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Dreamer, determined Philip Miller — irrigator and rancher

By on September 27, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Dreamer, determined Philip Miller — irrigator and rancher

By Rod Molzahn Editor’s note: This story is the first of a series of Bio sketches on prominent early settlers in the valley. The man crossing the Wenatchee Flat on the big mule in the spring of 1872 was Philip … Continue reading

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Dr. John Gill’s change of heart

By on September 27, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Dr. John Gill’s change of heart

By Jim Brown, M.D. Dr. John Gill underwent a successful heart transplant on April 20 at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, California. John has been a friend and colleague ever since he joined the then Wenatchee Valley Clinic … Continue reading

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Flavorful winter squash zing up fall cooking

By on September 27, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Flavorful winter squash zing up fall cooking

By Bonnie Orr Autumn’s cooler evenings encourage cooks to start baking again. Winter squash is easy to grow and will keep in a cool location all winter long, and I often have to pace myself not to use them all … Continue reading

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Stuck in time: Past, present or future

By on September 27, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Stuck in time: Past, present or future

By June Darling You’re about to find out why some people are more successful than others, why some are happier, why some are addicted to gambling, drugs and alcohol and why some couples have more friction. When you hear the … Continue reading

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History on a personal level

By on September 27, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
History on a  personal level

Editor’s notes by Mike Cassidy I asked my grandfather when he was alive to tell the story about his family — where they came from, when they emigrated to the U.S., if we still had any known relatives in Ireland. … Continue reading

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The trials and tribulations of technology

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The trials and tribulations of technology

By G. Wayne Hawks One day recently I got into my 2016 automobile and drove from Wenatchee to Yakima. When I left the sun had gone down, but it wasn’t dark yet. After it got dark I noticed my self-dimming … Continue reading

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The back page: The twirling skunk

By on August 29, 2017 in Columnist with 1 Comment
The back page: The twirling skunk

By Sarah Shaffer A good friend of mine and I went mountain biking recently on a ride that has been on my bucket list — the Twin Peaks to Sage Hills ride. Both my friend (whose pseudo name is Jim, … Continue reading

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1880s roll on with development& disaster

By on August 29, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
1880s roll on with development& disaster

By Rod Molzahn The year 1887 saw continued settlement to the north of the Wenatchee Valley. Lewis Detwiler and his family were the first to homestead up the Entiat Valley, moving there from their first homestead near Orondo. The wheat … Continue reading

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Update on prostate cancer

By on August 29, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Update on prostate cancer

By Jim Brown, M.D. Since September is prostate cancer awareness month it seems appropriate to discuss any new information or thoughts about treatment of this all too common disease. Recently I was asked to lead a discussion about my experience … Continue reading

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Peaches and roses, a beautiful combination

By on August 29, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Peaches and roses, a beautiful combination

By Bonnie Orr Tree-ripened peaches are one of the most fragrant fruits. NCW produces a variety of these luscious, juicy fruit in late summer. Preserving rose petals with sugar captures the rose’s fragrance. What a pairing — better than peaches … Continue reading

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Reading your way to the good life

By on August 29, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Reading your way to the good life

By June Darling “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — Albert Einstein One dark and stormy night, a young boy howled … Continue reading

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Slow down, you move too fast

By on August 29, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Slow down, you move too fast

We love the action stories here at The Good Life. People climbing mountains, taking up new instruments, raising alpacas, building unique homes, heading out, getting on, finding a new adventure around the next turn. Whoopee, bring it on. And then … Continue reading

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Marriage: Is when a man and woman become as one; the trouble starts when they try to decide which one

By on July 25, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Marriage: Is when a man and woman become as one;  the trouble starts when they try to decide which one

By Lance Stegemann Ten years ago this summer, Barb and I met through our mutual friend and now sister-in-law Natilyn Stegemann. It was a brief introduction, but like most chance encounters, the stars were aligned. My brother George had his … Continue reading

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1880s: A growing influx of white settlers

By on July 25, 2017 in Columnist with 1 Comment
1880s: A growing influx of white settlers

Change was rumbling towards the Wenatchee Valley like J.J. Hill’s steam locomotives. It was 1881. The next decade would bring growing population, farms where there had been sagebrush and towns where none had been. By mid decade all of north … Continue reading

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Best friends: A gift you can give yourself

By on July 25, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Best friends: A gift you can give yourself

