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“Working 9 to 5” is a Dolly Parton phrase not often uttered by volunteers, board members and employees of nonprofits in our community. That’s because, when you focus your efforts on … more
Do you want to write your memoirs? Are fictional characters running around in your head, begging for you to tell their story? Do you have a love story pining for release? Did you experience a chapter … more
It’s another great week at the Southwest Washington Fair.   As always, the Midway is a prime spot to see old friends and people-watch.   I was privileged to accompany my son … more
Before I started working in college administration, I was an English teacher for a lot of years. There’s a special feeling that comes from the days getting shorter and school supplies filling … more
An article I found online recently was responsible for an increase in the heartbeat of this old duffer.   It was a notice of the plays that will be appearing in The Evergreen Playhouse this … more
Prior to stepping down earlier this year, I had the privilege of serving as House Republican leader in the Washington state House of Representatives for five years. In that role, I worked closely … more
Growing up in the 1960s, our parents blamed everything on “The Beatles.”   According to them, they were “the punks” from Liverpool who caused all the teenagers to go … more
More than 80 years ago, when the Japanese attacked U.S. battleships at Pearl Harbor, men throughout the nation rushed to enlist in the military to fight the nation’s enemies. But to win that … more
In an era marked by the pressing need for sustainable energy solutions, Lewis County stands poised to make a groundbreaking stride toward a cleaner future. The proposal for a hydrogen facility in our … more
I hope you all nominated candidates for The Chronicle’s annual “Best of Lewis County” competition. The voting round will come next, beginning Aug. 24. In a homespun spinoff, … more
This week, our community learned about a troubling situation involving the management of centers by the Lewis County Seniors Board. It’s a bit complicated and has left many people in our … more
I was intrigued by the front page story in The Chronicle about the trial of a guy named Two Dogs Fasaga (mostly the Two Dogs part), the apparent gruesomeness of the crime he was charged with and the … more
You can’t please everyone. Why do we even try to please others?   Because we like being liked. If we are honest with ourselves, we do not like it when people do not like us. It … more
If there is one figure in America who stands above politically based criticism or politics of any kind, it's Dolly Parton. You don't even have to be a country music fan to admire her. The … more
It's hot out there, or at least it will be. Summer is here and I heard on the news the other day that this summer is set to be the hottest on record.     Fossil fuels and our over … more
You may remember from last week's column that I was stuck wearing the wrong boots on patrol in Korea.   On day two, we headed north again, gaining altitude until we reached an area that … more
So often, we celebrate huge stories of success — the student who pulled themselves out of addiction or homelessness, the high-achieving student headed to an Ivy League university on a full … more
More than a year ago, when I interviewed 100-year-old Lisa Blomdahl, she pedaled her stationary bike and walked on her treadmill in her exercise room overlooking Chehalis to show what a healthy … more
This week, our community saw an example of exclusion in the name of inclusion.   In a piece written by Lewis County Seniors President Carol Brock for the Senior Dynamics publication, it was … more
On Tuesday evening, Janet tentatively entered the lobby of Northwest Pediatrics Center. She was greeted by volunteers of Health & Hope Medical Outreach with enthusiasm. She learned that she was … more
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