The Not-So-Forbidden Fruit

by Marina M. What’s one thing Washington state is known for world-wide? Besides our rainy weather. Which isn’t as rainy as people outside the area might think. Amazon? Microsoft? Starbucks? The ferry system, which is the largest in the country? Having four out of the five longest floating bridges IN THE WORLD? Well, maybe all […]

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‘Tis the Season for Quiet

by Denise D. Choosing Quiet Perhaps it’s wishful thinking. (I’m writing this while somebody drills on the wall near my head. The media I’m using to drown out the sound insists that it’s time to get out and shop– by any means necessary.) But, when December slips in on the heels of Thanksgiving gratitude and […]

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DK, Oh Yeah!

by Marina M. Most people will say there’s an author or two (or thirty) that they favor. Others will share their genre preferences. Sometimes–SOMETIMES–you can even pin somebody down to reveal their one true favorite book. For right then, at least. Because favorite books change with the season, the mood, the color of your hair, […]

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The Barnyard is Busy

by Marina Spring is my favorite time of year. Everything looks bright and fresh. Maybe from all the rain–it just makes the world glisten. Yeah, I know, it’s schmaltzy. I enjoy the spring weather. All of it. In spring talk typically turns to the subject of gardening or cleaning. That’s all well and good but, been there, […]

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DIY Beer…And Pretzels!

by Liz Spring is my favorite time of year. The days are noticeably longer, the birds are extra chirpy, and all the shades of green just make me happy! And I just discovered new holidays celebrating two more of my favorite things…Beer and pretzels! This past Sunday, April 23rd, marked German Beer Day. You may have celebrated without […]

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Narrator Spotlight: Read by the Author

by Marina Combating the Commute I have a bit of a commute. Not a long one. But twenty-five minutes, give or take, each way. You know, depending on traffic. Or the weather. (Can’t call myself a Washingtonian without adding those conditions. You know how it is.) So, rather than besiege myself with the repetitive nature of […]

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Retirement Wish List

by Ruth G. Having crossed the threshold of 50 some time ago, and thus become the recipient of flyers from AARP, the idea of retirement has started to intrigue me. Retirement won’t be happening anytime soon, but sometimes I see a book and think, “This one goes on the stuff-to-do-when-I’m-retired list.”     Maybe I’ll eat my […]

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Let’s Talk about Vegetables…

We are finally well into the month of March, which means I have started planting my vegetable garden with the hope of large harvests and tasty meals built around fresh, ripe vegetables all summer long and lots of enjoyment from pickled, jarred and frozen edibles to keep my family healthy and well fed in the […]

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What to read while you’re waiting for gardening season…

The garden shows have come to town,  the weather feels like Spring, and you’ve got garden fever (well, I know Liz and I do!)  Too bad it’s still February.  How about some stories that feature gardening to help scratch that gardening itch?  Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed.  Please share your favorites by commenting […]

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Countdown to Spring

This is the time of year I find myself getting antsy for Spring and the time in the garden that comes with it. Every morning as I walk to my car I take inventory of new sprouts and add to the growing list of garden projects in my head. I start my lists, one of […]

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