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The Beacon welcomes new editor

Madeline Coats, 22, is the newest editor and reporter for the Mill Creek Beacon. Coats graduated from the University of Washington this past June. She has degrees in journalism and creative writing, as well as a certificate in leadership. The...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    September 5, 2019

Packaging l Off Kilter

I’d guess that most of us haven’t given much thought to packaging – unless and until you are asked to open something that you just purchased and that is contained in a modern package. A few days ago, I purchased some D-cell batteries. I brought... Full story

 

Keeping it clear and vivid for as long as possible l Chuck's World

I’d like to state for the record that I consider Alan Alda to be a national treasure. I’m going to write a bit about Alda, so I wanted to be up front about my personal feelings. I should probably also mention that I consider both “National...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    August 28, 2019

Every boy should have a band l Off Kilter

Every young man can probably envision himself as the next Beach Boys, Beatles or Rolling Stones. Why do I say that? Because that’s what I remember thinking when I was a young man. If you had any musical talent (in my own case, my father was a... Full story

 

Lessons learned from a lifetime of Augusts l Chuck's World

“History never repeats itself,” Mark Twain once said, “but it rhymes.” Of course, if you believe the internet, Mark Twain said everything worth saying. Aside from a couple of nods in the direction of Abraham Lincoln, Twain pretty much owns...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    August 21, 2019

Language – or how to get in trouble without really trying l Off Kilter

Over the years, it has occurred to me that language can be both unclear as well as clear and also funny. For example, when we say, “I’m having an old friend for dinner” does that mean that the friend needs to cancel the dinner appointment for...

 

It takes a village l Chuck's World

I don’t drink and I don’t play golf. They still let me come to Scotland. I spent the past two weeks in that wee country, although it’s really not that wee. I just like using the word. It’s a manageable country, though. Two weeks was... Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    General    August 14, 2019

Road hazards l Off Kilter

This morning I hit a glancing blow to a deer. There I was driving within the speed limit, and off to my left side I thought I saw something moving. In fact, it was a deer, which proceeded to run directly in front of my car. I hit it with a glancing b... Full story

 

Finding my thin place l Chuck's World

I found myself face down on a beach last week, contemplating my mortality and talking to no one in particular, as there was no one in particular in my immediate vicinity. Or even not so immediate. I was pretty much alone, in fact, sprawled across...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    August 7, 2019

Friendship in the age of profile pictures l Chuck's World

I celebrated a birthday a couple of weeks ago, a remarkable one if an unremarkable number. I guess I could call it the best birthday ever, although you know what? I don’t keep that list, the list of favorite birthdays. It just felt as though it...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 31, 2019

Volunteering l Off Kilter

I’ve volunteered some of my time for quite a long period. It started while I was still a relatively young worker. I was working at Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts, building anti-aircraft missiles (ground to air). At any rate, when the Raytheon... Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 31, 2019

This is how you go home again l Chuck's World

It’s an unremarkable place, even by the standards of nondescript architecture. A low-slung building with what appears to be a tin roof, a tourist stop just an hour away from the Grand Canyon, Black Bart’s Steakhouse sits just off Interstate 40...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 24, 2019

About stuff l Off Kilter

There is a TV show called “Hoarders.” It is about people who have a mental disorder that does not allow them to get rid of anything. You will see someone (usually the Real Estate agent charged with selling the property) walk in and be “overwhel... Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 24, 2019

Sexagenarian is not just a funny word l Chuck's World

Yearbooks have lost most of their power now. What used to shock me on the rare occasions when I ran across them, the stray moments preserved in handwriting, the DNA pressed between the pages, has become abstract now. It’s too far away, too remote...

 

Nearly wed, need advice

Dear SharonAnn, Getting married is certainly complicated. We are in our 60’s. We’ve talked about many important issues during our dating time—family, hobbies, health, money, beliefs about God, lifestyle, even politics. Did we miss any? My... Full story

 
 By John McAlpine    General    July 19, 2019

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bombeck Here are some ways to help others: Peer to Peer Counselor - To... Full story

 

Where to get help paying your Medicare costs

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any sources you know of that can help me save on my Medicare coverage? I’m 65, and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare out-of-pocket costs. Need Some Help Dear Need, There...

 

Botanicals for stress support

Every day, we navigate the countless stressors hurled our way. We all have our strategies to adapt and stay balanced. Maybe we go for a walk, spend time with loved ones, stream that new Netflix special, take a bath, or simply close our eyes and...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 17, 2019

Animal trapping l Off Kilter

We’re in the process of building a new home. It’s located on a now empty lot down on the water in Edmonds. Turns out we have colonies of mountain beaver living underground on this parcel. They have lived in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of...

 

The Rick Roll of a lifetime l Chuck's World

A few years ago, while visiting family in Texas, I was watching the local PBS station when I noticed a familiar face. They were having a pledge drive. I don’t know why I feel the need to note that, as if it were a special occasion. But it was, as... Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 10, 2019

Looking at the big picture through older lenses

We entertained a couple of friends from out of town a few weeks ago, although I’m not sure how entertaining we were. We didn’t tap dance or anything. It wasn’t unusual. A high-tech conference in downtown Seattle will draw people from all over,...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 10, 2019

Annual physical

OK, for those of you a bit squeamish, you need not read further. I just took my annual physical exam. Let me start with the “check in procedure.” First, you fill out at least a half dozen forms, of which most of the information requested is...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 3, 2019

Stephen Hawking: A brief history of time

We lost one of the most brilliant minds last year. Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. This genius spent his entire academic career trying to explain the universe: Why it is, where it came from, what is its future? Hawking was, until recent... Full story

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 3, 2019

A modern life in airplane mode

A quarter of my life has passed without my father being around to hear about it. I used to enjoy calling him on Saturday nights, catching him up and just chatting about whatever, and for months after his death in 2003, I’d sometimes find myself...

 

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