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Please indulge me as I present a most unusual view of Thurston County. Shown in the photo, it's a view from 40 miles away, about 2,500 feet high on a mountain in the Olympics.  I was there in … more
I really liked Betty White. I don’t usually write about celebrities. The Paris Hiltons and Kardashians of this world bore me stiff. Million-dollar weddings in castles and cathedrals are too … more
Happy New Year! Recently, I have seen several posts from friends suggesting that setting resolutions may be a negative action and that they prefer to choose a more positive response to the new year. … more
Dear Readers, My resiliency has really been put to the test this year.So many unanticipated things have happened.It’s been really hard to deal with, especially with a new baby. I want so … more
 January is a month for thinking rather than doing. And Mirabel Osler’s book, A Gentle Plea for Chaos, has me thinking about surprising things. For instance, who knew there is a … more
After spending a lot of time looking into how Olympia is dealing with homelessness (quite a lot), and I thought I’d look at Lacey and see what they are up to.   I had a nice chat with … more
I generally don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Gave those up years ago. That being said, lately I have become a fan of a television program called My Lottery Dream Home on the HGTV … more
Happy Holidays. I hope you are safe and warm. I know the snow is not pleasant for everyone, but I have to say I was delighted to have a real white Christmas. I have only experienced this once … more
Dear Lexis, After our family Christmas celebrations, I find myself feeling low. I’ve always loved Christmas, but this year it just seemed like there wasn’t enough time. What kinds of … more
This week I escaped from worry about omicron by dreaming about sweet peas. It’s been a very helpful strategy for seeing beyond gray cold skies, too. Sweet peas, in case you’ve … more
I’ve been receiving Grand Magazine, free, online for the past few years. It’s filled with interesting articles about intergenerational activities, problems, and solutions. In the … more
Tragedy is always a sorrowful event, but even more heartbreaking when it occurs so close to the holidays. Recently, we have seen the devastation from tornadoes in the Midwest, the strongest … more
Dear Lexis, I’m in my first year of college and I don’t know what major I should work toward. There are a lot of interesting things, but I feel that choosing one innately means … more
I know I’m a bit late with suggestions for holiday gifts for gardeners, but then, aren’t most of us running late on one thing or another this time of year? And anyway, some of my … more
 Thank You … Christmas is only a week and a half away so I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be grateful for this past year. First of all, I am grateful to God, … more
Dear Lexis, I've been working toward building a career as a public speaker, but as I get closer to success, I can't help but feel like a fraud. Who am I to be teaching people when I'm still … more
The closing of the Deschutes Parkway homeless camp last week was a real milestone for the City of Olympia in its efforts to respond to the homeless crisis.  This was the end result of a long, … more
This Thu., Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m., the community is invited to support the 13th annual United Way of Thurston County's (UWTC) Drive-Up Shelter Shower. According to the UWTC website, Shelter … more
Mike Dillon retired after many years of owning as many as six community newspapers in the Seattle area. “Starting in the early 1990s, he writes “we had a columnist, Madeleine Wilde, … more
This past week has been one of the most frustrating of my time on this planet. Last Friday, my little 10-pound Shih Tzu, Bambi, started to have trouble walking. Her balance seemed off. The next … more
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