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We need more stories like the one Lisa Bryan wrote about Larry the young duckling in the August edition ("Picking Up and Letting Go," Aug. 2023 ) I personally feel like most news reported these days … more
Monday morning Aug. 14 began like any other day. Rolled out of bed at 5:30, grabbed my robe, made my way to the kitchen for coffee, then slid back into bed with my husband to read the latest news on … more
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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 that … more
July 4, 2023, was the hottest recorded day on Earth. I just happened to be in Phoenix, Arizona, attending a baseball tournament for my son where the daily temperature reached 115 degrees. It was the … more
If, as the Bard informs, brevity is the soul of wit, what could be wittier than a one-liner? President Calvin Coolidge was a typically taciturn Vermonter. Not for “Silent Cal” the … more
It was wonderful seeing you and your kids at the family reunion last month. We’re still finding specks of glitter and tiny beads amid the chalk drawings on the deck, where they did craft … more
This spring and summer I got into the habit of morning bike rides at Key Central Forest. It was a way to set the tone for the day, start things off with a bit of fresh air and some movement. We … more
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
Unexpected summer house guests come in many forms, but this one was truly wild. A peaceful afternoon erupted into utter madness outside as a screaming mother duck frantically chased her duckling … more
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With my daughter moving on to Key Peninsula Middle School this fall, I wanted to extend my thanks to all the teachers and staff at Minter Creek Elementary that guided her from kindergarten to the … more
A fight has been brewing over the fate of a beautiful estuary just north of Purdy Spit. On one side of the tug-of-war is Taylor Shellfish Co., which owns the leases and is turning the beaches into an … more
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
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