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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 0 Comments
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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Be neither a doormat nor a diva by knowing when to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’

By on March 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Be neither a doormat nor a diva by knowing when to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’

In the ’80s, a new self-help concept seemed to pop up a lot. The term people tossed around to describe the notion was “personal boundaries.” The terminology may sound a bit jargony, dated, and not-quite-right, but the idea is useful. … Continue reading

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Is coconut oil actually healthy for you?

By on March 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Is coconut oil actually healthy for you?

My wife, Lynn, was recently extolling the virtues of coconut oil, which seems to be one of the latest oil favorites. I questioned why she thought it was so good, and her response was she had been reading a lot … Continue reading

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Financial panic of 1893 was fierce

By on March 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Financial panic of 1893 was fierce

Towns of the Wenatchee Valley and north central Washington were on the rise by the beginning of 1892. More than 20 individuals and families settled in the Wenatchee Valley in that year alone, over twice the number in any preceding … Continue reading

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That’s Life: The RV shakedown cruise

By on March 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
That’s Life: The RV shakedown cruise

By G. Wayne Hawks Ah, summer. When the days are long, the air is warm, and life is full of joy. A great summertime recreational opportunity presented itself on July 30, 2011 when a couple of wonderful friends told us … Continue reading

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Helping losers (and you, too) become luckier

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Helping losers (and you, too) become luckier

Every year when I see March on the horizon, I think about shamrocks, leprechauns, and luck. I often revisit The Luck Factor written by British experimental psychologist, Dr. Richard Wiseman. Wiseman founded a luck school. Dr. Wiseman is a fascinating, … Continue reading

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Micronutrients: Little bits vital to health

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Micronutrients: Little bits vital to health

Most of us probably rarely if ever think about micronutrients and the role they play in our health. Micronutrients are chemical elements or substances required in only minuscule trace amounts for the growth and development of living organisms. They are … Continue reading

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Beat blues with healthy homemade pizza

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Beat blues with healthy homemade pizza

It is March. It is too early to harvest greens from the garden. It is too late to make any more slow-simmering, warm-the-kitchen comfort food. All the garden produce you froze or canned is nearly eaten — at least your … Continue reading

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People came, and kept coming, from the south

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
People came, and kept coming, from the south

About 14,300 years ago, when the glaciers of the last Ice Age were slowly retreating from northeastern Washington, a band of people inhabited caves at the base of basalt cliffs north of present day Bend, Oregon. Recent archeological digs in … Continue reading

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Blending can be beautiful in wine world

By on February 22, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Blending can be beautiful in wine world

I watched an old rerun of  Frasier a few nights ago; a fun show often, but this rerun was hilarious on two levels — first for the performances of both the actors portraying Frasier and his brother Niles, and secondly … Continue reading

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