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Climbing frozen water

By on November 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Climbing frozen water

By Heidi Swoboda I generally have the memory recall of a gnat. However, I have crystal clear snippets of mountain visions in my head. Visions of plastic blue Canadian ice, of standing in chest deep snow beneath the drip… Grinning … Continue reading

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Mother updates book on son’s suicide, urges better prevention

By on November 29, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Mother updates book on son’s suicide, urges better prevention

By Julie Zielinski Unexpected tragedy can strike at any time as our family experienced in 2005 when our oldest son Matthew took his own life. Seven years after his death I wrote a book, Matt’s Last Call: Surviving Our Protectors, … Continue reading

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Reflecting upon our family’s move Costa Rica: WHAT WOULD WE DO DIFFERENTLY?

By on November 29, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
Reflecting upon our family’s move Costa Rica: WHAT WOULD WE DO DIFFERENTLY?

By Geoff Barry Our family spent 20 months living in Costa Rica. We returned permanently to Wenatchee at the end of August 2016 so the kids could start school here last fall. Both during my trip and upon my return, … Continue reading

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The Barrys write: Our favorite parts of our adventure to Costa Rica

By on November 29, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
The Barrys write: Our favorite parts of our adventure to Costa Rica

Amara (age 11): My favorite part about Costa Rica was my friends. There were so many people from different cultures, teaching me different ways to view the world. My friends all had something different and unique about them, but at … Continue reading

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How one family dug out of debt

By on November 29, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
How one family dug out of debt

‘We had my paycheck and his savings to live off — but that was going to run out really fast… With all the school loans and the cars, we were a little over $42,000 in debt.’ By Mariann Boyce When … Continue reading

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A runner’s ultra revenge: Take that, ex-girlfriend

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A runner’s ultra  revenge: Take that, ex-girlfriend

By Danielle Worley At first running was all about revenge for Ed Henley. He had a girlfriend who ran and when she broke up with him, “I decided to run, too, and I was going to be the best and … Continue reading

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When the hills became too steep, and the town too crowded, these bicyclists in Europe switched gears

By on November 29, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
When the hills became too steep, and the town too crowded, these bicyclists in Europe switched gears

By Lief Carlsen Mary and I have never bothered to make elaborate travel plans. “Better to follow one’s nose upon arrival in a foreign land than to be hemmed in by inflexible schedules and commitments” is the way we looked … Continue reading

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One grandmother & two special weddings

By on November 29, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
One  grandmother  &  two  special  weddings

By Donna Cassidy If you are fortunate enough to live long enough, you may well attend your grandchildren’s weddings. Wenatchee grandmother Joanne Lawhead-Reimen attended two very different kinds of granddaughter’s weddings about a month apart this year. One was in … Continue reading

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Childhood horse grew into a horse for children

By on November 29, 2017 in Pets with 0 Comments
Childhood horse grew into a horse for children

Suzanne Grassell recently said goodbye to her 37-year old horse, Valentine. The grey Arabian mare had been a part of her life for 30 years. “She was my dream horse,” said Suzanne. “I begged for a horse for years, and … Continue reading

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Re-Runs: Selling the used to help seniors

By on November 29, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Re-Runs: Selling the used to help seniors

photos and story By Vicki Olson Carr In bygone days an assembly of apple warehouses and packing sheds dating from the 1940s, a café, a fish hatchery and several homes made up the little community of Chelan Station, where packed … Continue reading

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Hidden finds Whether snuggling in close to the river or sleeping above a working brewery, these Niche vacation properties offer unusual ‘Eureka! I found it!’ moments

By on November 29, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Hidden finds  Whether snuggling in close to the river or sleeping above a working brewery, these Niche vacation properties offer unusual ‘Eureka! I found it!’ moments

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy You may well be a savvy traveler, but unless you’ve hunted for holiday-overflow rooms or were hoping for a nearby weekend away from kids, it’s possible you’ve never searched the internet, specifically … Continue reading

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Waxing eloquent: Artist etches the topography of her past

By on November 29, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Waxing eloquent: Artist etches the topography of her past

By Susan Lagsdin Food on the plate, furnishings and fabrics, the color of walls, custom-made cards to friends — all precise and all creative expression. For years Alessandra Piro brought her keen and educated graphic artist’s eye for color, texture … Continue reading

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The voice: Creating a satisfying, rewarding life in theater and beyond

By on November 29, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
The voice: Creating a  satisfying, rewarding life in theater and beyond

By Susan Lagsdin By Susan Lagsdin “Being an actor kind of caught me by surprise,” explained David Cochran Heath, recently retired from a satisfying and life-sustaining 31 years in the theater. To local actors, most of whom freely donate their … Continue reading

