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The train pulled into the Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s central station, just before noon. It was Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1968, a balmy day under a deep-blue sky, and I was on the first leg of my slow, … more
Passing through Check Point Charlie into East Berlin prior to 1990 was like Dorothy waking up back in Kansas in the final scene from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”West Berlin, like … more
The procrastinator’s spirit animal is the crow. Back in fourth century Armenia, as the story goes, a wicked crow looked up and wheedled a Roman centurion named Expeditus into putting off … more
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But what if there is a way to just ditch the coal and switch over the turbines to hot water from the ground? Quaise Energy, a startup company that … more
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My daughter turned 1 just two days after Gov. Jay Inslee issued the first stay-at-home orders of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. We opened birthday presents with family on Facetime and she had … more
Spring is upon us and summer is fast approaching. The glowing faces of daffodils greet me on these longer days, while our pond is alive with the cacophony of a family of geese who have made a new … more
I recently had occasion to read step two from a 12-Step program: “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” I thought about those words, … more
Even before I left Texas, I was pretty much a wild-eyed, tree-hugging, bleeding-heart liberal. Having spent my teaching career in schools that served singularly needy neighborhoods, my liberal bias … more
I want to thank all the teachers, counselors, various council members and pastors in the Gig Harbor-Key Peninsula area who reached out to me after reading my first column (“Being … more
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An old pal of mine asked me to do him a favor a couple years ago and come talk to a freshman composition class at the university where he was a dean. It would really help him out; his department had … more
Every night Violet’s dad reads “Go, Dog. Go!” at bedtime. Over time the story has grown, nearly doubling in length with the addition of words and lines that Violet has come up with … more
This school year has been something different. Back in classrooms, but with masks? And the shock of returning as a junior at Peninsula High School after only one in-person semester freshman year. … more
As some of you may recall from earlier columns, we migrated north a few years ago and continue to delight in the many ways our new home enriches us. Here I’d like to make another observation. I … more
On the last Saturday of January, before the sun peeked over the mountains, I dragged myself out of bed to join my mom on her crusade to pick up litter. Not just any litter either, it was the crème … more
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Three meals a day are served in the dining room at the independent living facility where I live. Recently at lunchtime I noticed a new resident sitting alone. After I asked her if I could join her, I … more
Since we’re continuing to dump greenhouse gases into our air that come from our use of fossil fuels, the Earth really is getting warmer. The average … more
Every day I hear people demanding their rights. It’s my right to a living wage, affordable housing, health care, food, free education, high-speed internet — the list seems endless. And … more
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