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Burning up calories while walking on whipped cream

By on December 28, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Burning up calories while walking on whipped cream

By Joe Anderson The snow in the mountains in late November started me dreaming about snowshoe trekking. I got so excited I went in the garage, dusted off my snowshoes, poles and hiking boots as I anticipated another huge snow … Continue reading

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Best day in 2017: ‘A breathtaking medieval world of long, long ago spread out    before us’

By on December 28, 2017 in Travel with 2 Comments
Best day in 2017: ‘A breathtaking medieval world of long, long ago spread out    before us’

By Susan Eby For someone who enjoys people as much as I do, it seemed strange to feel such deep, deep contentment as I wandered — alone — through the narrow stone streets of the tiny, ancient Italian hilltop city … Continue reading

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You can dig up a lot of garbage to find treasure

By on December 28, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
You can dig up a lot of garbage to find treasure

By Ruth Nickles My best day in 2017 began like any other day. It was crisp and cool. Bright yellow leaves were tumbling down onto the green grass. The morning had passed uneventfully. But in the afternoon, the phone rang. Not … Continue reading

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Best day in 2017 WINNER: ‘I was heart broken to see my son in this condition, so helpless’

By on December 28, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Best day in 2017 WINNER: ‘I was heart broken to see my son in this condition, so helpless’

By Jennifer Kent My best day in the year 2017 was also the scariest day. On Oct. 9, my six-day-old son underwent open-heart surgery. My husband and I were aware early on in my pregnancy that my son would require … Continue reading

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Best day in 2017: ‘…all we needed and just what we hoped for’

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Best day in 2017: ‘…all we needed and just what we hoped for’

By Julie Scott October 2017 welcomed a milestone birthday for me, so my family and I decided to take a weekend trip together to celebrate. Our destination was Trout Lake, near Mount Adams. Leaving on the last Friday morning of … Continue reading

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Best day in 2017: ‘More serenity’ with move to senior apartment

By on December 28, 2017 in Articles with 2 Comments
Best day in 2017: ‘More serenity’ with move to  senior apartment

By Leilani Bangs Decisions are often difficult; changes are often difficult. I decided, as a 74-year-old person living alone in my house with my cat, that it was time to make a change: I moved into an independent living apartment … Continue reading

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Best day in 2017: Friday(s) is the best day

By on December 28, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Best day in 2017: Friday(s) is the best day

By Judy Weaver At the beginning of January 2017, I read an article in a magazine with ideas of how to start the New Year in a positive manner. The premise of the article was encouraging the reader to write … Continue reading

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Favorite photos from 2017

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Favorite  photos from 2017

By Mike Cassidy Editor I thought these photos from our 2017 issues were so warm and happy that I wanted to share them again. I contacted the photographers for updated and expanded captions for a little perspective, and here you … Continue reading

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‘The best of Moab’ in 3 days

By on December 28, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
‘The best of Moab’ in 3 days

                            By Joe Anderson All great road trips have to start some place different than where they end. My wife, and I planned a three week trip … Continue reading

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Horse and rider: 2 make a century

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Horse and rider: 2 make a century

By Susan Lagsdin Contemporary culture gives a polite nod to senior citizens; store discounts are nice but not laudatory, ditto the “sir” and “ma’am,” but in the world of equine eventing, it’s very good to get older. All it takes … Continue reading

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‘The entire house pieces together like a form of artwork’

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‘The entire house pieces together like a form of  artwork’

              Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Travis Knoop It was kind of a Dream Team from the very start. As successful collaborators, home design consultant Lauren Bennett and architect Dan Pence have created … Continue reading

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Pet tales January

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Pet tales January

Matthew Kenny, 14, of Wenatchee and Max, 16 months, are inseparable. Matthew is the only one who can keep this 100-pound puppy in line. Max is a good puppy and has only one problem… digging. Matthew has filled in many holes … Continue reading

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ARTISTS UPDATE: 4 who keep on creating

By on December 28, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
ARTISTS UPDATE:  4 who keep on creating

By Susan Lagsdin Each new year we like to look into past issues for few local artists who’ve been introduced to you, just to see what’s been going on. This year we hit a treasure trove. A LOT has been … Continue reading

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What to do around Wenatchee in January 2018

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Homegrown County 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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Emoji cartoon

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Emoji cartoon

Dan McConnell’s Then and Now cartoon in the January 2018 issue of The Good Life

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The Powder Puff Race

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The Powder Puff Race

By Annette Byrd In the mid 1970s, I dated a man who, as a hobby, participated in stock car racing. His car was bright orange with a white 32 printed on the side. What make and model it was didn’t … Continue reading

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Pioneers’ hard work still helping Valley

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Pioneers’ hard work still helping Valley

Editor’s note: This story continues a series of bio sketches on prominent early settlers in the valley. By Rod Molzahn Zadok A. Lanham’s odyssey from Virginia to the Wenatchee Valley took six years. Born in 1849, he was 27 in … Continue reading

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How safe are dietary supplements?

By on December 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How safe are dietary supplements?

By Jim Brown, M.D. As a gastroenterologist, several recent articles presented at the National Liver Disease meetings this past year caught my eye. These presentations were discussing the risks of acute liver injury posed to consumers by the expanding spectrum … Continue reading

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How to boost hope and live better

By on December 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How to boost hope and live better

Human hope is the greatest power in life…. – Eugene O’Neill By June Darling If you were an evil genius and wanted humanity to suffer and die a long and painful demise, the thing you’d do is deflate hope. Conversely … Continue reading

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No worries — The ‘Bests’ are in

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No worries — The ‘Bests’ are in

By Mike Cassidy Each year as we approach the deadline for the “My Best Day” story contest, I start to worry. I worry if we are going to receive any entries, and then I worry if the stories will be … Continue reading

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Winter dining with squash & apple bake

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Winter dining with squash & apple bake

By Bonnie Orr It seems that with the long dark nights, we spend more evenings cozy inside. It is time for family activities, watch sports on TV or a movie or relax after a day of skiing or birdwatching. Does … Continue reading

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December 2017

By on December 20, 2017 in Past Issues with 0 Comments
December 2017

A son’s suicide: A call for better prevention • Reflecting on a family’s move to Costa Rica • How one family became debt free • A runner’s Ultra revenge • A change of plans in Europe • One grandmother and … Continue reading

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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

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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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