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1,000 miles on in-line skates

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
1,000 miles on in-line skates

by Ken Neher It started off innocently enough… our 21st wedding anniversary. There was an overnight stay at Sun Mountain Lodge, where we had spent part of our honeymoon. There was an awesome dinner with an awesome view of the … Continue reading

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Early newspaper couple circulated around

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Early newspaper couple circulated around

By Rod Molzahn George Blair parked his wagon on the main street of Ellensburg where his horse, “Old Sam,” could get a drink and a meal. Blair pulled back the tarp uncovering a load of his Wenatchee Valley peaches and … Continue reading

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Broccoli rabe: Easier to grow & cook

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Broccoli rabe: Easier to grow & cook

By Bonnie Orr The Brassica family has attitude, and their tastes elicit strong opinions. You all know someone who either loves or hates Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, or broccoli. All these cousins can have a strong … Continue reading

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Sagebrush Buttercup — Pretty and toxic

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Sagebrush Buttercup — Pretty and toxic

By Jaana Hatton You may have noticed these little wildflowers as far back as the end of March. The bright yellow blooms of the diminutive (3-4 inches) Sagebrush Buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus) are hard to ignore. It grows on dry soil … Continue reading

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Better at getting older

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Better at getting older

Why do some people continue to grow and thrive so much better and longer than others?   By June Darling At 80 I believe I am a far more cheerful person than I was at 20 or 30, I most … Continue reading

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Rethinking cholesterol: Aim even lower

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Rethinking cholesterol: Aim even lower

By Jim Brown, M.D. Last year I had a wake-up call. I was having some mild breathing issues so my excellent internist ordered a chest X-ray that suggested my right diaphragm was not working the way it should. The next … Continue reading

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Lazuli Bunting passing through on spring migration

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Lazuli Bunting passing through on spring migration

By Bruce McCammon The Lazuli Bunting is a seasonal visitor to north central Washington. They arrive as part of the spring migration and mix in with Grosbeak, Chat, Orioles and Tanagers to throw vibrant colors across our landscapes. This male … Continue reading

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Calling for stories about dads

By on April 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Calling for stories about dads

By Mike Cassidy We dads are under appreciated. We don’t get the shout-outs from the big, burly football players from the sidelines who seem to only be able to yell “Hi, Mom!” or the thoughtful presents from our kids (“Cool, … Continue reading

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Round and round the circles we go…

By on March 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Round and round the circles we go…

By G. Wayne Hawks You used to hear that the early pioneers had to circle their wagons. Today, it seems, the Department of Transportation is circling the roads. I remember when I was a kid I rode a merry go-round … Continue reading

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Mike Horan: rifle-toting Vigilante, family man, community booster: The man who would be the ‘Apple King’

By on March 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mike Horan: rifle-toting Vigilante, family man, community booster: The man who would be the ‘Apple King’

By Rod Molzahn On a dusty Wenatchee street, Mike Horan, rifle in hand, stood defiantly at the head of a vigilante group of Wenatchee men also armed with guns and clubs. In late 1892 the Great Northern Railroad reached Wenatchee. … Continue reading

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Blood pressure guide: 130 is the new 140

By on March 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Blood pressure guide: 130 is the new 140

By Jim Brown, M.D. In recent months the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines on hypertension (high blood pressure). These new guidelines are the product of three years of thorough review by a panel … Continue reading

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Don’t let brain trick you into being blue

By on March 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t let brain trick you into being blue

By June Darling A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. — William Blake One way of thinking about life is that we all are carrying a load in a metaphorical sense. We have problems, projects, … Continue reading

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Growing artichokes tough, eating is tasty

By on March 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Growing artichokes tough, eating is tasty

By Bonnie Orr In NCW, Artichokes are grown in containers, mostly for their foliage and, with luck, perhaps a few purple flowers. This plant thrives in cooler summers. Maximum temperatures for happy artichokes are in the 80s with much higher … Continue reading

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Western Meadowlark: Beautiful and nice singer, too

By on March 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Western Meadowlark: Beautiful and nice singer, too

By Bruce McCammon Spring brings increased numbers of Western Meadowlarks to our sage-steppe foothills and plateaus. These birds are about the size of a robin and have a bright yellow breast with a black V neck line. Their sides are … Continue reading

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Into the wilds by dirt roads

