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Dear Readers, I’ve always been a fan of the “I can do it myself” mentality. It tends to go hand-in-hand with female empowerment, but something I’ve realized over the years … more
Upon paying for my establishment’s annual health permit, I learned something frankly disturbing but not surprising: All Thurston County health permit renewals must be conducted by hand, … more
On the news a few nights ago I heard that there’s a surge of people buying baby chicks and hens because the cost of eggs has gone up. Silly people! Has it crossed their minds that the cost … more
“They come here in devastating crisis, often from long distances, sometimes from halfway around the world,” Rachael Waters of the local Fisher House explained about the people who check … more
In January participants on the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) anticipate receiving the results of local counts. It gives us a snapshot of what birds are available for watching in the area … more
Did anyone else notice the latest advertising scheme during the holidays?  The one that introduced their great product that we couldn’t possibly live without, that was immediately followed … more
Each quarter since 2013, I have received the following notice from Amazon…. “This is the quarterly notification to inform you that AmazonSmile has made a charitable donation to the … more
Dear Readers, Have you ever noticed that two people can look at the same situation and see it differently? It’s an interesting phenomenon and one that’s been studied on various … more
The Great Blue Heron is a majestic bird we are all familiar with, symbolizing nature and wild wetland areas for us. These birds and their other heron-like cousins, Bitterns and Egrets, have … more
Cindy Hoover explained that the quilts she and her group make are labors of love and that they wrap this gift around active service members and veterans touched by war. “Notice that I say, … more
The Jolt has a new columnist. She is a retired internist living in Olympia, and her name is Dr. Debra Glasser. Her column appears on Thursdays, and I love them. Why? Because she gives us information … more
I’m in a bad mood. I would like to be one of those persons that walk around making positive comments and smiling all the time (ok, I was that person in my younger years), but now the events in … more
Dear Lexis, I feel like I've been treading water forever. Every time I try to move forward, things don't seem to work out. I feel like some of the things I tried could have worked out and I just … more
This week the sign in front of the Luck Dental Clinic says “January is like Monday only longer.” Amen to that. The days are short, sunlight is rare, and by mid-month, many of us have … more
The new year always brings new beginnings, and this year is no different. I have a new puppy, Bella Rose, so I am dealing with new puppy things like potty training and puppy roughhousing with the … more
We are halfway through January, but you still have time to set your resolution(s) for the year. As last week’s column suggested, that may include volunteering, but did you know that charitable … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve decided that I would like to make some new friendships but I don’t know how to go about it. I haven’t really had any close friends since high school and I miss … more
Many years ago, a young woman from New York City came to visit on Bainbridge Island, brought by mutual friends who lived in Seattle. The Island amazed her; she said she had never seen so many … more
What do I want to be when I grow up?  Many older adults are still asking themselves this after they retire. The idea of continuing on in their former line of work may not be feasible for one … more
So how are those new year’s resolutions going? (My primary resolution was to NOT make any resolutions, so I guess the year has been successful thus far!) Very often, people make resolutions … more
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