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This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Key Peninsula News. Of course, we might not really be 50. Could be 48; maybe 51? We’re celebrating anyway. The front page of … more
Time and again I’ve heard that “all politics is local,” but I’m beginning to wonder how true that is. We already know the outcomes of the November 8 election, but before we … more
I can’t walk anymore, so I move around in a power wheelchair. One young friend was surprised to learn that the chair must be plugged in at night to recharge. Because she had never seen me move … more
I woke early on those cold winter mornings, the jangling alarm clock wrestling me from blissful Christmas dreams. As the rest of the family slept, I pulled on my wool socks and long underwear, topped … more
I always try to follow the family credo, “do what you can with what you got” and “show appreciation for gifts — especially unexpected gifts.” My better half and I used to spend weekends … more
Senioritis. The urban dictionary defines it as “A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include laziness, an excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, … more
The signs were unmistakable, but also unexpected. There was the change of leaves and the return of rain-soaked school buses, of course, and the annual appearance of the local bear on her hind legs … more
The season to be thankful and generous in spirit is just around the bend. It comes not a moment too soon. It’s finally time to snuggle up inside after a dry summer that lasted longer than any in … more
It has been over a decade now, but I was a latecomer to join the smartphone scene. more
At the end of summer’s lease, it’s time to renew some old acquaintances. No, not those people you owe a dinner; not those friends who were too busy to stop by like they said they would (even … more
It was an afternoon mid-summer garden party in July. I arrived characteristically late. The acreage was wooded with a nice pasture nestled in a peaceful clearing surrounded by trees. A couple of … more
I rise early this time of year, too early, because a woodpecker starts the day banging its head against the side of my house. What at first I took to be gunshots or a jackhammer when we moved out … more
Crossing over the Purdy Bridge and driving over the spit on the way home is something of a spiritual experience no matter how often we do it. The smell of saltwater, the expansive view of Henderson … more
The season of resilience and spirited hope has returned. Blankets of green moss adorn the trunks of maples, with big leaves unfurled. Early blossoming fruit trees beckon mason bees to wake before … more
Just when we thought things were beginning to look up yet another “something unexpected” happened. This time it’s the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Did the whole world emerge from Covid … more
Some of the best advice I ever got in life came from an old boatman: “The most dangerous thing you can do out here is disrespect the river.”  The year was 1990. We were rafting … more
Thanksgiving was a day of talking a little too loudly, gesturing a little too broadly and experiencing all the good feelings of true belonging that we’ve missed over the past two years. It … more
My husband's cardiac symptoms took us to the ER. After a now-familiar temperature scan and questions about symptoms and recent travel, we find a seat in a long hallway lined with patients on benches, … more
The banner stretched over Key Center announcing the annual scarecrow contest, along with a fresh crop of scarecrows lining the road, brought a big smile to my face. For an instant I wanted to close … more
A few friends and I go swimming early in the morning in Von Geldern Cove. We’d done it a dozen times already this summer, I was getting acclimated to it and kind of proud of us for continuing a … more
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