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As we get older there are, we hope, some ways we get smarter. One, I think, is in understanding what we like, what we need, and what we can and can’t get along without. I’ve just had a good le…

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“Thumbs” and “Big Foot” are just two of the wonderful kitties available at the kitty sale this week — and they are special! This sweet cat and darling kitten are polydactyl, meaning they were …

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On the Peninsula, there’s history and then there’s deep history. My family’s history with the Peninsula goes back to the middle of the last century. I’ve witnessed the changing ecology of the …

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The family of Noel Kary wishes to express thanks to everyone for your kind words, cards and visits.

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Her gate is guarded by a boy about five years old, barefoot in shorts and T–shirt. He squints at us. Our guide asks in Bengali if Mother Teresa is in. The boy rubs his nose and waves us throug…

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Every once in a while life just smacks you a good hard one between the eyes. Things are rolling along fairly nicely, just the usual bumps in the road, when suddenly you’re flat on your back. T…

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The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) along with groups like Washington Audubon armed with incomplete and misleading science will be responsible for the decrease of important estuar…

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Every season has its gifts, some more predictable than others. Just now I walked out to the lower yard, the residence of my fruit trees, and found one last Asian pear on the ground. I saw only…

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The Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association, hosted and coordinated their 47th Annual Beach Cleanup, known as Operation Shore Patrol, on Sept. 15 and 16, 2018. This is a volunteer effort t…

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At age 80 and beyond, how do you view the future? When I turned 80, I felt buoyant despite a flock of fresh aches. I had extra time! I contacted friends and relatives over 80 — I cheated on on…

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No, my doom is not because of the election, though writing now to you from my dog kennel I cannot yet know the results we will wake up to Wednesday morning, or in fact if anything will be sett…

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As we enter into November, our annual budget process will begin for 2019. The budget will be gathered from data and requests from each department. Then the Mayor, with the assistance of the Ci…

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If you checked in with me last week you know that I’m part of a sustainability/community development think tank we call “Discovery.” We’ve met every six months for nearly two decades; and last…

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There’s nothing quite like seeing your home through others’ eyes. This past weekend I’ve had the pleasure of this experience reaffirming for me, as if I needed it, why I live here.

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The 34th annual Water Music Festival is “in the record books,” and it was a dandy! It truly takes a village, and thanks are in order to so many people!! First and foremost, thanks to every Wat…

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Elections for U.S. House are every two years but the advantages of incumbency mean real chances for change come up less often.

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When we humans get older and our eyesight begins to diminish, the fix is easy — we get glasses or have cataract surgery. When we get hard of hearing, we get hearing aids. But as dogs age and b…

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I know we are nowhere near Mother’s Day, in fact we’re on the exact opposite side of the calendar, and, amazingly, just about to put a wrap on 2018. But all week I’ve been thinking about my mo…

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A few years ago, National Geographic produced a show called “Doomsday Preppers.” I had never been introduced to the world of “survivalism” prior to this, so naturally I thought it was absurd. …

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I’m writing this letter because I would like to publicly thank the staff and doctors who work at the new Ocean Park Medical Clinic and hospital for their amazing service and care.

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We appreciate all your cards, emails, prayers, and donations given in honor of our mother/grandmother Irene Blake. We would especially like to thank all the staff and volunteers at Willapa Har…