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Just hanging out in Nye Beach
Just hanging out in Nye Beach

In 2014, Veronica Willemin hung nearly four dozen individually painted banners from street lights all around the oceanside neighborhood of Nye Beach. It was the sixth year of the Nye Beach Banner Project.

One particular banner drew the interest...

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Ready alert
Ready alert

I was at a writing workshop on the coast when I first heard of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. That was nearly 20 years ago so the details are fuzzy, but I don’t recall being all that concerned. I understood it was real, but it didn’t feel...

Live and learn
Live and learn

One of the bonuses of being a journalist is that you are always learning something new. Often as not, it’s something you never dreamed would be that interesting, say, for instance, the life of a turkey vulture, or the history of a giant tree,...

Mossy Creek Pottery is the wheel deal
Mossy Creek Pottery is the wheel deal

I have spent entire afternoons scouring pottery shops in far away places for just the right bowl to bring home from my travels. Likewise, art festivals.

Funny, the things we seek out in our travels, but overlook in our own backyard.

This...

August occasions
August occasions

As I write, this last week of July, my thoughts turn to August. Our relationship is complicated, as they say. August is my birth month, but also the month I lost my mom. Even in childhood, August was a mixed month for me. On one hand, it meant a...

Raise the Woof
Raise the Woof
at the Dog Days of Summer
A rail disappointment
A rail disappointment

They say there are no guarantees in life and I generally believe that’s true. And yet, recently when I booked tickets on Amtrak and the clerk assured me the short time between the bus arrival and train departure was of no concern, I never...

Don’t bet on it
Don’t bet on it

I’ve played Bingo maybe three times in my life and that was so long ago I’m not sure if even that much is true. So a few years ago when my cousin suggested we play, I resisted. I wasn’t sure I even knew how to play. But how hard...

A touching encounter
A touching encounter

Until recently, my close encounters with jelly fish (as I used to call them) occurred on the beach as I ran in bare feet trying to avoid them. Even dead, I believed they could sting the heck of me. What I didn’t know was that the jellies were...

A singular sign off
A singular sign off

Fifteen years ago, I sat in a local restaurant across the table from David Ogden Stiers. My friends had bid on the lunch at a fund-raiser and were kind enough to invite me along. That afternoon we sipped wine and ate food of which I have no...

Feeling the pressure
Feeling the pressure

First came the boat fire, a nasty affair with burning fiberglass spewing black smoke all over Devils Lake. The North Lincoln Fire & Rescue crews were just getting things cleaned up when another call came, this one for a structure fire in an...

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