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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 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

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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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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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Oceanspray: Iron tough plant at home in the desert

By on November 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Oceanspray: Iron tough plant at home in the desert

By Jaana Hatton Somebody truly had a lively imagination when they named this shrub Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor). It is a plant that thrives here in the high desert, preferably in gravely soil. It belongs to the rose family. Holodiscus means … Continue reading

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Welcome the Dark-eyed Junco with seeds & water

By on November 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Welcome the Dark-eyed Junco with seeds & water

By Bruce McCammon As the leaves begin to fall and the mornings have that cool, crisp feel, the Juncos return. They come into our area a bit at a time and soon it seems that they are everywhere. Backyard feeders … Continue reading

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Work, and the Best Day of 2018

By on November 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Work, and the Best Day of 2018

By Mike Cassidy Editor I believe in work. “This family works, work never hurt anyone,” my grandmother told the teenage me one afternoon as I set sprawled in a rocking chair in the kitchen on a lazy Sunday. I tried … Continue reading

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The prolific Browns of Brown’s Flat

By on October 29, 2018 in Columnist with 1 Comment
The prolific Browns of Brown’s Flat

By Rod Molzahn On Nov. 1, 1884 Deak Brown and Tom Owens walked into the Wenatchee Flat. Deak Brown later recalled, “I ran across Tom Owens down in Vancouver. Tom had some traps here in the Wenatchee Valley. So, together … Continue reading

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Yellow Rabbitbrush: Beneficial, sure, but…

By on October 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Yellow Rabbitbrush: Beneficial, sure, but…

By Jaana Hatton When most flowers have bloomed and faded, yellow rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus) is just getting started. It brightens the landscape starting in the early fall. This late-bloomer in the sunflower family is both delightful and beneficial. Well, if … Continue reading

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As age goes up, muscles go down — and this is not good

By on October 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
As age goes up, muscles go down — and this is not good

By Jim Brown, M.D. You might not have heard of sarcopenia, but if you are over 50, there is a good chance you have it or will develop this condition to some degree. Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal … Continue reading

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Happily sailing on a sea of kindness

By on October 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Happily sailing on a sea of kindness

By June Darling In September while walking the dock at Shilshole Marina in Seattle, I noticed a man with a hat and jacket on that read, “Gratitude Sailing” with a logo of a heart and a sail entwined. Under his … Continue reading

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This is not a Blue Jay — it’s a Steller’s Jay

By on October 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
This is not a Blue Jay — it’s a Steller’s Jay

By Bruce McCammon Often mistaken for a Blue Jay, the Steller’s Jay is a common bird in north central Washington. It is understandable that people mistake this bird for a Blue Jay since it is a Jay and it is … Continue reading

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What was your best day in 2018?

By on October 29, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What was your best day in 2018?

By Mike Cassidy Editor The year 2018 is drawing to a close — (can that possibly be true?) — so it’s time to ask you readers to share your stories about your personal best day(s) of this year. Did you … Continue reading

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The All-America Bavarian city?

By on September 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The All-America Bavarian city?

By Lee Martin I’ve been a reader of The Good Life since the beginning and I find the articles to be entertaining as to what the Good Life means. I am not sure this qualifies in your magazine but I … Continue reading

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W. T. Clark – Rags to riches to rags

By on September 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
W. T. Clark – Rags to riches to rags

By Rod Molzahn William Timothy Clark’s story is filled with contrasts; success and failure, wealth and poverty or, as Clark would say, “Boom or Bust.” He was called “The Father of Wenatchee” though he didn’t arrive in the valley until … Continue reading

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Heart disease in women: Unheralded killer

By on September 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Heart disease in women: Unheralded killer

By Jim Brown, M.D. Surprise! Women are different than men. I am not referring to the obvious but it might surprise you to know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. It … Continue reading

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There’s good news today! Believe it… because it’s true. don’t let the negative nellies make you sick with worry

By on September 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
There’s good news today!  Believe it… because it’s true. don’t let the negative nellies make you sick with worry

By June Darling Today, 137,000 fewer people are in extreme poverty than yesterday! This number, according to Oxford economist Max Roser, is true (on average) not only for today, but for every single day since 1990. Why am I telling … Continue reading

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Nootka Rose keeps on working after bloom fades

By on September 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Nootka Rose keeps on working after bloom fades

By Jaana Hatton “A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” states a line in the 1913 poem Sacred Emily by Gertrude Stein. What she means is that things are what they are – period. How befitting … Continue reading

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Loving nature, but danger under foot

By on September 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Loving nature, but danger under foot

By Mike Cassidy Editor Boy, are we loaded with outdoor and hiking stories this month. You might say we could use a pack animal to carry this load of outdoor adventure to our fine readers. Speaking of beasts of burden, … Continue reading

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