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Mother’s Day is coming up, and one of the best gifts I receive from my family is them coming together to make a lovely brunch in my honor. Here is a sample Menu for Mother’s Day breakfast … more
¡Hola! As we approach Cinco De Mayo (it's this coming Sunday), I thought I would share several recipes in preparation for your fiesta! I have previously posted several recipes to The JOLT … more
Tatsuya Endo created the popular manga series Spy x Family in 2019. Since its debut, it has become a worldwide phenomenon. Cloverworks and Wit Studio collaborated to bring the anime adaptation to … more
Native plants and flowers have definitely gone mainstream. In a recent Washington Post article, editorial writer Dana Milbank, whose usual beat is political and cultural analysis, reports that … more
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAF), commonly called H5NI bird flu, is a highly contagious pathogen that is deadly to domestic poultry and can wipe out flocks quickly. This disease is widespread … more
I am a little late with this information, but Earth Day was a big success in our communities. Trees hold a special place in my heart, so Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays, and clearly, I am … more
When we have steak, there are sometimes leftovers that do not have quite enough remaining for another meal. These are a great main ingredient for several entrees, including steak fajita salad. … more
In the early 1980s, The Davis Meeker Oak – a 400-year-old oak tree beside Old Highway 99 next to the Olympia airport – was in danger of being removed to improve the highway.  I … more
A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but a weed by another name is a different story. A weed known by its scientific Latin name can be transformed in our minds from a pest to a gift of … more
Sitting at my computer on a rainy day (good for gardens, but not for bird watching), I’m thinking about migrating warbler species that are arriving daily in our territory. These insect-eating … more
I think the worst thing about any chronic disease is the unpredictability of the attacks. Never knowing when it will raise its nasty head means never being able to plan, to be able to commit. Still, … more
There has been much in the news about healthcare worker burnout. Burnout has resulted in crisis-level losses of staff and expertise since before COVID-19, which the pandemic exacerbated. Addressing … more
We had a run of soil-warming sun this week, and now we’re in the high season of spring. Shovels and rakes are getting a workout, seed and plant sales are booming, and gardeners are waking up … more
The Lacey Historical Society has announced that one of its members, retired firefighter Paul R. Webb, has been selected as Ken Balsley Lacey Historian of the Year for 2024. Trustee Margie Worden … more
Introduction – In 2023 Liam Hutcheson located and documented 378 bird species in Washington, a new state record. I have asked Liam to tell write accounts of some of Washington birding places … more
It is always a difficult time in one’s life when you lose a parent. You look to them to be there for you and expect them to be around forever. But when the surviving parent dies, you begin … more
When one reaches a certain age, losses occur with a frequency that cannot be ignored. The Olympia Host Lions Club, of which I am a member, has lost four valued members in the past six months. … more
Looks like I am on a cauliflower trend, based on last week’s recipe for Cauliflower Spanish “Rice,” and today’s cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe! They share cauliflower as … more
How would you feel if you walked into a national exhibition and saw your own great-grandfather’s image and life narrative as part of the story? I would be absolutely shocked! more
Maybe you’ve heard of Chris Hyde, known locally as Souperman. Last fall, he had an idea: “Make good soup for everybody, and something special will happen.” Nearly every day, he … more
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