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We are halfway through February and have not yet focused on Black History Month. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize … more
Dear Lexis, Why is it that you think that beliefs are so important?  Thanks,           ~ Curious in Tumwater Dear Curious, That is an excellent question. … more
Last week I wrote about composting, which I thought was a pretty simple project: make a pile of garden waste, chicken, rabbit, horse or cow manure and food scraps, mix things up, keep it moist, cover … more
Hello Thurston County! Finally, we are seeing COVID-19 cases fall after the Omicron surge, however, our COVID-19 transmission rates still remain high. I wanted to share with you some of the recent … more
February is a very important month with many reasons to celebrate. I always learn something new during Black History Month and this year was no different. This year, for instance, I learned Dr. … more
This is a busy week! With the Super Bowl and Olympics not to mention the NBA, NHL, and NCAA in full force as well as the MLB contract talks (not going well) it’s hard to focus on other things … more
Dear Lexis, I really want a boyfriend but I can’t seem to find anybody. ~ Lonely in Olympia Dear Lonely in Olympia, I know how challenging it can be to want a relationship and not … more
If you have a lot of space, composting is easy: you make a big pile of all your chicken or livestock manure, straw, kitchen scraps, weeds, grass clippings, and other garden debris, water it down, and … more
Around 50 years ago, I worked for a class A department store in California. I started as a sales clerk and was quickly promoted to assistant department manager. Three months later, I was given my … more
Greetings and Happy Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year). The Lunar New Year begins in East Asia on the second new Moon after the winter solstice - between January 21 and February 20. This … more
Dear Reader,  My husband and I have been looking for an apartment for what seems like forever. Recently we found ourselves in the unfortunate position of being scammed. Thankfully we figured … more
I have friends who can identify the make, model and year of every car and truck that passes by. They pay attention to every taillight design, every difference in body shape and wheel size, and every … more
I don’t know about you but I’m done. I am done with the snow, the cold and the fog. And most of all, I am done with COVID dictating what, where and when I can safely do things. I am done … more
There has been a lot of media coverage about the “Great Resignation” – individuals deciding to leave their jobs to pursue new, often diverse, careers. (I myself have contemplated … more
 Dear Lexis,  My husband and I get along well enough, but lately, I’ve been wondering why, after years of marriage, our perspectives still differ so significantly. It can be quite … more
Slowly but surely, the natural world is waking up. The chickens are getting up a little earlier and roosting a little later. Even the Americauna, who typically takes the whole winter off, laid one … more
What’s your favorite rest stop on Interstate 5? Let me guess; you probably don’t have one. In fact, unless you’re a long-haul trucker or commuter, you will never have a good … more
Grandmothers get a lot of press, publicity and praise. Grandfathers, not so much. So today, I want to acknowledge the men who partner with the grandmothers to make the lives of grandchildren so … more
Blackdog Foundation - https://blackdogfoundation.org/ SafePlace - https://www.safeplaceolympia.org/ Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties - http://caclmt.org/ Our … more
Dear Lexis, It’s been a few months since I gave birth, but lately, I’ve noticed my mood getting worse. I think it might be a mild form of postpartum depression. Do you have any … more
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