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Tomorrow marks a birthday celebration, the date when a well-known Upper Cowlitz woman was born beside the banks of the Cowlitz River near present-day Randle about 170 years ago. Official Yakama … more
The 2024 special session of the Washington Legislature starts in a little over a week, and from the looks of the state Republican Party's to-do list, it'll be a busy 60 days. GOP senators … more
“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers Twice in the past week, beloved people of strength and character in my life have confided to … more
A few years back, a bumper sticker with a blunt message enjoyed some fleeting popularity in a few of the Northwest's outer reaches: "We don't give a damn how they did it in California." And … more
You might consider her a Christmas elf — at least a woman with a spirit of giving. Every year, Charlene Scott crotchets 100 colorful caps using donated yarn and gives them away in the … more
Walking down Centralia College Boulevard on a recent Saturday evening, through the floats lined up ahead of the Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade, I had an amazing moment. To the left, I could … more
In the 1990s, “things go better with Coca Cola” was the catchy slogan that dairy farmers dreaded. At the time, milk producers were in a head-to-head battle with soft drink giants and … more
Seven years ago, I was certain I’d never live in Lewis County again. Certainty, I’d learn, is fickle at age 18. On March 15, 2021, 10 days after my 23rd birthday, I entered the … more
Traditions are a mysterious thing. Some are created and passed down with great fanfare and solemnity. But others are born quietly and enter our lives unnoticed. After just a little repetition, … more
“I love jumping into icy cold water in January,” said nobody. That’s what I thought, anyway. However, a group of brave volunteers will plunge into Mayfield Lake on Jan. 27 to … more
I read an interesting question posed by a columnist a while back asking how long before artificial intelligence (AI) would be smarter than humans.  I’ll admit, I don’t fully … more
“Life seems to go without effort when I am filled with music,” George Eliot once said. Every year around this time, my mom and dad would bring out our Christmas albums.  I … more
A woman in Washington, D.C., emailed me last week about the heart-rending column I wrote about my niece’s stillborn baby. Elizabeth “Liz” O’Donnell’s baby, Aaliyah, … more
Does anyone else feel a little snowed in by Christmas season events?  I try to say “Yule see me there” to just about everything in December, but there are simply too many … more
The Evergreen State has always been one of the safer places to live, work and raise a family in America, going back at least as far as 1960.   Tragically, as of 2022, that’s no longer … more
People of my generation and a bit younger probably remember Aesop's fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” The moral it taught was that living in poverty with security is better … more
It is that time of year when people put up their outside holiday lights and displays. Judging from our neighborhood, they are decorating more than usual. In our country, 90 percent of … more
On Tuesday down in Olympia, in a hearing about the crime surge that swamped America during the pandemic, the committee chairman said he had one big question. "I want to frame this around what … more
After a long run of strong spending, there are signs that consumers are beginning to slow down the pace of purchasing just a bit.   U.S. retail sales fell 0.1% in October, the first decline … more
Thirteen-year-old Bill Murdock’s district sales manager called on a Sunday in early December. The Oregon Journal printed a special edition for him to sell on the streets of Astoria that blared … more
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