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Dear Lexis, Life’s been hitting pretty hard lately and I’m finding it difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Have you ever dealt with something like this? How did you … more
Would you like to help others but don’t know what to do or how to get involved? Attend this year’s annual party in Olympia, The Garden Party. You can help celebrate local volunteers, talk … more
About a week ago, Chantay Anderson and her staff at the Nisqually Community Garden picked 70 pounds of cucumbers. Three days before, they picked 70 pounds of green beans, and one of the … more
Two questions from readers have prompted this column. One asked me to identify a feather: “Is this an eagle feather?” The second asked me to write about the different patterns of bird … more
It’s August! How did this happen? This year has flown by for me. Perhaps it is because we are free to move about, sans masks. We are back to in-person meetings, gatherings, and shopping. … more
You probably have heard the sad news of the closing of a local nonprofit – Sidewalk. Ironically, I had a note on my calendar to feature Sidewalk in this column this month, I didn’t … more
Five miles northeast of the State Capitol is our community’s only certified trauma center. Providence St. Peter’s Emergency Department (ED) is typically overcrowded and known for long … more
... trying to grow my social following and it’s just not working out. I get a couple of followers here and there, but nothing’s taken off. more
Did you know? Thurston County held primary elections on August 1st. It's a fact of which most Thurston County residents were unaware or simply didn't care. For most registered voters, elections … more
Rick Johnson always wanted to be a gay floral designer. Now, after retiring from being the Coordinator of the County’s Noxious Weed Control program for 33 years, he is one. Rick grew up on … more
Fran’s retired, but she doesn’t know it! That’s one way to describe Franida Maudsley, former director of the Social Service Payment System (SSPS) for the State of Washington. She … more
Jays and crows, members of the Corvid Family, are among our most common birds. Most are not all that colorful, and males and females look alike. But they all have interesting stories to … more
A friend and I were having lunch the other day – just catching up with each other. We have several other friends in common, and lately it seems quite a few of them are going through some rough … more
My husband is a teacher in the North Thurston School District, but before we moved here, he led the high school dropout prevention/credit recovery program at one of the largest high schools in … more
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Some members of the Lacey City Council serve under The Standard of No Standards. Video evidence showed Councilmember Ed Kunkel, accompanied by Councilmember Lenny Greenstein, illegally removed a campaign sign more
Dear Readers, I’ve been working on a business project for the last month or so and I find myself often wondering if I’m doing things right. This is not a new experience for me, but … more
She lived her life to make a difference – and did! She literally crafted our local human services system over 50+ of her 85+ years. Now, a group of people are taking action to ensure her legacy … more
Moments of glory in the garden come thick and fast in this last week of July. A wild party of bright petunias, a bouquet of Shirley poppies, a big stand of Russian sage in a neighbor’s sunny … more
They first visited the bird bath about three weeks ago, those three fledgling Chestnut-backed Chickadees. They were looking goofy, with pin feathers sticking out at odd angles, and wanted to bathe. … more
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