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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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Spinning a life out of fantasies

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Spinning a life  out of fantasies

By Mike Cassidy We welcome Fantasy artist Aimee Stewart back to the cover this month — her creative self-portrait in April 2012 was one of our most talked-about covers. Aimee emailed us a few months ago about changes in her … Continue reading

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The Wine Girl beckons us in

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The Wine Girl beckons us in

By Alex Saliby Several years ago, Angela Jacobs moved her Wine Girl Wines winery from the Seattle area to Manson. It wasn’t long before she and her wines were well known in this area. Her wines developed a following which … Continue reading

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Living as the less famous Alex Haley

By on April 26, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Living as the less famous Alex Haley

By Alex Haley (But not that Alex Haley) Living as the less famous Alex Haley has been, to say the least, interesting. I haven’t met many other people who share a celebrity’s name so I’m not sure what the general … Continue reading

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By on April 26, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments

To help understand the historic importance of the Wells House — which is undergoing a remodel, see our story on page 22 — here is a repeat of a Rod Molzahn article from March 2011. Before it became “The Wells … Continue reading

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Laughter: Effective medicine and free

By on April 26, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Laughter: Effective medicine and free

Lynn and I skipped winter weather this year and became snowbirds flying to Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ. I never thought I would be doing this. I remember a patient who told me he spent every winter in Arizona. … Continue reading

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Thanks, Mom, for teaching me to tune-in

By on April 26, 2017 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Thanks, Mom, for teaching me to tune-in

My mother is a good mom. Lately while researching essential life skills, I figured out one of her secrets. Mom is what researchers describe as being “attuned.” Being attuned may sound like so much psychobabble. But hang on. The ability … Continue reading

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Don’t drown spring veggies in heavy sauces

By on April 26, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Don’t drown spring veggies in heavy sauces

Spring offers delicious treats of sweet asparagus, peas and baby carrots. Some people eat them raw or lightly cooked, other people don them with sauces. Actually, fresh garden produce has so much flavor and texture that it does not need … Continue reading

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Off visiting wineries, near and far

By on April 26, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Off visiting wineries, near and far

Who says there is no joy in being a wine writer for a great, metropolitan magazine? Not only is there joy, there are perks. This past March, because of a wine description I wrote way back in the late ‘90s, … Continue reading

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When mothers become friends

By on April 26, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
When mothers become friends

By Mike Cassidy Editor My wife tells a story about her mother that helps make sense of the responses we received this month in our Favorite Moment with Mom contest. When my wife was a young teenager, her father died, … Continue reading

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Wine-a-flowing in Cashmere’s Mission District

By on March 30, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wine-a-flowing in Cashmere’s Mission District

Oh, to be in Cashmere Now that April’s there, enjoying warmth of Springtime with fragrances of blossoms heavy in the air… Oh, to be in Cashmere Now that April’s here And taste the new releases Of wineries that are near. … Continue reading

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Editor’s notes: What are you laughing at?

By on March 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Editor’s notes: What are you laughing at?

By Mike Cassidy Don’t you feel it’s time to get a little funny? We’re coming out of a tough winter, we’re only getting older, and events on the national scene — well, hardly a laughing matter no matter what your … Continue reading

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Learn to trust your senses when cooking

By on March 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Learn to trust your senses when cooking

Before 1890, many cookbook recipes did not included actual measured ingredients — rather they had narrative recipes that called for a handful of flour, a lump of butter the size of an egg, etc. In addition, in those days, cooks … Continue reading

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