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Breakfast cartoon

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Breakfast cartoon

Dan McConnell’s cartoon in the December 2017 issue of The Good Life

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What to do around Wenatchee December 2017

By on November 29, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments

Homegrown Country Jam, every first and third Monday, 7 – 10 p.m. Riverside Pub. NCW BLUES JAM, every second and fourth Monday. 7 – 10 p.m.  Riverside Pub. Wenatchee Paddle Club, every Tuesday, 9 a.m. open paddle, Tuesdays and Thursdays, … Continue reading

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Winning photos make a natural calendar

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Winning photos make a natural calendar

The winners have been selected and the calendar printed for the natural resources photo contest that combines appreciation for the environment with the artistic talent of local photographers. The contest is sponsored by The Chelan County Clean Water Campaign, a collaborative … Continue reading

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MIG!

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MIG!

By Dan Jordan Back in the 1970s when I was in my late teens and my cousin Sid, back from Vietnam, was in his 20s we carried out a stunt that, were we to have tried it in the present … Continue reading

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These potatoes sweet to cook with

By on November 29, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
These potatoes sweet to cook with

Sweet potatoes and yams are two names for the same vegetable sold in the local grocery stores. Some grocers mistakenly label sweet potatoes with yellow skins as yams; they label the red/purple tuber as a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes originated … Continue reading

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Think differently to find the good stuff in life

By on November 29, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Think differently to find the good stuff in life

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince In 1987, Dr. Joan … Continue reading

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Mysteries too amazing to comprehend

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Mysteries too amazing to comprehend

In the late 1950’s I was a science major in pre-med at the University of Nebraska. One of the requirements for medical school then was to have a year of physics study. When I look back at those classes compared … Continue reading

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Blair Family: Enticed by apples and grapes

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Blair Family: Enticed by apples and grapes

Editor’s note: This story continues a series of bio sketches on prominent early settlers in the valley. George Blair and Margaret Davis were married in Nebraska in 1872. By 1881 they had four daughters: Mamie, age 6, Grace, 5, Pearl, … Continue reading

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Handling money: Cash is king

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Handling money: Cash is king

When my wife and I were first married, we rented a small one-bedroom apartment already furnished. We both had jobs where we were each paid weekly in cash, in small tan pay envelopes. (Remember that time, when being paid in … Continue reading

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November 2017

By on November 22, 2017 in Past Issues with 0 Comments
November 2017

20 years a medical guinea pig • Office Moms and Dads help foster kids • Reframing more than retiring • Hail Valhalla, a quick Sunday hike • Amazing Greenland • Climbing the Space Needle • An overlooked piece of WWII … Continue reading

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What was your BEST DAY IN 2017?

By on November 17, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments

CONTEST!  CONTEST!  CONTEST Tell us a story about your best day in the past year, and perhaps win a $100 gift certificate to one of our fine advertisers.   Did you climb a mountain, check off an item on your … Continue reading

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Pie — yes, that’s pie — for breakfast

By on October 25, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Pie — yes, that’s pie — for breakfast

Daylight is arriving later each day, so rather than parading out to the garden in the morning, it is time for leisurely breakfasts. Special breakfasts call out “family time is important.” As the holidays approach, design some special daybreak meals. … Continue reading

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Fall morning at Lake Wenatchee

By on October 25, 2017 in Landscapes with 0 Comments
Fall morning at Lake Wenatchee

By Travis Knoop Fall brings with it a sense of change, ushering in a season of shorter days, dips in temperature and leaves turning bold colors. Flip flops and shorts are reluctantly traded for boots and fleece while summertime toys … Continue reading

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20 years a guinea pig

By on October 25, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
20 years a guinea pig

By Susan Rae Sampson I don’t remember how I was recruited, but I am one subject of a long-term study of health and happiness among middle-aged Americans. It all started 20 years ago, when I was only 50. My study … Continue reading

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Comforting local foster kids in transition

By on October 25, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Comforting local foster kids in  transition

By Molly Steere As I navigated the maze of cubicles hung with beautiful quilts, I donned a black apron embroidered with “Office Mom” in purple. Jennifer Thomason, Volunteer Coordinator, led me to the lunch room of DSHS’s Children’s Administration, and … Continue reading

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A serendipitous fall hike into Lake Valhalla

By on October 25, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
A serendipitous fall hike into Lake Valhalla

By Brad Brisbine We cherish our annual fall hike. The colors can enrich our souls until spring (boosted mid-winter with uncut powder on Wenatchee Mountain). Yellow-green, gold, orange and red. All there for our enjoyment; if we “get out.” My … Continue reading

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More than retiring, Rich Watson reframed his life

By on October 25, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
More than retiring, Rich Watson reframed his life

By Nancy Warner People often say that when you love your work it is not work. And one of the things I love about my work with IRIS, the Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship, is our process of finding … Continue reading

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