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What does a day in my life look like? A black 17-year-old who lives in a predominantly white community. Well, it’s hard to explain. more
I had a poor report card once in middle school, but recent reports on how society has worked on climate change are much worse. more
Young whippersnappers can hardly believe their ears when I’m talking. It sounds like the History Channel when I trot out dinosaurs like “TV set,” “Beatles album,” … more
The oldest kid moved out this spring, the first of our offspring to leave the nest. It took a day to pack up the U-Haul and then unload it at their new place. After one last sweep of our house, I … more
I have been playing sports all my life, from water polo to flag football to golf, but I fell in love with baseball. Over the last several years, I have been so focused on my … more
The birdsong begins early. It’s better than any alarm clock. Sweeter, gentler, more alive. more
An early spring sailing regatta out of Shilshole Bay got me thinking about reassessing my definition of fun. more
My dad, Raymond Olinger, joined the Army in 1945 after graduating high school at the top of his class of 20 in Buxton County, Kansas, when he was 17 years old. He was in Minot, North Dakota, that … more
From 1995 to 2007 I was an active volunteer with the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State program. I lived in Indiana at the time and spent a week each summer volunteering at Hoosier Girls … more
I had almost forgotten about my first trip to the Key Peninsula until 2002 when I was driving my stepdaughter to a friend’s place in Lake of the Woods. more
I sure hope every one of us has a 1972 to remember. more
Another catchy title from the citiot’s desk, right? My last offering to this audience was “Math” in which I hoped to make some room in your heart for a topic that often frustrates. … more
Grandma got my 8-year-old daughter Violet a checkerboard for Christmas. She was giddy the first time we got it out, enthusiastic right up until the point when I jumped one of her pieces and removed … more
It is almost spring, and spring gets me thinking about summer, and summer makes me think about camping. more
Emerson observed in one of his early essays that when we reflect on our lives, “behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms, as clouds do far off.” more
We in the Pacific Northwest have lived in a paradise of low-cost electricity for decades. It’s a mix of hydroelectric power (75%) supplemented by wind power (10%), natural gas (10%) and nuclear … more
I was fortunate to grow up in a household where the food wasn’t always good but there was always plenty of it. more
I have cultivated a new mindset in the past months, and it has carried me through a year of difficult personal decisions. more
On the first day of the year, I stood in front of an outdoor fire and discussed the topic of delight. more
Although I do not possess the courage to make formal New Year’s resolutions, I am on the annual lookout for character flaws in myself (and others). more
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