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I live on the Key Peninsula and something that concerns me is the lack of color or any reflective material on the knapsacks and coats of little kids. We spend hundreds of dollars to make sure our … 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
Two remarkable events in the 18th century that were a consequence of the viral disease smallpox have lessons for us today: How a simple method for vaccination was reduced to practice and presented to … more
Colleen was sitting on the steps in front of her brick house when my dad parked our green Dodge, and I rushed to see her. Her house was the biggest and nicest one in Lincoln, Iowa, very grand when … more
Living on the Key Peninsula, growing older and more reflective, I have been reminded how life seems to be a circle — we often end up right where we started. For me, that’s small-town … more
The pile of books at my bedside grew taller each week. A new book might appear almost daily, increasing the height of the pile by a couple of inches. My lifelong love of reading is not restrained by … more
I support Juanita Beard for election to the Peninsula School Board Nov. 2. Her experience as a mental health professional and a parent with children in our schools makes her very qualified for the … more
As I count down my days as a school board director for the Peninsula School District, I reflect on the six years I served our students and community. I am proud to know in my heart that every … 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
Some thoughts as an offering to my new neighbors: Yes, I’m another transplant with something to say about our glorious home on the Puget Sound. I offer them in the conviction that sometimes … more
Sometime in 1988, I think, I was an editorial assistant at G.P. Putnam’s Sons in midtown Manhattan when I happened to come out of the elevator to find Kurt Vonnegut trying to get past the … more
Something unexpected happened this summer: I stopped refilling my bird feeders. I’ve been keeping my backyard feeders stocked for years, only missing a day or two now and then. Nothing but … more
“Look here,” my wife said, pulling back the thick vines growing in our backyard garden. I saw a flash of red deep in the shadows. Reaching in, I gave a gentle tug and pulled out our first … more
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Back in March of 2020, I wrote a column here called “Moving to Reduce Medical Expenses” where I stated that my wife and I were going to be moving to Portugal, the cost of medical bills … more
As a Vaughn resident, I urge my neighbors to vote for Jennifer Butler for the Peninsula School District Board of Directors. Jennifer’s commitment to representing the whole community and … more
It has been an honor to serve on the Peninsula School Board these past eight years. I have served as vice president for four years, and I am currently board president. We often learn the most … 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
The night sky above the Key Peninsula isn’t always clear. We enjoy about 140 nights a year that are partly cloudy or better. The rest remind us that the KP isn’t West Texas and you … more
Recently I rediscovered a forgotten pleasure. I have come to believe that waiting is one of life’s under appreciated treasures. Unfortunately, societal norms have created the impression that … more
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