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Last fall my wife and I were approached by a good friend of ours who has a developmentally delayed (we shall henceforth refer to this as DD) son of … more
On a hot Saturday night in July our family ate supper a bit early and then Dad washed the dishes while Mom got the rest of us ready to celebrate the marriage of my … more
Frank Slater Civil Civics A front-page article in The New York Times April 7, 2019, entitled “A More Perfect Civics Lesson?” raised the issue of “whether the United States is a unified … more
Anne Nesbit Responding to Mental Illness Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR or at the very least call 911. How many of us would know … more
Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh Be the One Who Helps In my previous column (“Five Thoughts on the Opioid Crisis,” KP News, March 2019), I made reference to a story Jesus told, known as … more
Meredith Browand Reclaiming Mother’s Day Mother’s Day 2019 marks the 111th anniversary of Anna Jarvis creating the holiday to honor her own mother and acknowledge the profound role of … more
  Nancyrose Houston In Praise of Stinging Nettles Until last year, my relationship with Urtica dioica, commonly known as stinging nettle, was less than positive. I got to know stinging … more
Dawn Kinzel Confessions of a Newbie Farmer I gave birth to our fourth child on a Monday. On Friday we moved to the Key Peninsula. So began our crazy, exciting farming adventure on the Key. I … more
Ed Johnson On the List We had a little get together in our community in April at The Mustard Seed Project’s Crandall Center in Key Center. It was advertised as an “open mic” reading. I … more
Ted Olinger, KP News Phil Bauer at his 80th birthday party in July 2016. Photo: Ted Olinger, KP News Phil Bauer, 83, has been a staple of Key Peninsula culture for more than 30 years. He served … more
Curt Scott Just BAM It  Disasters obey Murphy’s Law: “Bad things will happen at the worst possible time.” That means you must be ready all the time. How do you do that? Break … more
Carolyn Wiley, KP News Coping with Dragons Years ago, I bought a small, exquisite piece of framed calligraphy that now hangs in my laundry room, where it speaks a simple truth:  There have … more
Rob Vajko Caring and Cared For I will be 59 in May. My mother gave birth to my brother when she was 20 years old, and to me when she was 22. My two sisters followed shortly after that. My … more
Vicki Husted Biggs The Road to Success What is the name of the ruling dynasty of Monaco? How many legs does a lobster have? Do you love trivia?  My recent trivia night experiences have … more
  Lila Saucier, Guest Columnist Hope Recovery Center is a proposed 50-bed residential and nonresidential co-occurring treatment center founded by Jeremiah Saucier and a diverse group of … more
Caleb Lystad, Guest Columnist What is the Key Peninsula? A few things come to mind: rural, beautiful, quiet, spacious, private, overlooked; a strong community rooted in old school, neighborly … more
Anne Nesbit Rising to the Occasion Rising to the occasion can be fun for daydreaming, but in the real world it rarely plays out with a fairy-tale ending. We are all capable of more than we … more
Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh Five Thoughts on the Opioid Crisis At the behest of Councilmember Derek Young, I was invited to address the 2019 Pierce County Opioid Summit in late February. … more
Frank Slater Casting a Wide Net Freedom of speech is essential to resolve the issues facing our nation today.  Some of us were raised not to talk politics or religion in polite … more
Meredith Browand Just Say Hello Just say hello. They may seem like three simple words but their impact can be life-changing for someone experiencing homelessness. When many of us encounter … more
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