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Thin sheets of carbon, one atom thick, called graphene dramatically improve the strength of cement and concrete. A pinch or two of graphene can also improve the properties of other materials — … more
Our legislative district, the 26th, has the distinction of having the most-watched and hotly contested legislative race in the state, between incumbent Democrat Sen. Emily Randall (Bremerton) and … more
The column “1968” by Joseph Pentheroudakis (May 2022) compelled this response. It is the first time in about 54 years that I have read of anyone else experiencing the same kind 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
In response to the guest column in the June edition, “Climate Change Comes Home,” here are a few interesting facts. The Earth was formed roughly four billion years ago and has been … more
District 7 is a unique and diverse district that includes urban University Place, Gig Harbor and the rural Key Peninsula and its many miles of shoreline. As is true for all council districts, Key … more
Thought I’d check in and say hello. (“Local Man is Saving Animals in Ukraine,” June.) I am currently in Kyiv at a home of two fabulous people who went from contacts to friends. … more
The summer when I was 6 years old, I spent hours hanging from the big oak tree behind the garage. Between me and the oak branch were two ropes, each tied to a suspended 16-inch ring. If I hung onto … more
Not much of a churchgoer, but I have embraced some of the aspirational ideas I’ve heard there. In one church many years ago, I heard a sermon about stewardship that stuck with me. In my very … more
On a hot day last August, the Whitmarsh family took a trip to Seattle to visit the Space Needle. Standing in the viewing area, we were shocked to see a large plume of smoke rising to the west. We … more
I was a university sophomore in New York City in the fall of 1982. There was a girl in my art history class who stood out as particularly smart, attractive and friendly in the way people are who have … more
The first “back to normal” school year since the COVID-19 pandemic began is slowly wrapping up. Yearbooks are on sale, the senior Nerf wars are ending, and all the annual … more
I just read the latest Joseph Pentheroudakis column, (On the Wing, “1968,” May 2022), which brought back many memories of that time. Two years before him, in the summer of ’66, I … more
Coincidences always grab my attention and are easy to understand as hints that there is a pattern to life. Imagine my thrilled surprise on reading the words “M/S Aurelia” in another great … 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
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The train pulled into the Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s central station, just before noon. It was Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1968, a balmy day under a deep-blue sky, and I was on the first leg of my slow, … more
Passing through Check Point Charlie into East Berlin prior to 1990 was like Dorothy waking up back in Kansas in the final scene from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”West Berlin, like … more
The procrastinator’s spirit animal is the crow. Back in fourth century Armenia, as the story goes, a wicked crow looked up and wheedled a Roman centurion named Expeditus into putting off … more
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But what if there is a way to just ditch the coal and switch over the turbines to hot water from the ground? Quaise Energy, a startup company that … more
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