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This week I’d like to introduce you to the many Lions Clubs serving the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino and Yelm communities. Once a month until we run out, I will introduce you to other … more
This week’s changeable weather sure felt like the end of summer, regardless of what the calendar says. (It says fall begins on September 22.) But there may be a brief summer sequel or … more
When you think of your Mother, what memories come flooding back? I still remember the smell of her makeup when I watched her get ready for work. I remember her laugh, especially when she was with her … more
Jill Severn writes from her home in Olympia, where she grows vegetables, flowers and a small flock of chickens. She loves conversation among gardeners. Start one by emailing her … more
COVID has reared its ugly head once more with a vengeance. In Thurston County, the number of cases is growing daily. Hospitals are filling up again, masks are mandated and schooling is uncertain. … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been offered the opportunity to pursue some new projects but I don’t feel like I have the time for all of them. They all seem equally valuable though, and I … more
Gertrude Jekyll, a wonderfully eccentric artist and gardener, was born in London in 1843 and spent most of her life in the English countryside. She was the author of several gardening books that … more
Since Olympia wasn’t founded until 1853, it’s a safe bet most of our ancestors came from somewhere else in the beginning. For instance, my education began in 1950 in a one-room … more
Dear Lexis, I’m worried. My husband has been really quiet and angry lately and I don’t know why. I keep asking him if something’s wrong but that just seems to piss him off even … more
Gardeners learn something new in every growing season. In the last few months, readers of this column have shared what they have learned, what they want to know, and their creative ideas. … more
Well, here we are again – pretty much stuck at home. Home for me is with my daughter and her husband, so I am lucky – no total isolation. Ordinarily my granddaughters would be next … more
Dear Readers, I’ve been a bit obsessed lately with trying to make a decent living place for my future newborn, which is interesting because I’ve always been a “go with the … more
A walk through Mt. Rainier wildflowers can sure make a gardener humble. Nothing we can do will ever match the sight of a drift of avalanche lilies or a patch of paintbrush, alpine asters, rosy spirea … more
In another life I owned a little café in a tiny town in California. When I say tiny – I mean the town had two bars, a mom-and-pop grocery store, a feed … more
It’s absolutely fascinating what’s happening to policing in our community resulting from the new state laws, and what our local jurisdictions are doing in response to new ideas, new … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been trying to declutter my house for the last few weeks, but I’ve determined that I can’t tackle the project alone. I hold too much sentiment to things and I … more
It’s time to revel in the glory of high summer – this annual peak experience of beauty and abundance in the garden, on the barbecue grill and at the beach. It’s time to call in … more
I have long had a love/hate relationship with telephones. When I was a kid, we had a three-digit phone number, an operator to whom we repeated the … more
Dear Lexis, People often tell me that my expectations in life are too high. They tell me that my dreams are impossible and that I shouldn’t keep trying to pursue such lofty goals. I know … more
Years ago my 15-year-old foster daughter asked me a question I’ll never forget: Why, she inquired, do you make a beautiful garden in the back yard, but not the front yard? Don’t you think … more
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