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For two years, many of us hunkered down and kept socializing to small family groups because of the COVID-19 pandemic that threatened the health and lives of people worldwide. Sunday marked a … more
We all have a chance to make our mark in the world, and all of them are important. Some of us not only leave a major mark, but create something that lasts and grows. And some of us even inspire … more
Looking back at the 2022 state legislative session, it’s hard not to be disappointed at the missed opportunities. Yes, lawmakers accomplished some things that are good for the economy, like … more
Before we get into the main part of this column, I have a confession of sorts, and maybe it’ll sound familiar to some of you.  I always keep a notepad beside my bed because if I have … more
In the TV series “Dragnet,” Sergeant Joe Friday had two phrases about facts: “All we want to know are the facts” and “All we know are the facts.” Joe Friday … more
We’ve all seen “help wanted” signs on reader boards and in store and restaurant windows. Some fast food restaurants that closed dining rooms during the pandemic never reopened … more
Longtime readers of this column might have noticed that I seem to have a fondness for colorful characters, especially those who run for public office. It’s true. I’m fascinated … more
This week, the Centralia City Council took a big step forward to support a multi-phase facility for the children of our community by pledging $2.1 million for the United Learning Center’s first … more
When spring rolls around, it’s time to celebrate Washington’s most successful education program — Running Start. Running Start orientations began this month at Centralia … more
Great old lyrics as inspiration or celebration? Can I brag a little bit today? Or, I should have asked, “MAY I brag a little today?”  No, I really should have asked if I could … more
Ukraine officially broke from the United Socialist Soviet Republic (USSR) in 1991 and became an independent nation.  The Ukrainian nation has existed independently since that time. Russia, … more
In the normal course of events, Washington lawmakers use a short legislative session to make small mid-term adjustments to the state’s current two-year budget or to tackle any pressing policy … more
Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t newsworthy, but after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has been massive and … more
Like hundreds of parents and grandparents during the past two weeks of March Madness, my husband and I drove across Snoqualmie Pass to Spokane to attend the ninth annual Washington State Championship … more
In a recent conversation with a car dealer in the Dallas area, I was asked who will afford all the electric vehicles that are coming to market in the next several years. Despite all the hype for EVs, … more
As someone who collects news of local family-friendly activities like a child collects pretty rocks on the beach, I was surprised and delighted a few weeks ago to stumble upon a new source of … more
People sometimes ask me how I’ve found something to write about all these years. Regardless of logic, the secret answer is just trying to keep enough room on the desk to hold a cup of … more
I don’t know about you, but this inflation crap is really taking a bite out of daily expenses.  Worse, those responsible don’t seem to have any desire to do anything about it. Either … more
There is an old saying that states “don’t let the ‘perfect’ be the ‘enemy’ of the good.” That is important to remember as we work our way out of the … more
Imagine “Vikings,” “The Last Kingdom” and “Game of Thrones” — all thrown into novels but without the sex and swearing. That’s close to the … more
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