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Northwest lifestyle among the trees

By on June 25, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Northwest lifestyle among the trees

By Cary Ordway Trees, trees, trees — we actually dreamt about trees when we were living in sunny San Diego.  It was 14 years of weather bliss, but also 14 years without trees. Palm trees are nice, but they don’t … Continue reading

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Who was that mystery man?

By on June 25, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Who was  that mystery man?

By Susan Ruth Williams My husband, Mike, went to work that morning, starting at 5 a.m. Afterward, he would tell me he hadn’t felt very good getting ready, but he had muscled through. If Mike hadn’t gone to work, none … Continue reading

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He came in for a lunch and came back to work in the kitchen

By on June 25, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
He came in for a lunch and came back to work in the kitchen

By Jay Young After retiring from my teaching position at Wenatchee High School in 2015, I started to wonder what I was going to do with my time.  For over 40 years I was on a schedule. Every September started … Continue reading

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Kai and Roger: A man and his dog looking for adventures

By on June 25, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Kai and Roger:  A man and his dog looking for adventures

By Jaana Hatton Most dog owners are pretty pleased when their pets sit or heel on command. Their routine may be a walk or two throughout the day and lots of downtime for the dog.  Then there’s Roger, the Irish … Continue reading

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They came in a school bus camper and stayed to make a life

By on May 28, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
They came in a school bus camper and  stayed to make a life

By Mary Kostka Yesterday, I was going through the mail and looked at the most recent issue of The Good Life and just smiled.  I thought to myself, “Yes living here has really been the good life for the past … Continue reading

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Beekeeping is a way to help planet Earth, but hey, it’s a buzz, too

By on May 28, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Beekeeping is a way to help planet Earth, but hey, it’s a buzz, too

By Dan McConnell Lee McGarr is an electrician who works for Beckstead Electric or BE for short… and speaking of BE, he’s a BEe man.  We met Lee and Teri McGarr through Lee’s job on our kitchen remodel. He walked … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on May 28, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

Bailey Trainor, Wenatchee was out walking her dogs, Kendrick and Phoebe. Kendrick, 4, is a Golden Retriever and Border Collie mix. Bailey said she loves Kendrick’s loyalty and that he is calm and cuddly. “He likes to play and loves … Continue reading

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Camping in paradise

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Camping in  paradise

By Marc Dilley Northeast of Glacier Peak — Washington’s wilderness volcano — is the east-west trending Miners Ridge.  If a crow were to fly northeast for eight miles from the 10,541 foot summit of Glacier, the ground beneath it would … Continue reading

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Why to write your life story

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Why to write your life story

By Judy Weaver Memories are perhaps the best gifts of all.  Imagine if you could ask your mother, grandmother, father, or grandfather any question or questions. What would you want to know about their memories, their dreams, or their lives?  … Continue reading

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FLORIDA? One couple didn’t even wait for retirement

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
FLORIDA? One couple didn’t even wait for retirement

By Larry Cramer After nearly 20 years of talking about it and dreaming of it, we finally did it. We moved to Florida! First a little backstory, it was late October 2001, I was scheduled to speak at an Adobe … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

It’s a question of who walks who. In this situation, Raymond Diaz, Malaga, said that his dog Ginger, “runs around my bed each morning barking to get me up to go for a walk.” Ginger is a 6-year-old Wheaton Terrier  … Continue reading

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The rite of passage into retirement

By on March 31, 2019 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
The rite of passage into retirement

By Linda Reid Retirement can be a dream we anticipate much of our working lives but then, suddenly, it happens to you and there are challenges that you just didn’t expect.  My husband, Ken, and I started that transition into … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on March 31, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

Carolyn Grant, Cashmere was walking her dog, Pandi, left, at the dog park in Wenatchee. Pandi is a six-and-half-year-old Cocker Spaniel that Carolyn got from a friend. “Pandi is a great family dog. I bring her to work everyday. Pandi … Continue reading

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A generation removed from his family’s traumatic history, he grew up surrounded by the after effects

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
A generation removed from his family’s traumatic history, he grew up surrounded  by the after effects

By Aaron Loeffelbein Every day, we are inundated with a flood of sensationalized headlines and click-bait articles of dubious veracity.  On the one hand, we are annoyed and on the other, we can’t resist the dash cam crashes and cute … Continue reading

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Doors of perception

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Doors of perception

By DeeDee Cleveland As a longtime amateur photographer, I developed a passion for capturing images of doors while traveling through Washington and visiting British Columbia, California and Europe.  I’m grateful to have travel companions who tolerantly wait as I make … Continue reading

