Fitness Corner: In the new year, resolve to persevere

Every January I feel that this coming year could be a great year, maybe the best ever. I usually look to January as a time of positive change. If nothing else it’s my preferred month to do some organizing and clearing out of stuff! Even if my “resolutions” don’t bring lasting change, at least I…

Under the weather: Mostly dry weekend expected for the second week in a row

The month of January thus far has seen a wide range of weather conditions, from below-average temperatures to above-average temperatures, and from snow to warm winter rain. We’ve seen wind and even a little bit of sun (wow, what a concept!). The big story of this past week was an atmospheric river that impacted the…

Recommended Reads: A tantalizing mystery with a paranormal twist

Scarlet At Crystal River: A Haunted Shores Mystery, by Randy Overbeck Darrell Henshaw and his new wife Erin are on their honeymoon in Florida. So romantic! Mystery and the paranormal never take a break though, and Darrell feels someone reaching out to him from beyond this world. This is not the first calling from the beyond…

Looking Back: Daniel Hines – a solitary man of mystery

History remembers the celebrated – genealogy remembers them all Readers of my Looking Back columns may have noticed that I often go beyond history to include genealogy research in my stories. Genealogy became part of my private and public life years ago—long before computers were available for use by the general public; before the introduction…

Under the weather: Second weekend of 2022 will start wet but finish dry

Happy New Year, everyone! 2021 was quite the year for a variety of reasons (at least it was for me—I got married, after all), but weather-wise, it was definitely an interesting year. Let’s examine some of the data. Take a look at the graph shown below, which depicts the total precipitation accumulation over the course…

Recommended reads: Extend the holiday season with these heartwarming novellas

Looking for a sweet treat with no calories? Here’s recommendations of just a few of the wonderful novella reads from the Christmas Cookies Series. Extend the holiday season with these heartwarming stories, including Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For (recipe included). A Maple Cookie Homecoming by Judy Ann Davis Can you ever go home again?…

Home + Work: 2022 work-from-home resolutions

As we ease into 2022 (and we mean ease), many of us are still working from home, and are settling in for the long haul. It’s not hard to get stuck in a routine of sitting at your desk and staring at a screen, so we came up with these simple 2022 work-from-home resolutions to…

Under the weather: Thawing finally begins as we head into new year

Welcome to Alaska…I mean, Western Washington. Anyone else out there still defrosting from those cold temperatures? More on that in a moment. Last week I mentioned the slight possibility of a white Christmas. As expected, we didn’t quite get the white Christmas many desired—we just missed it by about 24 hours. Snow fell in the…

The Writer’s Desk: Yes is better than no

Rejection is part of writing. It hurts when you open that e-mail or envelope and read, “Sorry…we don’t have a place for your work.” It takes elephant hide and steely nerve to be a writer, and yet you’re not a real writer until you have been rejected. Some rejections are downright rude, like the one…

Just Around the Corner: Holiday cheer

From photographer David Carlos, who notes that this place — located at South 25th Street and South Holgate Way in Tacoma — has a little fun with its name this time each year.

Under the weather: Soggy Saturday expected this weekend but otherwise mostly dry

It’s the weekend before Christmas, and all across the Pacific Northwest, not a creature was dry—not even a guest. OK, maybe I should stick to forecasting and let the professionals handle the poem-writing. However, there’s some truth to my lovely poem. It’s definitely felt like the rain hasn’t let up much in the past several…

Recommended reads: ‘Death by Sample Size’ a humorous, intriguing mystery

Death by Sample Size, by Susie Black How about a liberal dose of laugh-out-loud humor with your intriguing mystery? Here’s an amateur sleuth who is wise-cracking, irreverent and becomes determined to follow all clues and find a cunning killer. The victim was certainly no friend to Holly Schlivnik. In fact, Bunny Frank really had no…

Home + Work: Plan and execute the best virtual holiday party of 2021

The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to start compiling a list of virtual holiday party ideas. It’s been a busy year working remotely using Zoom, Google Meet, and Webex, and a lot of virtual burnout. Luckily, it’s time to use these meeting platforms to host a virtual holiday party! Show your appreciation for…

Under the weather: Wet and windy December weekend coming

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only a little over two weeks away. For those of you who are still in the process of buying and wrapping gifts, it’s getting close to crunch time! Most weekends in December are occupied by people doing shopping or attending holiday parties. Whether you’re attending an ugly…

Playtime: Fun and free holiday options for families

This year, the call to keep Christmas from seeping into Thanksgiving was coming from inside the house, if you will. So while a few of the tiny trees made it onto the table before Thanksgiving, by Friday I was chomping at the bit to put up my other countertop tinsel trees without (as many) comments….