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Dear Lexis, My daughter has really been struggling this year. She missed out on most of the traditional events during her senior year and had to begin her first year of college online. I recently … more
When I was a young man growing up in rural Oregon, there was a term for people like me: “gun nut.”  By my twenties I had a sizable collection of rifles, pistols and shotguns. Some … more
In another life, I was the director of programs for 20 active senior communities across the great state of Texas. My role, in a nutshell, was to offer programs and activities that would keep the … more
I attended a ranger program recently dealing with Leave No Trace. The ranger showed a picture of rock art, or “ancestral inscriptions” as archaeologists often refer to the practice. … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts throughout my life, and while I’ve gotten some help from a therapist, I wondered if you have some suggestions that could … more
The time has come for the City of Olympia to Choose. On February 9th, the Council will vote on a Comprehensive Plan amendment submitted by a grassroots coalition to remove a road planned to be … more
Retirement is not what it used to be. Fewer and few retirees are going home and staying there. The fact is after retirement from one career, thousands are beginning new ones. Decades ago, Del Webb … more
The JOLT is pleased to welcome Olympia-based cartoonist Chelsea Baker, whose dull wit and sharp pen (or is it the other way around?) brings to a point issues and events relevant to us here in … more
Dear Lexis, People call me naïve.  They tell me that I don’t understand how the world works and that I should basically keep my mouth shut. I don’t understand why they say … more
I am a noodler. For those who may not be familiar with this term, it simply means “one who noodles”. Noodling is also another name for daydreaming or spacing cadet, and it can be … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been working on improving my emotional landscape, but no matter what I do I don’t seem to see any progress. I find myself losing faith. I feel like I’ve changed … more
Thirteen-year-olds can AirDrop Simpsons memes from across the room, and artificial intelligence made chess masters like Garry Kasparov obsolete. But for all our technological advances, at home, … more
Did you know that the only low-vision clinic on the west coast that offers free vision-aid equipment and referrals is right here in Thurston County? It's the Corbin Low Vision Resource Clinic, … more
Dear Lexis, I am having a problem with motivation. I know that I should focus and get to work but every time I start I find myself feeling depressed, sad, or entirely without motivation. I … more
Letter to Washington State Patrol; Mr. Turk; I have lived in Olympia for 40 years. I am writing about the illegal trespass and vandalism activity that took place on January 6 at the Wa State … more
Until today The JOLT has successfully kept our pledge to focus exclusively on local issues. We cover news, events and people in Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia and nearby areas of Thurston County. It … more
I have no sense of direction. None. Zippo. I consider this lack a birth defect and have come to terms with it over the years. When I lived in the Dallas, Texas area, I nearly lost my mind a number … more
I have to admit, I almost feel sorry for old 2020. It's been catching a lot of hate these days, and not without cause. Of course, the year we call 2020 -- with the obligatory eye-roll -- isn't an … more
Dear Lexis, I find myself feeling a bit stuck lately. Life seems to be going okay, but I don't feel particularly hopeful or happy on a daily basis. I'm not really sure why I feel this way, but I … more
One of the hardest things’ seniors have to give up in life is our car keys. With the loss of these, goes our freedom, independence and life as we know it. Either we now have to budget for … more
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