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Osprey: An easy bird to watch in awe

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Osprey: An easy bird to watch in awe

By Bruce McCammon Bird migration is like a merry-go-round of seasonal treats.  Every month provides another sample of birds to observe in north central Washington. Spring and fall are the most substantial periods to see new birds as they pass … Continue reading

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Finding gold in the Superstition Mountains

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Finding gold in the Superstition Mountains

By Joe Anderson When I was 10 years old living in Mesa, Arizona, my dad would tell terrible tales of the Superstition Mountains and the fabled Lost Dutchman’s gold mine.  My father was a wonderful storyteller and encourager. He would … Continue reading

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The daring tale of first trans-Pacific flight

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The daring tale of first trans-Pacific flight

By Rod Molzahn “I’m the last one alive that saw Pangborn and Herndon land.” That’s the claim of 94-year-old Jack Graybill.  KPQ had been broadcasting reports of Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr.’s trans-Pacific flight since their takeoff from Japan … Continue reading

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Picnic on the 4th: Good for you & the USA

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Picnic on the 4th: Good for you & the USA

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics…”  — Erma … Continue reading

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Should you be taking probiotics?

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Should you be taking probiotics?

By Jim Brown, M.D. One of our readers asked me to write about probiotics.  Probiotics are live organisms, usually bacteria, similar to the beneficial microorganisms found in our lower intestinal tract.  Proponents of probiotics think they are useful in obtaining … Continue reading

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In hot water doing home repairs

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
In hot water doing home repairs

By Mike Cassidy Editor We stopped at Julia and Greg Scott’s home on a warm evening to catch a quick photo of the couple for our house of the month feature, starting on page 20. And then we got talking … Continue reading

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Wisdom from kindergartners

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wisdom from kindergartners

By Pat Kanis-Wolfe When I inquired at the office, I was directed down the hall, first door on the left. I found the door quickly enough, but stopped before opening it. A mild panic started to consume me. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Long Jim – last chief of the Chelans

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Long Jim – last chief of the Chelans

By Rod Molzahn Innomosecha (Rainbow Robe), Long Jim’s father, was chief of the Chelan people in 1855 when the Yakima treaties were signed but he did not attend the council.  Lahompt, a young Entiat, and Tecolekun, a P’squose, did attend. … Continue reading

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Get de-stressed: As easy as sitting outside

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Get de-stressed: As easy as sitting outside

By June Darling For several months I had relentless diarrhea. (Yes, embarrassing and possibly disgusting, but stick with me. I’m going somewhere with this.) The runs would go away and come back later.  Eventually, at my wits end, I went … Continue reading

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Adults need vaccinations, too

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Adults need vaccinations, too

By Jim Brown, M.D. Vaccinations to prevent various diseases are one of the great medical achievements in history. They not only have proven to be safe but also life saving.  Historically, vaccines were deemed “only for children,” however with the … Continue reading

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Winging in from afar: the Gray Catbird

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Winging in from afar: the Gray Catbird

By Bruce McCammon The birds we see in north central Washington during the summer months are different from those we see other times of year.  Migrating birds add variety and mystery to our bird-watching. I don’t know a single bird … Continue reading

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Contest: Why did you move here?

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Contest: Why did you move here?

By Mike Cassidy Editor My wife, Donna, was born in Wenatchee, so maybe it’s not fair to say “we moved here,” but we did… almost 35 years ago. We were living in a classic, older residential area of Seattle in … Continue reading

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Kacee, what have you been up to now?

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Kacee, what have you been up to now?

By Keith Kellogg I’m a dog lover. I have three in my house. At times they drive me crazy, but overall they bring me great comfort.  Often times I prefer dogs over people. Now don’t get me wrong, some of … Continue reading

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Mountain Bluebird: Teasing but beautiful

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mountain Bluebird: Teasing but beautiful

By Bruce McCammon Ahhh, May. May is a peak month for birding in Washington.  We’ve watched the snow melt away, the roads dry, and the temperatures warm.  May is a great time to get out and explore the openness of … Continue reading

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A.B. Brender’s winding road to the Valley

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A.B. Brender’s winding road to the Valley

By Rod Molzahn Most of the early settlers, 1880s and 1890s, who came to the Wenatchee Valley had other destinations in mind when they set out on their journey west.  A.B. Brender was no exception. He claimed and developed homesteads … Continue reading

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‘Gut instinct’ is backed by science

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
‘Gut instinct’ is backed by science

By Jim Brown, M.D. How often have you heard someone say their gut told them not to do something or on the other hand told them to do something?  I have heard people say for some decisions, they listen to … Continue reading

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What matters most in dying well

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What matters most in dying well

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.  — Epicurus By June Darling This Mothers’ Day, for the first time, I will have no living mother.  Though I get it, none of us gets out … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t it be fun if…

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wouldn’t it be fun if…

By Mike Cassidy Editor I was in a waiting room — in an age before iPhones and the games you can play on them — when looking around for something to occupy the next few minutes I spotted a magazine … Continue reading

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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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