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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
In 1862, as the Civil War raged, President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, a law that would have a profound effect on the development of the West and transform the nation forever. The act granted … more
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Mark Zuckerberg was in first grade when a business school professor coined the expression “fear of missing out” 30 years ago. The researcher noticed how people struggle to choose when … more
First, I’d like to let everyone know that I am only exercising my First Amendment rights here. I am not discussing this subject from a scholarly perspective but as a civic-minded parent with a … more
At the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle there is a student leadership board for students from all over Washington who learn about the Holocaust and related issues, such as genocide, … more
I, Carolyn Wiley, being of questionably sound mind, resolve to make no New Year’s Resolutions — not this year, next year or ever again. If I don’t have the time or energy to make the change … more
My daughter, Violet, has been waiting for Santa since last January. It feels like she’s asked, “How much longer until Christmas?” just about every single day. I was the same … more
The Christmas season is upon us once again. Even in this second winter of Covid, it is a time for celebration, family, and feasting. Dancing lights twinkle merrily while carolers serenade our streets … more
Crabs think fish fly. I can hear them, muttering and grumbling, stumbling about on the barnacled rocks along the shores of Puget Sound. The fish too look up jealously at the bottom of my boat as I … more
I spent a couple of years back in the 1990s working for a small tutoring company in Seattle. The job was to help teenagers academically, but some needed more. We found them better schools, … more
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Graphic notes on local life more
Graphic notes on local life more
Two remarkable events in the 18th century that were a consequence of the viral disease smallpox have lessons for us today: How a simple method for vaccination was reduced to practice and presented to … more
Colleen was sitting on the steps in front of her brick house when my dad parked our green Dodge, and I rushed to see her. Her house was the biggest and nicest one in Lincoln, Iowa, very grand when … more
Living on the Key Peninsula, growing older and more reflective, I have been reminded how life seems to be a circle — we often end up right where we started. For me, that’s small-town … more
The pile of books at my bedside grew taller each week. A new book might appear almost daily, increasing the height of the pile by a couple of inches. My lifelong love of reading is not restrained by … more
Some thoughts as an offering to my new neighbors: Yes, I’m another transplant with something to say about our glorious home on the Puget Sound. I offer them in the conviction that sometimes … more
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