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March 2019

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March 2019

Getting educated about family tragic — and secret — past • The Good Life cartoonist goes Mad • Look up for amazing photos • True companions for 50 years • Andy Dappen is taking a Friday off (and maybe you … Continue reading

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A generation removed from his family’s traumatic history, he grew up surrounded by the after effects

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A generation removed from his family’s traumatic history, he grew up surrounded  by the after effects

By Aaron Loeffelbein Every day, we are inundated with a flood of sensationalized headlines and click-bait articles of dubious veracity.  On the one hand, we are annoyed and on the other, we can’t resist the dash cam crashes and cute … Continue reading

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Doors of perception

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Doors of perception

By DeeDee Cleveland As a longtime amateur photographer, I developed a passion for capturing images of doors while traveling through Washington and visiting British Columbia, California and Europe.  I’m grateful to have travel companions who tolerantly wait as I make … Continue reading

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Read Educated, talk about it, and then listen to author

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Read Educated, talk about it, and then listen to author

Every spring, North Central Regional Library hosts a one-read program, encouraging everyone to read the same book, discuss it in their book groups or at forums held at local libraries, and then hear the author speak. It’s called NCRL Reads.  … Continue reading

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The Good Life cartoonist goes MAD

By on February 26, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
The Good Life cartoonist goes MAD

By Dan McConnell After about 50 years of yearning to be one of MAD magazines “Usual Gang of Idiots,” as of Jan. 2, I achieved my dream.  I started cartooning in 1980 with my Apple Andy weekly cartoon strip, went … Continue reading

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LOOK UP: Photographer of the stars

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LOOK UP: Photographer of the stars

When I was teaching photography, I used to say, “If you can’t find something to shoot, look down.”  By Al Piecka Now days with the new digital cameras, everyone has pictures of bears, birds, fall flowers, landscapes and the like … Continue reading

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Pet tales

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Pet tales

Jax Reynerson, 2, above, is at Grandmama and Pappas’ house in Cashmere, snuggling with one of his favorite buddies, Scooter. Scooter is a 7-year-old Boxer Mastiff mix.  When Jax is visiting from Chelan, he and Scooter are inseparable, said Grandmama … Continue reading

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True companions: What the newlyweds didn’t know the golden celebrants understand

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True companions: What the newlyweds didn’t know  the golden celebrants understand

By Linda Reid Sometimes life has an interesting way of bringing us to a point in time where we take a deep breath and push “pause.”  If we have been blessed to live long enough, it can remind us that … Continue reading

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A Friday Andy’s not working… and maybe you shouldn’t, either

By on February 26, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
A Friday Andy’s not working… and maybe you shouldn’t, either

story and photos  By Andy Dappen “I’m taking the day off because of you,” Mike Rolfs told me when WenatcheeOutdoors.org announced that all residents of our fair valley should not work but play outdoors in nature on the Friday closest … Continue reading

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The years have come and gone, but the boyhood thrill of racing pulsates on

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The years have come and gone, but the boyhood thrill of racing pulsates on

By Steve Wellman What does it take for a dream to become a reality? You might say, “The blink of an eye.”  In a real way, that is correct, but it takes a certain elasticity of the mind for it … Continue reading

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An ode to an apricot tree

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An ode to an apricot tree

By Lief Carlsen Call me sentimental. Call me a tree hugger.  I prefer to see my affinity for a certain little tree on the hillside in front of my house as something of a morality tale.  I have always been … Continue reading

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A dream house for 3, designed to last a lifetime

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A dream house for 3, designed to last a lifetime

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Mark and Tami Jo Nerby and her sister Tracy Harrington, all clustered healthily around their late 50s, devised a solution to a big problem that hasn’t even arisen yet.  They’d each witnessed … Continue reading

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The three Finns of Wenatchee

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The three Finns of Wenatchee

By Jaana Hatton The biggest delights in life are the unexpected ones, those happy events that come your way dancing and singing in the middle of your mundane Monday.  I was fortunate enough to experience that twice in my four … Continue reading

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Pole dancing and belly dancing?

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Pole dancing and belly dancing?

