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As a war veteran, member of the VFW and former POW for over six years with John McCain in the Hanoi Hilton, I have known and worked with Councilmember Kathy Lambert on veterans issues over the past 20 years.  I have always found her to be competent, engaging, courteous, eloquent and filled w…

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How many times a day do you ask yourself if you have forgotten a task or simply did not have the time for it? Balancing all of life’s priorities can get quickly out of hand, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and anxious on a regular basis. 

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New reporter Madysen McLain, a recent graduate of Washington State University, joined our expanding team at the Woodinville Weekly on Sept. 1. 

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During the pandemic, many of us had time to stay home, be introspective and focus on our hobbies. Now that many of us are vaccinated and things are re-opening, you may have forgotten how to balance social commitments while maintaining time for yourself and your self-care.  

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The heat dome that covered the Puget Sound region late June of this year left a wake of scorched and burnt foliage on trees and shrubs and caused property owners to gasp in horror. What happened and what do you do next?

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This last weekend our small team visited Cascade Locks, Oregon to attend Pacific Crest Trail Days, a three-day celebration that draws hundreds of hungry hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Nearly every hiker had a slight limp and a fantastic story to tell. 

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As vaccination rates continue to rise and states begin to reopen, it is just as natural to be apprehensive or stressed as it is to be excited. As we adjust to life in a post-pandemic world, we can anticipate challenges along with celebration.  Here are five tips to start managing the adjustm…

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If you find yourself in Monterey or Carmel, don’t hesitate to add 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach to your must-do list. This scenic loop is one of the most picturesque in the country, with everything from dramatic coastal cliffs and white sand beaches to enchanting forests and giant trees. The…

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Who would have thought the Pacific Northwest could get too much sunshine?  And yet, June and July proved the truth of the matter. Although the heat dome that caused this aberrant weather has been noted as a “once in 1,000 years event,” I’ve also heard the same said about 500-year floods that…

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Healthy habits are not created overnight. It takes continual effort to make change, and this is not always comfortable at first. Whenever you are looking to reach a goal, the small changes you make on a daily basis are going to add up to progress over time.  The more consistent you are with …

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You might be asking yourself, what is a western pond turtle? It’s a question I would have asked myself for the majority of my life. I learned about western pond turtles, one of only two turtle species native to Washington, in 2015. I was lucky enough to help take care of several turtles whil…

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“Home” has taken on a new meaning since the pandemic hit. Working, schooling, cooking, cleaning, enjoying time with loved ones or couch surfing, – most of us have done it all, using our homes, condos and apartments as multi-purpose basecamps. 

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Somewhere in the middle of nowhere is Great Basin National Park. One of the most remote national parks in the system, Great Basin is located on the Nevada-Utah border. It takes some effort to reach this place, because it’s not near much of anything. 

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As the world re-opens, which habits will you take with you, and which will you leave behind? This is a fresh start for all of us, to reassess our life as we know it, and think about what we want for the future. I know that many of you have had major changes this past year. Whether that be mo…

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Being truly grateful for the present moment and focusing on what you have versus what you don’t have is the key to happiness. Mindfulness can help you appreciate your life and attract more great things to you. It can also help you engage with people and tasks in the present moment. This can …

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For this month’s column, I asked a long-time colleague to develop a ‘soils’ article for your general gardening knowledge.  I’m always discussing plants and this article talks about what’s needed to keep those plants happy and healthy.  FYI, our contributing columnist, Karen Benson, is a WSU …

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From chemical bonds to the Second World War, our 12-year education system appears to cover just about all there is to learn. That is, excluding the single most important concept in setting students up for future success: financial literacy. 

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I recently had the opportunity to be a tour guide of City Hall with a fifth grader from The Overlake School named Ender. He was curious about what happens at City Hall and what the mayor and other employees did there. This is a slightly expanded and more technical recounting of our conversat…

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