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As I entered the early stages of restless boredom, our modern conveniences conspired to provide distraction. Minor amusements were provided by the DIY restoration of the coffee grinder, a favorite chainsaw, the TV remote, a sewing machine and other malfunctioning amenities. more
Runners spread throughout southern Puget Sound, inviting headmen from the villages on the Nisqually and Puyallup Rivers, the Key Peninsula and the southern inlets, during this rainy season 166 years ago. more
Since its release on Disney+ July 3, I’ve been watching and listening to “Hamilton: The Musical” on a regular basis while anxiously awaiting the day when live theater is again a reality so I can see it in person. I was undoubtedly late to the Hamilton party but I quickly fell in love with the storytelling, the cast, the music, and the connection I felt between the show and the 2020 election already swirling around me. more
I came to Seattle in the spring of 1991 when I was 27 and somehow landed a part-time job tutoring teenagers. There was no good reason for me to be doing that, other than I’d had experience … more
The first time I swam in the Atlantic Ocean — actually, I never swam in the Atlantic Ocean or any other large body of water. When I was 6 years old a bunch of relatives on my mother’s … more
RAT 1 Hey kid, that popcorn is mine. Drop it. RAT 2 (Drops popcorn in order to speak.) Whoa, you must be the oldest rat around and I’ve seen a lot of rats in New Jersey. RAT 1 People come … more
I have given up hoarding coffee beans as a coping strategy. It was harmless and somewhat effective, but I have moved on. Learning to bake a good cake from scratch is my new diversion in this time of … more
It’s not as though Herron Island is isolated from the rest of the world. After all, our ferry, the 11-car red-and-white M/V Charlie Wells, plies the three-quarters of a mile between the island … more
Here on the West Coast, we’re witnessing the birth of an ominous new season: smoke season. more
It’s late summer, early fall. Temperatures went from the near-unthinkable 100-degree mark for a few weeks down to the 50s in the evening. It feels like a blast furnace when you walk out into … more
Nearly 150,000 people die each day around the world. On Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020 one of them was Hudson. He was 6 years old and lived across the street from us. My wife and I have known him almost … more
My daughter talked to a spider for 30 minutes at breakfast this morning. “I gave Spidey a sip of my chocolate milk!” Violet said, her grin spreading across the room like a … more
Just outside my office sits the Lakebay cemetery, a peaceful little plot of land tucked away behind a thick hedge and madrona trees. Bordered by the Lakebay Church, on a hill that backs into Mayo … more
Mindfulness can boost the quality of our lives in numerous ways. The question is, what is mindfulness? What does it do to spark “just being” in ourselves and our … more
My 4-year-old and I were talking about running and I was telling her about different sports she can try if she wants to one day, like track, swim team, crew team, volleyball, tennis, softball, … more
My 4-year-old and I were talking about running and I was telling her about different sports she can try if she wants to one day, like track, swim team, crew team, volleyball, tennis, softball, … more
Salmon and cedar were the lifeblood of Native people on Puget Sound. For the S’Hotlemamish of Minter Bay, the coho, chum and cutthroat trout runs were so productive that the villagers were … more
In the 1880 census Charles Pack, the first settler on Herron Island, was recorded as living on Ketron Island. Ketron is a small island on the opposite side of the Sound, across from Steilacoom. … more
When I turned 18, I told my dad I was never going to miss an election. Not a general, primary or special election. I grew up with parents that took their civic responsibilities seriously and I guess … more
This country is probably more divided today than it has been since the Civil War. Ten minutes on Facebook is enough to make it clear that we just aren’t getting along. Donald Trump’s … more
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