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Alden Davis’ gardening life started with vegetables. “At first, I didn’t understand why anyone would grow plants you couldn’t eat,” he says. Eventually, he branched out, … more
All winter long, on the lakes, ponds, and wetlands of Thurston County, we have opportunities to check out a variety of ducks. They are wintering here before flying off next spring to breeding … more
The holiday season is now in full swing. That being said, holidays are viewed a little differently when you are part of the older generation. Sometimes, sadness, not excitement, is the main … more
The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) season is here in our state and community and is already peaking two months early.    Since the middle of November, we’ve seen a steady … more
Congratulations, you survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Second-Hand Sunday (this is a new one for me) Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday, December 30 … more
Dear Lexis, I recently established a mentorship with someone, and things have been going great. However, recently, I’ve felt the need to express a particular incident in my past. It’s … more
Three plants play starring roles in the holiday season: poinsettias, amaryllis, and the multiple species of evergreens that become Christmas trees. There are, of course, other plants that play … more
Did you know that since 2015, November has been known as National Gratitude Month? The official designation totally makes sense, as November has long invited us to embrace an attitude of gratitude … more
"The beautiful chaos that is my life."     ~ RW, 98503 "Living peacefully in the beautiful Pacific Northwest."     ~Bebe S., 98503 "Family, fun, faith, health, … more
The shopping season is upon us, one of my favorite times of the year, for several reasons. One of my favorite pastimes is people-watching, and one of my favorite places to do this is in our local … more
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have plans to be around either family, friends, or both on Thursday. Growing up, my family was insistent that no one should be alone this holiday, so we often had … more
Dear Lexis, I recently started dating someone again. After my last relationship, it became painfully obvious that I needed to take some time and work on myself. I thought that I worked through … more
Marijuana is not the only weed it’s illegal* to grow in Washington. You can also be busted for growing “noxious weeds,” which is farmer-speak for harmful invasive … more
Last weekend a friend and I went for an afternoon walk at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. It was a beautiful day, clear and relatively warm for November. The parking lot was … more
Infections are all over the news and infecting a lot of people. This is the first in a series I hope will distill a complex field into practical, understandable sound bites. I intend to make this … more
Everyone is getting older in my house. My oldest daughter will be 60 in a couple of months. All four of my children are in their 50s, and I even have a grandchild in her forties. I no longer have … more
This time of year, not surprisingly, there are reminders of the importance of family everywhere; even pet food commercials remind you not to forget your furry friend this time of year (we already … more
Dear Lexis, What’s one thing that you wish you learned earlier? Thanks, Growing in Olympia Dear Growing, For me, the answer is definitely the power of consistency and … more
There are people who appreciate the wild, forested greenness of Washington State and there are those who see land as a resource to be exploited. There are those who work and live in harmony with … more
The Olympia School Board’s unanimous decision to appoint Talauna Reed to the board has sparked vocal hate cloaked in concern. Ms. Reed is the first African American board member and has … more
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