned late, cold and foggy. You couldn’t even describe sunrise as “getting light” because it really didn’t.  It only got as far as dismal grey. It … more
Well, tomorrow is  Thanksgiving. This holiday means a lot of things to me, not the least of which is my life will now begin to fly by until I wake up on New Year’s Day. Today will be … more
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day mill. Go to work, pay bills, take care of chores around the house, rinse and repeat. It’s easy to forget that the whole reason we do these … more
Dear Lexis, My wife and I have read some of your articles, and we've been trying to implement some of the techniques (meditation and kinesthetic reprogramming), but I've found that I've had … more
If there are any among you who have not read Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White, I strongly suggest that you do so this winter. Why? Because it’s wonderful.  And even if you have … more
Another Veterans Day has come and gone, and as usual, the memories came back. The uncle I grew up hearing about but never met because he was killed during World War II. My other uncles, who … more
Yesterday, November 15, was National Philanthropy Day. (If it seems like we have a lot of nonprofit celebration days this month, keep reading!) National Philanthropy Day signifies the importance … more
Dear Lexis, My boyfriend and I have been talking marriage, but he doesn’t have a relationship with my adolescent children. Would you recommend moving forward? Thanks,     … more
I am no expert on houseplants, but I have two long-term leafy housemates that have thrived for more than a decade. That ought to count for something, right? It took me years to figure out what … more
When I was old enough to become interested in newspapers, I sought out the fun news. The papers I chose were the ones that ran Erma Bombeck. Herb Caen was my go-to guy in the San Francisco Chronicle. … more
Are you starting to feel the holiday spirit? I suspect, along with the ads you are getting a few nonprofit solicitations as well. Some may be requesting donations; others may be inviting you to … more
 Dear Lexis, My husband has a really hard time understanding his emotions. It wouldn’t be a problem except for this lack of clarity makes it really hard for him to make decisions. He … more
Fall is falling faster since November got underway. Its glorious colors are moving from up in the trees to down on the ground. The infernal howl of leaf blowers is upon us. ‘Tis the season for … more
I have never met a person who didn’t have a story. But I recently discovered a new way to meet more of them. It is called The Human Library. In Denmark, there are libraries where you can … more
It’s Election Day! Not only is there news in the Washington nonprofit world but it is also a good day to review how nonprofits can and cannot support candidates. You may have seen in the … more
Dear Readers, I’m so glad to be here with you each week, and I love hearing your feedback. I’ve received so much support and encouragement, and I am so grateful to you all. But I … more
I want to bring to light the neighborhood around the new Martin Way/Carpenter Rd encampment project. I have a petition and 80 plus signatures in one day from the surrounding businesses and … more
Almost 18 months ago, I launched The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater – The JOLT – with the goal of restoring local reporting to our cities and county. I’ll admit that … more
I never thought of myself as a garden designer until one day, while reading an article on the subject in Fine Gardening, the light dawned: all longtime gardeners become garden … more
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