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It’s the lucky person who has childhood memories of time spent in a tree. In our family, it was a crabapple tree in the backyard that was easy to climb and a great place to disappear and read a … more
Following my own advice from an early January column, this past weekend, a friend and I drove up to the Skagit Flats, southwest of the town of Mount Vernon. My friend had never seen Snow Geese or the … more
If there is a "housing crisis" then we need more rentals.   For there to be more rentals, there must be more investors willing to tie up and risk their money.  For that to happen, the … more
In keeping with my goal of experiencing joyful things this year, I sometimes let my imagination take me where I physically cannot go. For all the wonders of my home base in Thurston County, when … more
In cold, rainy winter months it is sometimes difficult to get outside for family activities. One of my favorite January projects with my children, when they were young, was to prepare food together, … more
My brief, unscientific survey of why people garden turned up one over-arching truth: There are as many reasons to garden as there are gardeners. Each of us has our own list of explanations about why … more
Like the salmon, Billy Frank, Jr. swam against the stream, leading fish-ins and other demonstrations. And as with the salmon, the challenging journey upstream led to success. more
About two years ago, the publisher of The JOLT , Danny Stusser, had an idea. He thought his publication should include a column about birds and bird watching. Soon, we were meeting over lunch to talk … more
We are now halfway through the first month of the new year, so let’s take a look back at 2024. So far, we have had freezing weather, rain, snow, and high dangerous winds that brought down a … more
This is a savory casserole that can be a side dish paired best with chicken or fish, or as a protein-rich main course served with a green salad and crusty bread. It is warm and comforting on these … more
Bloom where you are planted. That is what Lauren Howard did, helping those near her, first her family and then those around her, throughout 21 years as an Army wife of a Green Beret soldier. She … more
I urge folks to support a new County service, the Thurston County Resource Hub. It’s geared toward people who are involved in the justice system, but services are open to anyone. The Hub helps … more
William Waldorf Astor (1848-1919) was a crazy rich gardener – or, more accurately, a crazy rich man who paid other people to garden. He was the scion of a family that took root in 18 th … more
When one reaches the third ‘30’ of life, a lot of living has taken place. When one’s family is lucky, stories, memories, and seemingly everyday events are recorded for posterity to … more
It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau It’s January 9 th and research shows that just six days from now (on … more
Happy New Year! I can’t believe we are already into the second week of January! My recipe this week is a family favorite, Eggplant Parmesan. It is the perfect comfort food for chilly days … more
It’s hard to enjoy winter, especially when it’s damp and dreary for days on end. Northwest natives often take pride in our purported fondness for this season, but right now many of us are … more
In a community grappling with the challenges of homelessness, one small school has become a beacon of hope and stability for the second-largest population of students experiencing homelessness … more
The single best Puget Sound birding area, in my view, is the Skagit Flats, located west of I-5 north of Everett. And the single best time to go there is now, in winter. That’s because this … more
And here we go again…the usual New Year's rant… things I need to get off my chest before I can happily start a new year. Once again, for the past few weeks, we have been inundated … more
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