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Yesterday a friend pointed out something I had never noticed: This is the time of year when Himalayan blackberry bushes – one of our most common invasive species – send out long, arching … more
Pelagic Birds – Part 1 September and October are fairly boring months for local bird watching. So, as a change of pace, we are writing over the next few weeks about, and providing … more
Fairy tales can come true It could happen to you If you’re young at heart Carolyn Leigh/Johnny Richards Ever wonder what could come next? Do you ever feel like your creative flow … more
It’s a busy time of the year. The autumnal equinox arrives Thursday, also called the September equinox or fall equinox. College and Pro Football are in full swing. Hockey preseason starts this … more
Dear Lexis, I was reading through some of the comments on your previous posts and I just wanted to reach out because I feel like there are some things that need to be addressed. You tend to see … more
A friend complained yesterday that the days are slipping away ever faster, and soon his life will be over. That’s a sensation that comes in September when every day is shorter than the … more
If you are of a certain age, you, like me, can remember when the family doctor came to your house when you were ill – where you were usually sitting up in bed, in your pajamas, with a … more
Did you notice that Sunday was September 11? This used to be one of the busiest days of the year for me ever since the Points of Light Foundation designated 9/11 as a National Day of Service, a way … more
Dear Lexis, I know that you encourage us to keep moving forward when times get tough, but I feel like I've been doing that for years and things still haven't shifted. I'm so tired of feeling like … more
Ah, the wonders of YouTube. It has noticed my interest in gardening and is now serving up all manner of videos on the subject – some dreadful, a few divine. Among the divine is a biopic … more
September 11 – Grandparents Day! September 17 – The Hope Vision Foundation Presents the Olympia Vision Fair. September 22 - The Senior Action Network Presents: Living Well, Living Long! more
Welcome to September! I don’t know about you, but it has already been a busy week…. I hope you had chance to attend Olympia Harbor Days (another local nonprofit) this past weekend. … more
Dear Lexis, I fought with my sister and now we’re not talking. I know that I should apologize for some of the things I said but I’m finding it hard to let go of my own hurt. I … more
What an odd year it’s been. First there was the long, cold, wet spring that lasted well into June. Then came an unusually dry and sunny summer, with the repeated but brief heat waves, though … more
There was a time, before 2000, when Thurston County was the winter vacation wonderland for all sorts of gulls. Each winter, more than 10,000 gulls would visit our county. Their lives then were … more
Do you watch commercials?  Or do you, like my son-in-law, fast forward through them? I watch them. I enjoy some of them and several of them make me laugh out loud. Furthermore, more than one … more
When I started this column almost a year ago, I had a couple of intentions. First, I hoped to help readers understand what nonprofits are, appreciate the sector, and to understand the dynamics of … more
Dear Lexis, I feel like my life is spiraling out of control. Nothing seems to be going right and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it. Health issues, car issues, and money … more
In today’s context, “late bloomers” is not a reference to 40-year-old virgins, or to writers who publish their first novel at the age of 75. Gardeners are more literal. When … more
During my 40+ years of bird watching, I have seen several amazing recoveries in populations of prominent bird species that were in danger of extinction. For the most part, this recovery is the result … more
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