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Grandma got my 8-year-old daughter Violet a checkerboard for Christmas. She was giddy the first time we got it out, enthusiastic right up until the point when I jumped one of her pieces and removed … more
It is almost spring, and spring gets me thinking about summer, and summer makes me think about camping. more
Emerson observed in one of his early essays that when we reflect on our lives, “behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms, as clouds do far off.” more
We in the Pacific Northwest have lived in a paradise of low-cost electricity for decades. It’s a mix of hydroelectric power (75%) supplemented by wind power (10%), natural gas (10%) and nuclear … more
It was another gift — a small but powerful spell — except this time I had cast it, unknowingly, and she had the integrity to act on it. more
It came as a surprise to me when I recently learned that under the current Pierce County Comprehensive Plan, Purdy is designated as an Urban Growth Area (UGA). more
I was fortunate to grow up in a household where the food wasn’t always good but there was always plenty of it. more
I have cultivated a new mindset in the past months, and it has carried me through a year of difficult personal decisions. more
On the first day of the year, I stood in front of an outdoor fire and discussed the topic of delight. more
Although I do not possess the courage to make formal New Year’s resolutions, I am on the annual lookout for character flaws in myself (and others). more
Perfectly timed, Valentine’s Day approaches and my heart is full of love and gratitude for the fact that we are here together making our way through this life we share. more
Support for possible new daycare center in Key Center. more
Pierce County 26th Legislative District Republican Precinct Caucuses more
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Humanity is being tested, and it’s not looking very good for us. more
I think we all believe we work hard. We’ve heard that if we do, we’ll do well in life. more
As a new year breaks and the sun rises on 2024, we are faced with the reality that, once again, an election year is upon us. more
If you’re still reading this, thank you. Not sure I could write a more off-putting title. I envision a somewhat less-than-engaged response. Here I want to show a little love for math. more
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve sat down to write, only to stare at an empty screen with a blinking cursor before me and realize I have nothing nice to say. more
It was the early 1990s in Azusa, California, where I was in college. It was December, it was finals week, and, needing to blow off stress, we went Christmas caroling. more
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