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Beware the code of the mountains!

By on March 31, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Beware the code of the mountains!

By G. Wayne Hawks I’m sorry it’s been so long since we last talked.  I’ve been in the hospital, and not just because I work there. I had to recuperate from… well, let’s start at the beginning… A couple years … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice (With apologies to Robert Frost)

By on March 31, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Fire & Ice (With apologies to Robert Frost)

By Rod Molzahn Massive forest fires and severe winters have been regular events throughout the history of north central Washington.  With the arrival of white people came a written record of the fires and freezes of the past. In 1853 … Continue reading

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You can change for the better… mostly

By on March 31, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
You can change for the better… mostly

By June Darling April is a great time for a fresh start.  In fact, there’s a science of fresh starts that suggests we are more able to motivate ourselves to change when there are certain external changes, like it’s a … Continue reading

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What if you knew when you were to die?

By on March 31, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What if you knew when you were to die?

By Jim Brown, M.D. What would you do if you knew the exact date that you would die?  Would you live your life differently? Take more risks? Spend more time with your family and friends? Try new experiences that you … Continue reading

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Smiling all the way into The Good Life

By on March 31, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Smiling all the way into The Good Life

By Mike Cassidy Editor Jim Brown asks a question this month worth pondering: If you knew for certain when you were to die, how might you change your life today? The good doctor then points out a website where you … Continue reading

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These 2 Wigeons sometimes flock together

By on March 31, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
These 2 Wigeons sometimes flock together

By Bruce McCammon American Wigeons start to show up in Wenatchee in August or September. By December they are one of the most common birds you can see if you visit Walla Walla Point Park or walk along the Loop … Continue reading

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

By on February 26, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
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

By on February 26, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
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

By on February 26, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
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 2 Comments
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

By on February 26, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
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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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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The old home place: Once the site of happy Norman Rockwell moments, now returning to the earth

By on January 28, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
The old home place: Once the site of happy Norman Rockwell moments, now returning to the earth

By Dan Jordan My morning’s wandering has brought me to this quiet place in the farmland of the Waterville plateau.  I stop my car, get out and stand in the bracing cold on a particular country road. Toasty in my … Continue reading

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The reoccurring fun of Groundhog’s Day

By on January 28, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
The reoccurring fun of Groundhog’s Day

By Jeanette Owens  I celebrate Groundhog Day each year. It is just plain fun.  The holiday is not driven by Hallmark or American Greetings or any other commercial venture. In fact, it is hard to find items to decorate with … Continue reading

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‘8th Wonder of World’ was big, big, big

By on January 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
‘8th Wonder of World’ was big, big, big

By Rod Molzahn “Coulee Dam… A Spectacle… Big Cogs, Big Machines… Big, Big, Big… The Biggest Thing On Earth.”  Hu Blonk, longtime writer and editor for the Wenatchee Daily World, wrote those words in an extended article on the continuing … Continue reading

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Immunotherapy: Enlisting the body’s own defenses as a possible cancer treatment in the future

By on January 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Immunotherapy: Enlisting the body’s own defenses as a possible cancer treatment in the future

By Jim Brown, M.D. About 21,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with stomach cancer annually.  Recently a relative very close to me was diagnosed with metastatic stomach cancer, which generally carries a poor prognosis.  He was first started … Continue reading

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Why some groups work better than others

By on January 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Why some groups work better than others

You want a prediction about the weather? You’re asking the wrong Phil. I’m going to give you a prediction about this winter? It’s going to be cold, it’s going to be dark and it’s going to last you for the … Continue reading

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Clark’s Nutcracker: Weather change curtails habitat

By on January 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Clark’s Nutcracker: Weather change curtails habitat

By Bruce McCammon Clark’s Nutcrackers inhabit higher elevation, mountaintop areas so you won’t see them in the lower valley zones.  They are worth the short drive to the top of Badger Mountain if you want to watch their antics.  With … Continue reading

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Not yo’ mama’s mountain chairlift

By on December 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Not yo’ mama’s mountain chairlift

By Julia Scott I know not how on God’s white earth I had managed to board the high-speed quad chairlift at this mega ski resort, but somehow, this country bumpkin was with my family on our way to the top … Continue reading

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A determined German: Overcoming one hardship after another, Ernst Wagner never quit paddling toward success

By on December 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A determined German:  Overcoming one hardship after another, Ernst Wagner never quit paddling toward success

By Rod Molzahn It was a curious sight. A large raft was slowly crossing the Columbia River from east to west under paddle power and more quickly moving downstream by current power. The raft carried a stove, bedding, household stuff, … Continue reading

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Bald Eagles hold a special place in our hearts

By on December 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Bald Eagles hold a special place in our hearts

By Bruce McCammon It always seems to me that people react a bit more enthusiastically when they see a large, wild animal. I refer to the group as “charismatic megafauna.” Bighorn sheep, elk, rhinoceros, elephants — the list goes on. … Continue reading

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When something normal becomes bad

By on December 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
When something normal becomes bad

By Jim Brown, M.D. Almost everyone has had experience with inflammation of one sort or another in his or her lifetime. Whenever we cut ourselves, are stung by an insect, suffer any injury like a broken bone, sprain an ankle, … Continue reading

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WOOP, WOOP, we can set and meet goals

By on December 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
WOOP, WOOP, we can set and meet goals

By June Darling It’s January, again. Do we really have to think about goals? If you are 60-plus, perhaps you think goals are a thing of the past. According to research done in the United Kingdom, (and perhaps it applies … Continue reading

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A place I could call…

By on December 20, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A place I could call…

By Mike Cassidy Editor Cassidyville? Cassidyburg? The Land of Cassidy? Excuse me, but I am just trying out a few names should I get the chance to name a town after… well, me. Unfortunately, in these modern times, most towns … Continue reading

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Write on! You say you want to write, and be published… here are some ideas of where to start

By on November 27, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments

By Molly Steere The Wenatchee Valley is a hotbed of creativity and lair of literature. I don’t know if I should credit the beautiful scenery, the interesting characters, or an extensive, collective history of creating, but this area is teeming … Continue reading

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Pet Tales

By on November 27, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Pet Tales

Tim and Tiffany Van Rheenen of Wenatchee were walking their two-year-old Red Bone Coon Hound Archie on a brisk forenoon at the Wenatchee dog park. “We started bringing him here when he was six months old,” said Tiffany about the … Continue reading

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Melvina Brown’s sweet Christmas present

By on November 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Melvina Brown’s sweet Christmas present

By Rod Molzahn The Deak and Lucy Brown family celebrated Christmas of 1907 at uncle George (Deak’s younger brother) and aunt Margarethe’s home in Monitor. Melvina Brown, named for her paternal grandmother, was the Brown’s sixth child and was 12 … Continue reading

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Our aging brains: How to keep them fresh

By on November 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Our aging brains: How to keep them fresh

By Jim Brown, M.D. I suspect most humans don’t spend much time thinking about their aging brains unless they feel somewhat forgetful at times. Speaking from my perspective as an aging senior, I am curious as to what is going … Continue reading

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Forgiveness: Good for our soul & our body

By on November 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Forgiveness: Good for our soul & our body

By June Darling Life is an adventure in forgiveness. — American author, Norman Cousins My father died in 2006. A few days after his service my mother and I were going through sympathy cards she had received. “Here’s one from … Continue reading

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