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NOSE to NOSE with NATURE

By on June 28, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
NOSE to NOSE with NATURE

By Susan Rae Sampson Amanda scratches “NWNW” in the sand on the edge of the Wenatchee River, then surrounds the initials with a heart. She’s writing a love note to “NorthWest Nature Writing,” a Wenatchee Valley College outdoor class combining … Continue reading

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Is Morgan fearless? No, frugal and careful but open

By on June 28, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
Is Morgan fearless? No, frugal and careful but open

Editor’s note: Morgan Fraser is a self-admitted travel addict who has written previously for The Good Life about her trips to foreign countries. She makes it sound so natural and easy. Which made us want to know: What’s her secret? … Continue reading

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Return to Panama

By on June 28, 2017 in Travel with 4 Comments
Return to Panama

By Morgan Fraser When I left Panama three years ago, I wasn’t sure I’d ever go back. Not that I had any reason not to, but I thought I didn’t have a compelling reason to return — until last September. … Continue reading

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Raptor

By on June 28, 2017 in Landscapes with 0 Comments
Raptor

By Marc Dilley Because of the rapidly changing appearance of moving water, exposures on our mountain rivers taken seconds apart can appear startlingly different. Such was the case this August 2013 day in the Icicle Canyon above Leavenworth. My goal … Continue reading

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65 going on 15

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
65 going on 15

By G. Wayne Hawks We drove over the pass on one fine October day to take in the Issaquah Salmon Festival. We took Linda’s car. She has a couple-year-old Mazda CV-5. It has one of them new-fangled electronic fob things … Continue reading

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Stories of Coyote, protector of Humans

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Stories of Coyote, protector of Humans

In the beginning, before humans came, there were the Animal People, formed in pre-history by the Spirit Chief — The Creator — The Mystery. The Spirit Chief gave the Animal People their names and powers. The greatest power was given … Continue reading

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Unpleasant disease with a distasteful cure

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Unpleasant disease with a distasteful cure

Dr. Steve Kaster, the medical director for clinical research for Confluence Health, recently told me they would soon be participating in a clinical vaccine trial for a type of colitis known as Clostridia Difficile (C. Diff. Colitis) for patients over … Continue reading

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Apricots: Relish these golden orbs of flavor

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Apricots: Relish these golden orbs of flavor

We are so fortunate to live in a region where apricots thrive. Everyone seems to have a personal favorite such as Blenheim, Tilton, Moorpark or Perfection. What a delightful early summer fruit, even though its blushy, orange and pink skin … Continue reading

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Picking up my wine glass and moving on

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Picking up my wine glass and moving on

This column is my last hurrah for a regular Alex on Wine. The local wine landscape is changing far too rapidly for me to even begin to keep up with the news. I counted 49 wineries in what I refer … Continue reading

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Wolves, gold and dreams realized

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wolves, gold and dreams realized

My wife is pacing down by the river, trying to find the perfect spot to begin her new hobby of panning for gold, but I’m sitting on a log in the cool shadows trying to save England from a Nazi … Continue reading

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Write your dream, live the good life

By on June 28, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Write your dream, live the good life

People believe they cannot live the good life because… well they have arthritis in one knee, or they don’t have enough money to buy a new car, or their children are having problems, blah, blah. I don’t agree. Mind you … Continue reading

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June 2017

By on June 21, 2017 in Past Issues with 0 Comments
June 2017

Fantasy artist Aimee Stewart finds real success • Lief gets a lift with an electric bike • Coming back to rock climbing • Family time in Peru • Hiking to The Wave • Tiny feet, healthy dream • Wenatchee Golf … Continue reading

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All the world is a stage for David Williams

By on May 31, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
All the world is a stage for David Williams

By Susan Lagsdin David Williams greets his third-grade students with a high-five every day at the classroom door, he sings along with them to learn multiplying by 12’s and equivalent fractions, and he admits his lessons get a little theatrical-goofy … Continue reading

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Pet Tales for June

By on May 31, 2017 in Pets with 0 Comments
Pet Tales for June

Jerald and Cheri Mattes, East Wenatchee, were enjoying the sunny weather on the riverfront near Pybus Public Market with their dog, Maya. Maya is a 13-year-old Shitsu they bought from a breeder. Cheri said Maya’s favorite thing to do is … Continue reading

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June home video

By on May 31, 2017 in Videos with 1 Comment
June home video

   Andrew Campbell, who lives in Plain with his wife Becky and three growing and grown sons, has been following the tiny house movement for years, and now he has time and tools to jump right into it by building authentic but … Continue reading

