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When parks should be pillows — A true story written by Julia Scott

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
When parks should be pillows — A true story written by Julia Scott

By Julia Scott Ah, summertime… Being neighbors in addition to best buddies, Colleen and I used to “sleep out” on either lawn nearly every night of the summer in the 1970s. And if it rained, no problem, we just grabbed … Continue reading

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Lauchlin MacLean and the ‘Big Ditch’

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Lauchlin MacLean and the ‘Big Ditch’

By Rod Molzahn Talk of the need for a ditch to irrigate all of the Wenatchee Flat had bounced around Wenatchee for years but in 1888 it looked like something might just happen. In March a meeting was called to … Continue reading

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Our state grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Our state grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass

By Jaana Hatton Drumroll, please — here comes our very own state grass: bluebunch wheatgrass (pseudoroegneria spicata). Now say that three times as fast as you can. The Latin name implies that the plant is a fake (pseudo) or mimics … Continue reading

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How AI will make better medicine

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How AI will make better medicine

By Jim Brown, M.D. For generations in our classic medical teaching, training and clinical practice, we physicians were taught which medical treatments had been successful for populations of “average” patients with certain diseases, symptoms and physical findings including their lab … Continue reading

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Standing up and clapping for humility

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Standing up and clapping for humility

By June Darling Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. — Rick Warren Is humility a good thing? “Oh, yes. Of course,” you may be thinking. “I wish exactly that for my superior-acting co-worker and … Continue reading

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Homemade sauerkraut is most delicious

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Homemade sauerkraut is most delicious

By Bonnie Orr Sauerkraut is like the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. When it is good, it is very, very good; when it is bad, it is horrid. This concoction is historically important. The … Continue reading

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Red-wing blackbirds are real showmen

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Red-wing blackbirds are real showmen

By Bruce McCammon I was taking photos at a marsh in Bozeman, Montana a few years ago when a family approached to ask a question. The father said hello and asked if I knew the name of the blackbird with … Continue reading

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The Good Life: Office in the cloud

By on July 23, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The Good Life:  Office in the cloud

By Mike Cassidy Editor As a young reporter, I would hustle out to a scene of a news event in my ’63 Rambler (about the best a beginning reporter could afford), take copious notes in a scribble on a reporter’s … Continue reading

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Kamikaze Robin

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Kamikaze Robin

By Susan Blair It is April. There is more daylight. The birds are busy. War has broken out on the north side of our house. The combatants are a robin and his reflection. He sees himself mirrored in the windows … Continue reading

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Water for the land — riches from ditches

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Water for the land — riches from ditches

By Rod Molzahn Before white settlers arrived in the Wenatchee Valley in the late 1800s, the P’squose people had called the valley home for, at least, 8,000 years. They relied on the valley and the surrounding hills for their food, … Continue reading

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Cruising the River Rhine

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Cruising the River Rhine

By Jim Brown, M.D. A ‘significant birthday’ spent on european river bordered by stunning history Over the years Lynn and I have been fortunate to be able to do a lot of traveling in many countries around the globe. A … Continue reading

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Pride, done right, can fuel our successes

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Pride, done right, can fuel our successes

By June Darling Check through your memory of quotes on pride. Think about what your coaches, teachers, and ministers have told you. You’ll quickly notice that pride is a tricky topic. Is it a good thing or not? Some people, … Continue reading

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Bring a taste of exotic Cuba to your table

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Bring a taste of exotic Cuba to your table

By Bonnie Orr Cuba is a tantalizing destination mostly because of its 60-year (1899-1959) reputation of a place where people travelled to be naughty. Famous celebrities joined wealthy Americans who mixed with infamous mafia members especially during the Prohibition where … Continue reading

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Once past the taste, bitterroot has its benefits

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Once past the taste, bitterroot has its benefits

By Jaana Hatton Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) grows on grasslands and forests. It grows on low elevations and high on the hills. It is a survivor. But, if you try to transplant bitterroot, it will most likely die. Bitterroot likes to … Continue reading

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Bullock’s Oriole: A gift of a photo

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Bullock’s Oriole: A gift of a photo

By Bruce McCammon I saw my first Bullock’s Oriole several years ago while visiting the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. A friend pointed to the bird perched in dense shrubs and identified it for me. I hurried to find a position … Continue reading

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Artist pair moves for an adventure

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Artist pair moves for an adventure

By Mike Cassidy Editor A while back, Cindy Rietveldt left a phone message saying: “Cancel our subscription to The Good Life, we’re moving out of the country.” What? I called her back and asked where and why she and her … Continue reading

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Arthur Gunn: Vision and constant motion

By on May 30, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Arthur Gunn: Vision and constant motion

By Rod Molzahn Arthur Gunn had things on his mind in the spring of 1901 as he rode the Great Northern coach car from Wenatchee to Cando, North Dakota. There was a lot riding on the trip; profit for his … Continue reading

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Lupine — like a wolf — is pretty but dangerous

By on May 30, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Lupine — like a wolf — is pretty but dangerous

By Jaana Hatton Bluish, purplish, even white — these are the colors of lupine flowers in first bloom until they dry and turn brown. Their colors delight us through the spring and early summer. The plant likes dry, well-drained soil … Continue reading

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Cell phone addiction: Real and depressing

By on May 30, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Cell phone addiction: Real and depressing

By Jim Brown, M.D. The iPhone was launched in 2007, and when it was unveiled, Steve Jobs called it a revolutionary and a magical product that was five years ahead of any other mobile phone. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, … Continue reading

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Cultivate vitality for a zestier life

By on May 30, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Cultivate vitality for a zestier life

“The supreme good of life is vitality.” — Roberto Unger, philosopher, politician, law professor By June Darling I’m working on building my vitality. The subject first came up when our granddaughters came to visit my husband and me during their … Continue reading

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Take a second look at versatile radishes

By on May 30, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Take a second look at versatile radishes

By Bonnie Orr This veggie grows in many colors and many tastes — yet it is almost only served as a snack on the side of the plate, as an hors’ d’oeuvre or as the last remnant of a vegetable … Continue reading

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We apologize — we will do better

By on May 30, 2018 in Columnist with 2 Comments
We apologize — we will do better

By Mike Cassidy Editor A day after the May issue of The Good Life went into the mail, we started to receive phone calls and emails objecting to the cover that showed a local artist with two of her fantasy … Continue reading

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Yellow-breasted Chat a surprising treat

By on May 30, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Yellow-breasted Chat a surprising treat

By Bruce McCammon I first heard about the Yellow-breasted Chat when I lived in Portland. One or two were reported at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge — a great place to walk or run if you are in the … Continue reading

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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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