Recently my wife and I have been on a mission to pare down and de-clutter in an attempt to downsize. I have finally been going through what seems to be a ton of stuff that I have accumulated over a … Continue reading

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It’s so easy to go along with evil

By on July 25, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
It’s so easy to go along with evil

“Don’t be evil.” “Do the right thing.” Those mottoes are familiar, popularized as Google’s code of conduct and ethics. They are, in a nutshell, the moral slogans of our civilization. It’s what our parents, teachers and theologians preach. Despite our … Continue reading

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You can do so much with cauliflower

By on July 25, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
You can do so much with cauliflower

Cauliflower is the vegetable equivalent of tofu. It is fairly flavorless and is nearly always embellished with something lip-smacking tasty. The most remarkable feature of this vegetable is that it can be eaten raw or boiled, steamed, sautéed, pickled, baked, … Continue reading

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Have a magical day

By on July 25, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Have a  magical day

I’ve just left taking a photo of Susan Blair (aka Perri, the Poetry Fairy) and as she shook my hand goodbye, she leaned in and said: “Have a magical day.” Well, why not? Before going off to take Susan’s photo, … Continue reading

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65 going on 15

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
65 going on 15

By G. Wayne Hawks We drove over the pass on one fine October day to take in the Issaquah Salmon Festival. We took Linda’s car. She has a couple-year-old Mazda CV-5. It has one of them new-fangled electronic fob things … Continue reading

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Stories of Coyote, protector of Humans

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Stories of Coyote, protector of Humans

In the beginning, before humans came, there were the Animal People, formed in pre-history by the Spirit Chief — The Creator — The Mystery. The Spirit Chief gave the Animal People their names and powers. The greatest power was given … Continue reading

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Unpleasant disease with a distasteful cure

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Unpleasant disease with a distasteful cure

Dr. Steve Kaster, the medical director for clinical research for Confluence Health, recently told me they would soon be participating in a clinical vaccine trial for a type of colitis known as Clostridia Difficile (C. Diff. Colitis) for patients over … Continue reading

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Apricots: Relish these golden orbs of flavor

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Apricots: Relish these golden orbs of flavor

We are so fortunate to live in a region where apricots thrive. Everyone seems to have a personal favorite such as Blenheim, Tilton, Moorpark or Perfection. What a delightful early summer fruit, even though its blushy, orange and pink skin … Continue reading

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Picking up my wine glass and moving on

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Picking up my wine glass and moving on

This column is my last hurrah for a regular Alex on Wine. The local wine landscape is changing far too rapidly for me to even begin to keep up with the news. I counted 49 wineries in what I refer … Continue reading

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Wolves, gold and dreams realized

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wolves, gold and dreams realized

My wife is pacing down by the river, trying to find the perfect spot to begin her new hobby of panning for gold, but I’m sitting on a log in the cool shadows trying to save England from a Nazi … Continue reading

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Write your dream, live the good life

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Write your dream, live the good life

People believe they cannot live the good life because… well they have arthritis in one knee, or they don’t have enough money to buy a new car, or their children are having problems, blah, blah. I don’t agree. Mind you … Continue reading

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Here’s looking at you, kid

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Here’s looking at you, kid

By Molly Steere After a particularly heavy snowfall, my son invited four of his friends over to go sledding after school. As I worked at my computer I kept an eye on the window, making sure the boys were staying … Continue reading

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The plain truth about Beaver Valley

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The plain truth about Beaver Valley

By Rod Molzahn A group of archeologists working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1986 began a survey and exploration of lands along the upper Wenatchee River. Just downstream from the river’s beginning they found signs of house pits and … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s: Old disease, new ideas

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Parkinson’s: Old disease, new ideas

By Dr. Jim Brown A short time ago a reader of The Good Life suggested I write about Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after that I was told a friend of mine about my age was just diagnosed with that condition. That … Continue reading

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Lost your creativity or zing? Get outside in nature

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Lost your creativity or zing? Get outside in nature

By June Darling One Saturday morning in the middle of April, I was feeling blah — even a bit nauseous. I was considering going back to bed. Meanwhile, my husband was babbling on about a hike some friends were taking. … Continue reading

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The perfect soup for June

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The perfect soup for June

By Bonnie Orr Sometimes I read a book that inspires me to cook. I read John Baxter’s book, The Perfect Meal, where he traveled around France sourcing authentic ingredients. His description of Potage St. Germaine made me think of June. … Continue reading

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