By Marlene Farrell Belly dancing and pole dancing might not appear to have much in common, but for Nadège Margaria, they are the two foci of an evolving passion. Nadège described the standing ovation she received after a performance in … Continue reading

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Joy, hope and love: When the Wicklines come on stage, faces smile and toes get tapping

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Joy, hope and love: When the Wicklines come on stage, faces smile and toes get tapping

By Marlene Farrell Photos by Kevin Farrell Eight friends shared a stage for a Christmas show. Behind them, the floor to ceiling windows gave a sense they were playing, not just for their audience, but also their tunes were spilling … Continue reading

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Snow cartoon

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Snow cartoon

What to do around Wenatchee during March

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What to do around Wenatchee during March

NCW BLUES JAM, every second and fourth Monday. 7 – 10 p.m.  Riverside Pub. Homegrown Country Jam, every first and third Monday night, 7 to 10 p.m. Riverside Pub. Upper Valley Running Club, every Tuesday, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Check-in … Continue reading

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Hearing voices: Did she have Old Timer’s Disease?

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Hearing voices: Did she have Old Timer’s Disease?

By Diana Carty I took care of my dear Aunt Betty for five-and-a-half years until she died at the ripe old age of 101.  She lived in Kentucky her whole life and had that sweet Kentucky drawl that made one … Continue reading

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Don’t waste the pain: How to use suffering

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Don’t waste the pain: How to use suffering

By June Darling Some years back, I was kayaking with a friend when she posed an unusual question: “What would you say or ask for if you came face to face with God?” My response popped out almost immediately. It … Continue reading

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After Ernst Wagner became weary with apple brokers, he became one, selling fruit overseas

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After Ernst Wagner became weary with apple brokers, he became one, selling fruit overseas

Editor’s note: In the January edition, Rod Molzahn told how German immigrant Ernst Wagner overcame one challenge after another to become a successful apple grower. Now, Rod relates how Wagner went on to grow his operations.  By Rod Molzahn RodErnst … Continue reading

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Medical marijuana: Where’s clinical proof?

By on February 26, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Medical marijuana: Where’s clinical proof?

By Jim Brown, M.D. There is a lot of hype these days about so-called medical marijuana.  Currently, half of our states have legalized medical marijuana in some form. Undoubtedly, one reason is it is extremely profitable for the suppliers, and … Continue reading

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California Quail: Equipped with natural insulation

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California Quail: Equipped with natural insulation

By Bruce McCammon What is a plump little bird with a bouncing top-knot that runs across the road or through your yard all year long?  California Quail is the answer.  Gallinaceous birds — like quail, turkey, pheasant and chukar — … Continue reading

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Get out. Just get out on March 22

By on February 26, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Get out. Just get out on March 22

Mike Cassidy Editor Readers will often ask how do we find stories for The Good Life. I’ll respond by saying we rely on a small group of steady writers and a slightly larger group of occasional contributors, along with being … Continue reading

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February 2019

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February 2019

Let’s snowshoe • The story of Echo Ridge ski area • Skiing White Pass on the cheap • An introvert goes on a group vacation • Warming outside art with whimsy • Remembering the old home place • Hiking in … Continue reading

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A good yarn: Art dressed for success

By on January 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A good yarn: Art dressed for success

By Mike Cassidy Editor This is the first issue ever of The Good Life not to feature a photo of a person on the cover. Yes, that’s 140 issues of looking like a local People magazine. But the fun photos … Continue reading

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Snow life

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Snow life

By Joe Anderson The Clara Lake and Marion Lake areas next to Mission Ridge Ski Area offer breathtaking views of the snowy wilderness.  This view was captured in the early morning directly after a heavy snowfall before the creek froze … Continue reading

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Let’s snowshoe

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Let’s  snowshoe

By Joe Anderson The new year has arrived, and I am sure resolutions have been made to lose weight, get more exercise and to dust off the snow shoes in the garage or to use the new ones Santa left.  … Continue reading

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The story of echo ridge is one of passion, cooperation and the splendor of mother nature

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The story of echo ridge is one of passion, cooperation and the splendor of mother nature

By Lief Carlsen In the winter of 1988, forestry technician Ken Dull considered himself a lucky man. After 10 years of scraping by on seasonal work for the U.S. Forest Service, he was now a full-time employee with the impressive … Continue reading

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White Pass on the cheap

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
White Pass on the cheap

by Andy Dappen Most journalists are not well paid. I, for example, benefit from rummaging through trash bins looking for aluminum cans whose shiny metals can double my earnings. My skinny wallet existence means vacations are a challenge. A typical … Continue reading

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VACATION QUESTION: Could an introvert and her family find happiness sharing a private villa in Mexico with near strangers?

By on January 28, 2019 in Travel with 0 Comments
VACATION QUESTION: Could an introvert and her family find happiness sharing a private villa in Mexico with near strangers?

By Molly Steere After several surgeries last year, including a total knee replacement, I was desperate for something to look forward to.  However, my husband, Toby, and I were trying to save money (I hear college is expensive these days) … Continue reading

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