Category Archives: Washington State

Another time, Another Place

 I’ve always liked autumn—the bright colors, the golden tint of the light, the scent and crackle of newly fallen leaves. You’d think I would have missed it when we lived overseas. Somehow, though, it never occurred to me. For more … Continue reading

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Bookcases and Hot Air Balloons

  This past weekend I drove across the mountains to spend some time with my daughter, T, on her birthday. When I left home on the coast, it was raining, sprinkling when I reached the pass. Even with the sprinkles, … Continue reading

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The Lady Washington’s Short but Eventful Life

 In August, a few days before the eclipse, two tall ships sailed into town: the Lady Washington and its companion vessel, the Hawaiian Chieftain. They tied up at a couple of docks along the Edmonds waterfront where I often take … Continue reading

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The Hundredth Anniversary of the Ballard Locks

 My sister lives nearby, so I’ve been to the Ballard Locks dozens of times. Usually we walk through her neighborhood and down the hill. Then we join the crowd of gawkers standing around, watching boats arrange themselves inside one of … Continue reading

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Easter Then and Now

Back then, I wore a new dress every Easter. I usually had a new hat too and sometimes a new lightweight matching jacket. We called it a duster. (I was in eighth grade in this photo, out in the backyard … Continue reading

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Crossing the Mts., Scenes of Eastern Washington

  When I visit my daughter, I start out on the cloudy, sometimes rainy, side of Washington State. The side of cedars and Douglas firs, salt water beaches, and skyscrapers. I begin at sea level and head up into the … Continue reading

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Do “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”?

On a recent walk, huffing and puffing my way uphill and down, I found myself noticing fences and walls and the frequent lack thereof. If you haven’t read Robert Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, since high school or middle school, you … Continue reading

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Freedom and Confinement

My daughter lives on the other side of the state, four hours away by car. Not a bad drive … except in winter when there’s a good chance of encountering snow and ice on Snoqualmie Pass. So … last week … Continue reading

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In Praise of Rest Stops

My daughter lives on the other side of Washington State, 243 miles and four and a half hours away. Four-and-a-half hours, that is, if you drive straight through. And I never drive straight through. On the trip to her house, … Continue reading

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