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When I was old enough to become interested in newspapers, I sought out the fun news. The papers I chose were the ones that ran Erma Bombeck. Herb Caen was my go-to guy in the San Francisco Chronicle. … more
Are you starting to feel the holiday spirit? I suspect, along with the ads you are getting a few nonprofit solicitations as well. Some may be requesting donations; others may be inviting you to … more
 Dear Lexis, My husband has a really hard time understanding his emotions. It wouldn’t be a problem except for this lack of clarity makes it really hard for him to make decisions. He … more
Fall is falling faster since November got underway. Its glorious colors are moving from up in the trees to down on the ground. The infernal howl of leaf blowers is upon us. ‘Tis the season for … more
I have never met a person who didn’t have a story. But I recently discovered a new way to meet more of them. It is called The Human Library. In Denmark, there are libraries where you can … more
It’s Election Day! Not only is there news in the Washington nonprofit world but it is also a good day to review how nonprofits can and cannot support candidates. You may have seen in the … more
Dear Readers, I’m so glad to be here with you each week, and I love hearing your feedback. I’ve received so much support and encouragement, and I am so grateful to you all. But I … more
I never thought of myself as a garden designer until one day, while reading an article on the subject in Fine Gardening, the light dawned: all longtime gardeners become garden … more
Fall activities abound for the senior population. Here's what's going on in our local senior centers throughout the county. YELM Yelm Senior Center:   Haunted Scavenger Hunt and … more
How many nonprofits exist in Thurston County and in Washington?  Why should you care? Answer: 879 In Thurston County, as of 2020 there were 879 nonprofits designated as 501(c)(3) … more
The importance of accurately understanding the history, including the current state of affairs of any political issue, can’t be understated.  It’s the only way to grasp how we got … more
Dear Readers, This week has been a challenge for me. My daughter, just two months old, hasn’t been gaining weight like the doctors would like, so we’ve been put on a pretty rigorous … more
Jeff Uhlmeyer achieved fame and fortune this fall by growing a pumpkin. Uhlmeyer’s 2,191 pound pumpkin, grown just south of Olympia, won first place in the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin … more
I love music. With the exception of Rap, I will listen to any type; instrumentals, choral, a cappella, folk, rock, soul, standards, Dixieland, country, you name it and I’m there. We got our … more
Greetings! The JOLT has offered me the opportunity to write a regular column highlighting nonprofits in Thurston County. Let me start by explaining that I have over 30 years experience working … more
Dear Lexis, My wife keeps telling me that I need to stand up for myself more. After reading your article last week, about how to prep for a confrontation, I thought I would reach out and ask … more
Come January, I will be longing for a chair by a fire and a stack of seed catalogues. That post-holiday ritual offered assurance that winter would not last forever. It was a time for mulling over … more
Forgive me if I have mentioned this before. Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors. I love the weather. I love the fact I no longer have to haul the hose and sprinklers around the yard. My … more
School districts around the state, including Olympia, Yelm, Tumwater and North Thurston, are looking at a new educational concept called “Balanced Calendar.”    It’s … more
Dear Lexis,  My boss has been a real jerk lately. He tells me to redo work that he would approve from anyone else and says that I'm incompetent and unable to do my assigned work.  It … more
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