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In mid-July we lost our elderly French Alpine goat, Sophie. It got me thinking about the role that death plays in our little homestead here on the KP. We got Sophie along with her daughter … more
I have spent most of my life teaching in one form or another: young kids, college kids and professionals. I tried to be good at it, but my memory cherishes only a few real successes. I can still see … more
I don’t remember meeting Phil Bauer. I think that is because I felt like I always knew him.   He was always around: at board meetings, fundraisers, parties. Here we are serving food … more
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I moved to Herron Island from Seattle around 2015 after being a weekender for years. The Key Peninsula had been flyover country for me until that time, but once I made the move the place and its … more
Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. That warning is a paraphrase of a passage from the Gospel of Matthew. As a much younger man I made my living as a carpenter. It seems like a lifetime ago, … more
During a recent chat with my 14-year-old niece, I was surprised to learn that she takes her phone to school every day. Not only that, but she uses it while she’s in class, with no … more
Practicing medicine requires training and certification. Few legislators are qualified, so can they be held liable for practicing medicine without a license? Since June 2022, 24 states including my … more
Who among us on the Key Peninsula has not been wounded by blackberries? Even when taking the utmost care, those persistent vines can open up an ugly wound quicker than you can say ouch. It is … more
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I always wanted to be in high school. The Disney Channel glorified high school life and I couldn’t wait until that was me. The life of a high schooler is a roller coaster ride, there are … more
These are momentous days in our household. This spring four of us are graduating — from grad school, from college, and the two youngest from Peninsula High School. I have mixed feelings about … more
As I write this I have not put food in my body for over 48 hours. Over the last three months, I have been intermittently fasting — going up to three days with no food — and I feel … more
We pay about 6 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity in Washington state, much less than the national median of 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. Here I’m just comparing the electricity costs, not the … more
Riddle me this: What do iceboxes, typewriters and videotapes have in common? Outdated technology, right? … more
Harlan Howard gets credit for this summary of country western music, but its simple wisdom has been validated by many over the years, from Johnny Cash to Van Morrison.  Harlan knew what he … more
Earlier this year my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at a resort in Fiji. Situated on an island in the Beqa Lagoon south of the Fijian mainland, the resort was an absolute … more
“Violet was out last week too, right?” the attendance secretary asks when I call Monday morning to report that my daughter is sick. Again. Last week it was, “Violet’s been … more
One thing you learn when you bike in the Northwest is that you won’t get much riding done if you don’t go out when it’s cold, dark and wet. more
As I sat on the kitchen floor blinking back tears, I realized that the thing I had been working towards for the last three months wasn’t going to happen. I was sweaty, I was in pain and I felt … more
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