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Beards cartoon

By on May 31, 2017 in Cartoons with 0 Comments
Beards cartoon

Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

By on May 31, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy OK. Ground rules. When describing tiny houses in general, and these featured ones specifically, it is illegal to use the word “cute” more than once OR to proclaim, “I could totally live … Continue reading

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Tiny feet, healthy dreams: Footware business is more than a business for this mom

By on May 31, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Tiny feet, healthy dreams:  Footware business is more than a business for this mom

By Cameron Wood An idea popped into Alison Talbot’s mind as she watched her son crawl on the splintery wood floors of her home, an idea that would soon sprout into a thriving local small business called Little Rutz. “I … Continue reading

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The Wave

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The Wave

By Lorna Rose As we swerved around orange cones and navigated construction zones, we couldn’t help but steal glances at the jagged and craggy Wasatch Mountains, still shrouded in white, rising above the city. Against the mountains the downtown buildings … Continue reading

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Family time in Peru: Taking the kids to an other-worldly Andes mountain village

By on May 31, 2017 in Travel with 0 Comments
Family time in Peru:  Taking the kids to an other-worldly Andes mountain village

By Mary Schramm Family time in South America was the reason Tony and Meleah Butruille took their children, Sarah and Evan, to Peru for much of February and March. The trip was Tony’s sabbatical — a time away from his … Continue reading

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Coming back to rock climbing: Yes, geezers (and geezers-to-be) can still scale a wall

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Coming back to rock climbing:  Yes, geezers (and geezers-to-be) can still scale a wall

By Molly Steere I grew up backpacking with my family, but high school introduced new and unwholesome ways to spend my time and I stopped hiking. After college, I took the Mountaineers Basic Alpine Climbing Course, renewing my love for … Continue reading

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The reluctant environmentalist

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The reluctant environmentalist

By Lief Carlsen I’m no environmentalist. I’ve always thought recycling is a waste of time and I smell the strong odor of meddlesome Big Brother in all this talk of Global Warming and carbon footprints. That said, in one respect … Continue reading

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Aimee Stewart: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME

By on May 31, 2017 in Arts with 3 Comments
Aimee Stewart: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME

By Susan Lagsdin Here’s an intriguing What-if. What if hyper-creative fantasy artist Aimee Stewart had been born and raised on “Frontage Road,” “Junction Avenue” or maybe “Industrial Way”? Would her art be more prosaic, her life more normal? But oh … Continue reading

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Gypsy wagons on vacation

By on May 31, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Gypsy wagons on vacation

Gypsy wagon builder Andrew Campbell of Plain took this photo in April of a couple of the tiny trailers while camping at Seep Lakes, near Warden, from the seat of a canoe. He says about the photo: “The canoe is … Continue reading

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What to do in the Wenatchee Area for June

By on May 31, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
What to do in the Wenatchee Area for June

NCW BLUES JAM, every second and fourth Monday. Riverside Pub. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Wenatchee Paddle Club, every Tuesday, 9 a.m. open paddle, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 a.m. masters crew rowing, Wednesdays, 6 … Continue reading

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Here’s looking at you, kid

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Here’s looking at you, kid

By Molly Steere After a particularly heavy snowfall, my son invited four of his friends over to go sledding after school. As I worked at my computer I kept an eye on the window, making sure the boys were staying … Continue reading

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The plain truth about Beaver Valley

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The plain truth about Beaver Valley

By Rod Molzahn A group of archeologists working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1986 began a survey and exploration of lands along the upper Wenatchee River. Just downstream from the river’s beginning they found signs of house pits and … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s: Old disease, new ideas

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Parkinson’s: Old disease, new ideas

By Dr. Jim Brown A short time ago a reader of The Good Life suggested I write about Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after that I was told a friend of mine about my age was just diagnosed with that condition. That … Continue reading

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Lost your creativity or zing? Get outside in nature

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Lost your creativity or zing? Get outside in nature

By June Darling One Saturday morning in the middle of April, I was feeling blah — even a bit nauseous. I was considering going back to bed. Meanwhile, my husband was babbling on about a hike some friends were taking. … Continue reading

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The perfect soup for June

By on May 31, 2017 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The perfect soup for June

By Bonnie Orr Sometimes I read a book that inspires me to cook. I read John Baxter’s book, The Perfect Meal, where he traveled around France sourcing authentic ingredients. His description of Potage St. Germaine made me think of June. … Continue reading

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