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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
Morning comes early in summer. Between the light and the rising chorus of birdsong, catching a few extra winks of sleep is hard to do. more
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If I was indoctrinated into anything during my years of public school, it was the right to a long summer vacation.   I remember the countdown to the last day each school year with the … more
I have been in Ukraine all but 11 weeks since March 2022, most of it volunteering for K9 Rescue International. I’ve rescued and evacuated animals. Brought food to the hungry. Traveled through … more
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 Outdated technology, right?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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Given the opportunity, wouldn’t we all choose to be shiny, happy people? Advertisers know the vast majority do. But when I watch sports on television with my young daughter, uncomfortable … more
I have been living on the Key Peninsula since Oct. 25, 2007. I moved here to increase the diversity and to be as close as I can to the water. I also thought that because I made it out of the trap … more
Election season is creeping up on us and, unsurprisingly, tribal power games are becoming more inflammatory. Hair-on-fire-reporting fills the airwaves, and my hair is getting singed. For … more
All over the world and throughout all time, I’m betting, society has been creating a certain profile or image of who the perfect people are. No matter who you are or where you come from, everybody … more
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