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You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” a lot lately.  It’s a popular buzzword, particularly since the pandemic began.  Here’s a primer of what it is, why it’s important, and why it’s particularly important now.

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Lighthouses are the sentinels of the coastline, visible from miles away. They serve as points of reference for seafaring folks. And for those of us on land, they are highly desirable, photograph-worthy subjects and romanticized symbols. 

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By the middle of autumn, all of your plants have given their best and you have a good sense of what is working or not.  It may be time to begin doing some horticultural "editing" of the landscape.   

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The Woodinville Weekly turned 45 years old last week. The candles were lit, and a party was planned until an uninvited guest turned up. The novel coronavirus blew out our candles on its way to devastating lives and businesses worldwide. 

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National Preparedness Month (NPM) was recognized in September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As we have seen, 2020 has been unpredictable and shown all of us that preparedness and planning are vital. 

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As summer comes to an end and fall quickly approaches, many are concerned about the impending flu season – especially as we deal with COVID-19. Below are some questions I’ve received that might help you better understand the flu and how COVID-19 will impact the virus this season. 

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Q:  We had a bad leafhopper breakout this summer.  Those little grasshoppers were on several different plants in our garden.  Any ideas to handle these pesky bugs?

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Often referred to as “three parks in one,” Olympic National Park boasts three different ecosystems: glacier-capped peaks, old-growth and temperate rain forests and wild Pacific coastline. Much of the park's interior is accessible only by trail, but several scenic drives lead to various key d…

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Living in Woodinville, it’s easy to take for granted the fact that our community is a major hub of Washington state wine. With over 130 wineries and tasting rooms within six square miles, Woodinville boasts the largest concentration of wineries within a major metropolitan area in the world. …

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How has everyone been handling exercise during quarantine? The gyms are limited in capacity, and this likely contributed to decreased fitness.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue working out, to support your overall health and immune system during this time.  

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For many, back-to-school preparation feels quite different than it has in the past. Parents and students are trying to figure out how to navigate the new norms surrounding COVID-19 and remote learning requirements. However, one thing should remain part of the fall routine - standard wellness…

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This summer, the road trip is being rediscovered by travelers seeking to explore our country’s natural playgrounds. Some opt for the road less traveled to avoid crowds and along the way, hidden gems emerge.

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It's September already!  Where did those lazy, hazy days of summer go? Grumbling about it won't do any good for yourself or your garden. So, let’s discuss what activities may elevate your mood and will definitely help your garden.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives, including how we vacation. All around the united states, the road trip is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. About 85% of Americans plan to take a road trip this summer, according to the Expedia 2020 Summer Travel Rep…

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As food supply chains break down and we face a global hunger crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus, Washington state farmers, policymakers, and consumers are making changes that help feed the community and solve climate change at the same time.

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When Lola passed away recently, the Woodinville community lost a local celebrity, Two Vintners and Covington Cellars their unofficial mascot, and Morgan Lee, head winemaker, lost his first (and fuzziest) child.

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Q: I planted four types of tomatoes this spring. They are growing nicely except for my ‘Early Girls.’ The bottoms of those are puckered and callused instead of smooth. Any idea what’s wrong with them?  

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Everyone needs a mini-vacation to escape the confines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month I planned a road trip to Central Oregon along the McKenzie River Highway 126 and up and over McKenzie Pass on Highway 242 ending in Sisters, Oregon.  My goal was to get away and enjoy the journey!

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Many people are feeling burned out, exhausted and overwhelmed. We are going on over four months since the world had to shut down due to the new coronavirus. Chronic stress can take a toll on adrenal health, the organs responsible for releasing stress hormones. You can think of cortisol and a…

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Mesa Verde National Park is a Southwest Colorado gem. Located about 35 miles west of Durango, the park offers visitors a phenomenal opportunity to examine the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made this area their home. Within this magnificent arena are nearly 5,000 known archaeologic…

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Even for a garden designer, there's no such thing as a maintenance-free garden and the first weekend of August found this Garden Guy watering his west-facing front yard. I enjoy this early morning task because the air is cool, the birds provide a joyful chorus and, even during the Dog Days o…

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COVID-19 has impacted our community in unprecedented ways and forced Woodinville businesses to find savings wherever possible. Creating smart and efficient recycling and garbage systems is one piece of that puzzle.

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To begin: as a white person in Woodinville, what I have to say about anti-racism will likely be of limited use to Black and non-Black people of color. I will be focusing instead on what I can share about my own experience as a white therapist trying to work toward anti-racism in my personal …

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As leaders of public housing authorities in the Puget Sound region, we are distressed that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is enacting a new rule that is directly counter to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which requires all federal agencies to affirmatively further fair h…

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Millions of people are still trying to navigate the "new normal" amid COVID-19. From adjusting to online schooling and working from home, many are trying to keep their routines intact to maintain a sense of normalcy. With this in mind, and as an active psychotherapist at Pacific Medical Cent…

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Parents of children in Washington’s public schools are worried. In early June State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced schools would open in the fall if allowed to by local health officials. Yet within hours of Reykdal’s press conference, the WEA union and Gov. Jay Inslee said they could…

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In past years, Woodinville had a group with no real contacts or humans that called themselves “Ethical Woodinville.” I found their claims to be exaggerations and fear-mongering. When a person sent them letters, there was no response. It got pretty ugly.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

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