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The time when the bald eagle triumphed over the turkey

July includes our country’s birthday, so let’s hitch a ride in a DeLorean and go back to the past to answer a question: Which bird would be elevated to one of the new nation’s …

Thoughts about nurturing fathers

As a father, I learned long ago the reason I had children was to learn about my faults. The insightful Charles Wadsworth once said: “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, …

Banjos capture the voices of our past

June is African American Music Appreciation Month. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter created it to acknowledge African American contributions to music as a vital part of our nation's cultural heritage. …

It’s our ocean and our sand

June is National Oceans Month, so let’s talk about our beautiful beaches. It was President James Polk (1795-1849) who used the term “from sea to sea,” which is now interpreted to …

The pain from our value conflicts

May is set aside to think about Mental Health issues so let’s explore moral value conflicts and how those conflicts affect us and our relationships.   A few of my sources include Jack …

Mill Creek Veterans Monument needs to be updated

Customarily, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, veterans are often approached and greeted with “thank you for your service”; “thank you and your love ones for serving our …

The wise and insightful Will Rogers

As you enter into this article, keep in mind this is my adaptation of Will Rogers’ (1879-1935) expressed views. I’m not a well-founded witness because what I know comes from the …

The outbreak of male loneliness

In 1949, May was designated as Mental Health Month. I propose we use May to become aware of what is being called the Male Loneliness Syndrome.  Remember those times when you felt …

It’s never too late to set personal goals

Yes, I know we are quarter of our way into 2024, but it’s never too late to make more 2024 resolutions. After reading Kate Colvin’s “Seven Tips to Keep You Feeling Your …

The work from the latest Washington State Legislature is now in the history books. And what did our 44th District Sen. John Lovick accomplish for us and our community? Being one of our current …

Lights on for safety bill on hold for now

Now that the 2024 legislative session in Olympia is in the history books, I can't but wonder how many might wonder what happened to Sen. John Lovick’s Senate Bill 6288? But before I answer …

Lights on for safety bill on hold for now

Now that the 2024 legislative session in Olympia is in the history books, I can't but wonder how many might wonder what happened to Sen. John Lovick’s Senate Bill 6288? But before I answer …

Knock-knock: Jokes are in the belly of the holder

April Fool’s Day starts Natural Humor Month and, as I believe, a belly laugh a day keeps the doctors away. “Humor” is a relative word – it’s in the belly of the …

Let’s be open about that forbidden topic

Death. What instantly comes to mind?  I don’t need to read this any further? When will I die? Will it be a slow one? What pain will it have on my loved ones? Where is the …

She was the Thorpe, Ruth and Nicklaus of sports

We talk about Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth Jr. (The Babe), and Jack Nicklaus, but do you know the greatest athlete of them all? After reading Gene Schoor’s “Babe” Didrikson: The …

Introvert or extrovert? I had it all wrong

Since March is the month to explore introverts, I have this to offer: After over 19 years of teaching on the university level and now looking back at my grading process, I know I had it all wrong …

Quilting is a form of art

Like any artistic medium, a creator may never know how their creative weight will change the world. An example: quilters. Rather than those journaling an emotional memory or talking about a social …

Utterly unfeasible? They said it couldn’t be done

Women in Aviation Week is celebrated annually in March. This year it's March 4-10. Aviation history was supportive of it being “utterly unfeasible” for women to become pilots; this …

Elizabeth Jennings Graham: Another unsung woman hero

February being Black History Month, let us not forget that her name was famous among many. But today Elizabeth Jennings Graham, who had a lot to do with the Civil Rights Movement, was until recently …

Our presidential Anthem: ‘Hail to the Chief’

Presidents Day is Monday, Feb. 19, so let’s take some time and review the history behind our presidential anthem. We do not know the words per se, but there’s no denying “Hail …

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