By on March 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Into the wilds by dirt roads

By Mike Cassidy People are always up to something. That’s our unofficial motto here at The Good Life, and we’re glad they are because their happenings creates stories for us. However, not all “somethings” make stories. For example, when Jaana … Continue reading

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One ugly hunting trip

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
One ugly hunting trip

By Keith Kellogg I have three real passions in my life: family, travel and hunting. When I can put all three of those together it usually amounts to a good day, but not always. On the last day of January … Continue reading

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Morgan Mohler – lineman for the county

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Morgan Mohler – lineman for the county

By Rod Molzahn Morgan Mohler couldn’t lift the tree that had fallen bringing down the phone line to Old Blewett. Instead he cut the line and pulled out the two ends, intending to splice them back together. The day was … Continue reading

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New spaces to taste wine in Leavenworth

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
New spaces to taste wine in Leavenworth

By Alex Saliby Wineries keep making news, with some changing winemakers and others moving into new locations. Shane Collins, formerly at Tsillan Cellars left that position and moved to Rocky Pond as their winemaker. My dear friend Ray Sandidge became … Continue reading

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The opioid epidemic, my take

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The opioid epidemic, my take

By Jim Brown, M.D. I suspect that many of you readers are as puzzled as I was about how the opioid epidemic with its high death rate seemed to spread so quickly throughout our country. When I was younger, drug … Continue reading

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Don’t fret about death, find meaning in life

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t fret about death, find meaning in life

By June Darling “As a general rule, the less one’s sense of life fulfillment, the greater one’s death anxiety.” — Irvin Yalom Lucinda Weatherby, an acquaintance and grief therapist from Lummi Island, told a story that caused me to take … Continue reading

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Cedar Waxwing: a colorful berry eater

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Cedar Waxwing: a colorful berry eater

By Bruce McCammon It is always a treat to see a flock of Cedar Waxwing in February or March. They show up as large groups and look for berries on Mountain Ash and other berry producing trees or shrubs. These … Continue reading

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Dreaming of raspberries: Summer in a bite

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Dreaming of raspberries: Summer in a bite

By Bonnie Orr Red raspberries are the princesses of the fruit world, and one of the most popular fruit grown by backyard gardeners. So, why are we reading about raspberries in March when they won’t be ripe until the later … Continue reading

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A wandering path towards success

By on March 1, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A wandering path towards success

We love the unusual and offbeat adventure stories here at The Good Life, so when an email arrived from Sharon Podlich with the subject line of “sailing adventure,” we were hooked upon reading the first few words of the message: … Continue reading

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Police humor

By on January 31, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Police humor

By Keith Kellogg I served the people of Wenatchee, and the Wenatchee Police Department for a little under 22 years. Most officers who retire are ready to get away from the stress and negativity, and to move on to other … Continue reading

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Feeling lonely? Here are ideas to help

By on January 31, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Feeling lonely? Here are ideas to help

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. — African proverb In December, with my encouragement, my husband took off for 10 days to explore the Amazon. After he left, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Is gluten-free a for real concern?

By on January 31, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Is gluten-free a for real concern?

It is hard to go into a grocery store without seeing a section for gluten-free foods or at least foods labeled as such. Restaurants now days frequently have gluten-free options on their menus. I often wondered how big an issue … Continue reading

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Conrad Rose: Gruff but a friend indeed

By on January 31, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Conrad Rose: Gruff but a friend indeed

Editor’s note: This story continues a series of bio sketches on prominent early settlers in the valley. Conrad Rose’s office at the Wenatchee Produce Company was sparse. There was a picture of Abraham Lincoln on the wall and a few … Continue reading

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Why have leftovers lost their appeal?

By on January 31, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Why have leftovers lost their appeal?

Moaned at many dinner tables is the familiar chant, “Not leftovers again!” Leftover food served at a second meal is a common kitchen regimen — or it has been until recently. (Do you remember when Dagwood used to make the … Continue reading

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Those who go are in the know

By on January 31, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Those who go are in the know

When our children were young, a far-flung extended family member was working on a two-year contract in Zambia and invited us to visit to African country. Housing and sightseeing would be provided. We thought hard about it, but it’s an … Continue reading

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The Powder Puff Race

By on December 28, 2017 in Columnist with 10 Comments
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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