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Here’s a little fun history… Did you know that, in December 1896, the Women’s Club of Olympia established a library service with “reading matter” donated by … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been trying to set up a meditation practice like you suggest but I don’t know that I’m doing it right. Nothing really seems to happen and I don’t know what … more
It saddens me to see people spending money on little vegetable plants in unrecyclable plastic containers -- because most vegetables are so easy to grow from seeds. Yet the trend away from seeds and … more
A lot has been reported about COVID-related deaths in the past year. The numbers are horrific and few have been untouched by this pandemic. Other causes of death have taken a back seat during this … more
Dear Lexis, I read your last article on unmet needs and I wanted to follow up with a question. What if your unmet needs can’t be met by just one person, what if you need additional people in … more
Tomatoes are the royalty of the vegetable garden, and they demand to be treated accordingly. They worship the sun and want it all. They demand your most compost- or manure-rich soil, the support … more
About a year and a half before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, when she was around the age of 40, Army veteran Elizabeth McDonald and her children began building ‘sharing gardens’ in front, … more
Dear Lexis, I find myself unfulfilled in my relationship lately. I feel like we’re drifting apart and I’m not sure what to do about it. It seems like nothing I do helps. My husband … more
Picasso would like my garden right now; it’s at the height of its Blue Period. Little blue scilla is blooming everywhere. In the largest and longest flower bed, where the daffodils are over, it … more
When you think about home safety what comes to mind?  Locks on your doors and windows? Alarm systems?  Bushes and trees trimmed back so they can’t break windows or cause damage to … more
Dear Lexis, I’m having a hard time getting projects done. I have so many things I want to finish, but when the time comes to spend some time on any of them, I feel like I have to force … more
The great spring surge of growth is gathering momentum. Buds are opening, the grass is taller with every passing day, and every unpaved inch of earth – even the cracks in the pavement – … more
Hoe long does it take you to get ready to go somewhere these days? For many, many, years, I envied the women who got up, dressed, washed their face, brushed their teeth, ran a comb (or their … more
Dear Lexis, I just had a really hard week. Everything seemed to go wrong. I swear, whatever could have happened, did and now I find myself feeling drained, upset, and hopeless. What would you … more
In the garden, failure is often the best teacher, but only if you have the patience to learn from it. Last year, in the early months of the pandemic, people stripped the grocery store seed racks … more
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Dear Lexis, I’ve been told I need to quarantine for two weeks, but it’s not even Day One yet and I’m already going stir crazy. Do you have any suggestions about what I should do … more
This is the moment: weed now or prepare for a breakdown of law and order in the garden. If you don’t mind lawlessness and disorder, fine. But weeding early in the spring makes weeding chores … more
Entering the Age of Technology… Well, after a whole year of isolation we have made it to phase 3 – and now life begins to return to semi-normal. Vaccinated … more
Dear Lexis, I understand the value behind examining beliefs and shifting those you don’t think serve you, but I’m lost on how exactly to implement changes. Re-determining beliefs is … more
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