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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

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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

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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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Tap, tap, tap, the Downy Woodpecker is at work

By on September 24, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Tap, tap, tap, the Downy Woodpecker is at work

By Bruce McCammon Walk along the Apple Capital Loop Trail in Wenatchee and listen carefully as you pass the tall cottonwoods near the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club boathouse. You may hear the short, whinnying song or the tapping sound of … Continue reading

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Moving to Mexico: Was that wise?

By on August 28, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Moving to Mexico: Was that wise?

By Mike Cassidy Editor After our cover article about Bill and Cindy Rietveldt moving to Mexico came out in July (“One more adventure: ‘We felt like kids again’”), I’ve had readers ask questions. One emailer actually went beyond asking a … Continue reading

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Eastern Kingbird: A fun-to-watch bug catcher

By on August 28, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Eastern Kingbird: A fun-to-watch bug catcher

By Bruce McCammon I enjoy traveling around our area, within Washington, the Pacific Northwest or to foreign countries. Travel means that there will be new birds to see and habitats to explore. The diversity one experiences with travel makes life … Continue reading

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Idaho Fescue: Whimpy grass stronger than it looks

By on August 28, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Idaho Fescue: Whimpy grass stronger than it looks

By Jaana Hatton Idaho fescue may not look like much: it’s wispy, almost frail looking in its grassy existence. But, it is one you want to take note of. It’s beneficial in many ways, both for food and landscaping. This … Continue reading

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Passing down stories — and life’s lessons

By on August 28, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Passing down stories — and life’s lessons

By June Darling Recently our entire family — my husband and I, our sons and their wives, and their children — took 11 days to experience Tennessee together. I was raised in Tennessee and my mother still lives there. It … Continue reading

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Live a fuller life by slowing down time

By on August 28, 2018 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Live a fuller life by slowing down time

By Jim Brown, M.D. Does time speed up as we age? This might seem like a strange question to many of you. We generally are pretty certain that time does not change. After all we measure time with our clocks … Continue reading

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A life lived hard and varied in Wenatchee

By on August 28, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A life lived hard and varied in Wenatchee

By Rod Molzahn Ed Ferguson rode into Wenatchee in the spring of 1894. The greatest Columbia River flood in memory was still receding and the road from Colockum Creek to Wenatchee was mostly impassable. Ferguson left the wagon he was … Continue reading

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My Summer of ’42 moment

By on August 28, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments
My Summer of ’42 moment

By Cary Ordway I happened by my old hometown the other day — just a drop-in visit, mind you — and now I’m awash in those childhood memories that we all carry around but leave neatly filed away in the … Continue reading

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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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