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A very eager gardener wants to know whether it’s time to plant tomatoes yet. No! Don’t even think about tomatoes. Just because it’s not snowing, hailing or freezing this week … more
Warblers are smallish insect-eating songbirds that inhabit various areas in Thurston County. They are very active and all about the same size and shape. Not surprisingly, they are known for and often … more
When I was a kid, one of my favorite television programs was Queen for a Day. It was a precursor for the reality shows so many are hooked on today. Between radio and television, the show ran for … more
What a week! I could be writing about Easter, Passover, and Ramadan (hope you had a blessed holiday). Or about Earth Day and all the local environmental nonprofits (there are lots of events this … more
Dear Lexis, I have some goals that I would like to accomplish but, lately, I find myself unable to move forward in any given direction.   Every day I try to motivate myself to put in … more
Jill Severn’s Gardening Column The Art of Weeding By Jill Severn Occasionally someone will say they can’t weed their garden because “I can’t tell which is a weed and … more
In last week’s column I mentioned that April is a great month for bird watching, but it is also a great month for bird listening. With the start of breeding season, many of our birds greet the … more
I have always felt a special connection to trees. I have no idea why. I just know that when I am in the presence of a tree, I feel a wave of calm come over me. If I am sad, I feel uplifted. If I … more
I know the news can be a bit grim but as I look around, I still find many things that inspire me…The trees and flowers showing off their Spring best….the start of long warm sunny … more
Dear Lexis, I find myself overwhelmed by life. Things just seem to keep going wrong and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. I know that a lot of people wind up feeling this way and … more
While noodling around on Google, I came across a novel way to prevent cabbage moths from eating the leaves of all the brassicas – that is, vegetables including broccoli, collard greens, … more
I recently read an interesting article in The Atlantic titled "Why People Are Acting So Weird," by Olga Khazan. She writes, “crime, ‘unruly passenger’ incidents, and other types … more
Knowing I’m interested in birds, people occasionally ask me to advise them on how to get started in bird watching. And I usually answer, “just walk around your neighborhood and pay … more
Full disclosure: I recently was appointed to the Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees. I have worked in and with libraries for twenty years, (although I am not a librarian). Our firstborn is … more
Dear Lexis, I started dating a guy five years back, and after a while, I realized that he has a drinking problem. By the time I discovered the issue though, I was already in too deep. When he told … more
Swallows – those amazing aerial acrobats – are back in town, and birds both large and small are carrying nesting materials in their beaks as they fly overhead. Trillums are blooming at … more
I had lunch and delightful conversation the other day with a friend and one of the things that popped up was the amount of time I spend inside my head. This is nothing new. My mother used to get … more
You might have noticed that I like to make this column timely. Sometimes, I write about a nonprofit in the area that is in the news, other times I write about a topic that I think is relevant, and … more
Dear Lexis, I find myself angry all the time. I've tried meditation, thought control, and any number of other actions but none seem to produce many results. I find myself at the mercy of my … more
Consider the humble dandelions: Toddlers pick them and proudly give them as gifts. Five-year-olds have contests to see who can find the biggest one. Dandelions’ bright yellow flowers are among … more
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