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Read Educated, talk about it, and then listen to author

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Read Educated, talk about it, and then listen to author

Every spring, North Central Regional Library hosts a one-read program, encouraging everyone to read the same book, discuss it in their book groups or at forums held at local libraries, and then hear the author speak. It’s called NCRL Reads.  … Continue reading

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LOOK UP: Photographer of the stars

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
LOOK UP: Photographer of the stars

When I was teaching photography, I used to say, “If you can’t find something to shoot, look down.”  By Al Piecka Now days with the new digital cameras, everyone has pictures of bears, birds, fall flowers, landscapes and the like … Continue reading

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Pet tales

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pet tales

Jax Reynerson, 2, above, is at Grandmama and Pappas’ house in Cashmere, snuggling with one of his favorite buddies, Scooter. Scooter is a 7-year-old Boxer Mastiff mix.  When Jax is visiting from Chelan, he and Scooter are inseparable, said Grandmama … Continue reading

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True companions: What the newlyweds didn’t know the golden celebrants understand

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
True companions: What the newlyweds didn’t know  the golden celebrants understand

By Linda Reid Sometimes life has an interesting way of bringing us to a point in time where we take a deep breath and push “pause.”  If we have been blessed to live long enough, it can remind us that … Continue reading

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The years have come and gone, but the boyhood thrill of racing pulsates on

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The years have come and gone, but the boyhood thrill of racing pulsates on

By Steve Wellman What does it take for a dream to become a reality? You might say, “The blink of an eye.”  In a real way, that is correct, but it takes a certain elasticity of the mind for it … Continue reading

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An ode to an apricot tree

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
An ode to an apricot tree

By Lief Carlsen Call me sentimental. Call me a tree hugger.  I prefer to see my affinity for a certain little tree on the hillside in front of my house as something of a morality tale.  I have always been … Continue reading

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The three Finns of Wenatchee

By on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
The three Finns of Wenatchee

By Jaana Hatton The biggest delights in life are the unexpected ones, those happy events that come your way dancing and singing in the middle of your mundane Monday.  I was fortunate enough to experience that twice in my four … Continue reading

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Hot water cartoon

By on January 28, 2019 in Cartoons, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Hot water cartoon

Waterville winter in black and white

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Waterville winter in black and white

By Tim McCord Wintertime is one of the best times to take black and white photos. Not much color when the snow is on the ground and there is a lot of black/white contrast. I love driving up to the Waterville … Continue reading

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My Best Day: Mamas just know things about their children, no matter how old they get

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
My Best Day: Mamas just know things about their children, no matter how old they get

By Michele Peters Tuesdays and Wednesdays by most accounts are just another average day in the middle of the week. However, a specific 24-hours spanning Tuesday to Wednesday in late August ended up more memorable than most. My adult son … Continue reading

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My Best Day: She was pretty, good at ping pong and had a fun laugh, BUT…

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
My Best Day: She was pretty, good at ping pong and had a fun laugh, BUT…

Bill Landsborough The most important day of 2018 for me has to be Jan. 13. On that day I married a lady who was and is an answer to prayer. You would think, ho-hum, another wedding story. But how many … Continue reading

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My Best Day: Just nine days into my retirement, I got a wakeup call

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
My Best Day: Just nine days into my retirement, I got a wakeup call

By Tom Bryant This year has been a gift. A gift of life and lifestyle alteration. After a 38-year career, I retired on April 27. I had aspirations of getting into better physical shape and making up for all the … Continue reading

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By Best Day: I was super excited as we pulled out of our Malaga home

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
By Best Day: I was super excited as we pulled out of our Malaga home

By Linda Hightower My very best day in 2018 was Tuesday, June 12. I had just finished my last day as Cashmere High School’s teacher librarian the day before on June 11 with a big retirement celebration and final cleaning … Continue reading

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My Best Day: I decided I must go back to the falls and honor my friend James

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
My Best Day: I decided I must go back to the falls and honor my friend James

By Byron Scott I first met James in 1996, at Bethel Church, in Richland. We shared common interests: our faith in Jesus Christ, nordic skiing, camping and hiking. Thus began a friendship that covered plenty of miles and 22 years. … Continue reading

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By Best Day: Anticipation

By on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
By Best Day: Anticipation

By Annette Byrd I had waited for this day all winter, through the dark days and long nights, through the piles of snow which, although when fresh and cold, shone like diamonds scattered across a robe of brilliant white ermine, … Continue reading

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