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Our animal friends have been with us for thousands of years, and their history is intertwined with ours.  While we cannot even begin to scratch the surface, we would like to share these five … more
For today’s purposes, let’s define “working class” as everyone whose living depends on a job. It might be a great job with decent pay . . . or not. People in this situation … more
Pigeon Guillemots are medium-sized (about 13”) seabirds of the Auk family and are fairly common in our Southern Puget Sound marine waters. They are often seen on the water near the shore and, … more
Gru is back with more of his despicable plans and hilarious antics in the series’ fourth installment. The movie is fairly good, with plenty of laughs and slapstick. The Minions continue to steal the show, especially with their line of mischief. Despicable Me 4 is bringing in all the laughs this Fourth of July weekend.   more
I am usually up for participating in fundraisers, but when Mike Gregory, Development Director at Senior Services of South Sound, told me about Over the Edge – I took a hard pass. Oh, I believe … more
The Beginning… How do you put together a wedding in your yard? It takes quite a bit of planning. Announcements go out about the big day.  My daughter, her daughter (the bride to … more
This week, Trish went to check out the Pawsific NorthWest Cat Cafe, located in Olympia at 3415 Pacific Ave, in the same complex as the Ross Store. This is Thurston County's first and only Cat … more
The fourth of July has passed and it’s getting hot. Independence Day has long been acknowledged as the real beginning of our summer, and often a time of relief from a wet, cool … more
Did you know that Olympia is home to the oldest state-level American Legion Band in the USA, which has won local and national awards, including over 40 trophies? It formed as an American Legion … more
On this Independence Day we celebrated democracy. National news makes the situation for our nation and our democracy seem dire.  I see strong signs of hope … more
Summer is here, and many species of breeding birds have turned from defending their territories, nesting, and brooding eggs to feeding and protecting the resulting fledglings. (That’s not every … more
“And the sign said Long-haired freaky people need not apply.” … more
Editor's Note: With this piece, we welcome Zach Davis-Price who will resume our regular coverage of local nonprofit organizations.  Ahhh… summertime is here. Well, not at this exact … more
Last week was my long-awaited follow-up appointment with my primary care physician (PCP). I walked out of the appointment, filled with gratitude for my doctor and the trusting relationship we are … more
Get ready for the signs to show up.  More pets run away and go missing on July 4 th than any other day of the year and it all comes down to one thing: Careless owners.   It’s not … more
Tumwater’s Davis-Meeker Oak has been in the news lately, with passions running high on both sides. Here we are in 2024, hotly debating the value of a tree. We have millions of trees in Western … more
The humble cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables. It is delicious eaten raw in slaws and salad, or cooked by itself or with other ingredients, such as stuffed cabbage, or alongside corned beef. … more
Barbara Lawrence is a longtime friend, a Suquamish elder, and a gifted storyteller. Last weekend she told Suquamish stories at Benaroya Hall in Seattle . In every story, she made reference to … more
Would you like some free, in-person, and local help with a family tree? Whether you are looking to prove a familial link to Martin Luther King, find siblings you’ve never met, prove an ancestor … more
June’s long hours of sunlight make it possible to spend an hour or so either before or after our work hours checking out what birds are up to at the time when the birds are most active and … more
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