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 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 30, 2022 

Let's take a moment to remember George

“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to 9 months. After that, they don’t wanna know about you. They don’t wanna hear from you. No nothing! No neonatal care, no day...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Thoughts for an almost summer day in June

I don’t own a gun. It would just be one more thing I’d have to clean. The rhododendrons and dogwood trees are in their fullest bloom and the sun is high and bright. What a wonderful day it must...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Three moments, featuring 2 people and 1 cat

“Socks!” I couldn’t remember the woman’s name who was walking toward me last week in the hall of the gym I go to. She worked in a drive-through coffee shop I frequented before the plague...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 2, 2022

The imaginary violence that resides inside

I’m not a violent person. I’m a flighter, not a fighter. I don’t like to be intimately involved in the slaying of anything, even vermin in our home. I’ll escort spiders and moths to the door....

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Western Washington's payoff months

"Summer, summer, summer, It's like a merry-go-round - Magic." -The Cars Summer is the season we residents west of the Cascades have earned. Winter is the slog. Summer is the song. The sun shines and...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Damon Point, home of the streaked homed lady

I spent the summer of my 19th year working outside the northern Washington town of Republic on a cattle and alfalfa ranch along the Sanpoil River, a river that drains into the Columbia. It was there...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Random thoughts for this day in May

Kangaroo Court and Star Court would be good road names in a housing development. Here are other possibilities: Hula Loop, Hard Road, Rue Avenue, Lame Lane, Broken Dreams Boulevard, No Way, Miss Place...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 28, 2022

There will be blood: Me vs. me (and Jason)

Every couple of months, I go to the Bloodworks Northwest office in Olympia to get a vein tapped. I enjoy these visits. I get to check the “no” box to the extensive list of circumstances that can...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 21, 2022

The trouble with titles. A personal history.

I worked for a state representative at the Capitol in Olympia for three months during the 1988 legislative session. I sat at a desk, behind a plastic rectangle that displayed my name. I smiled when...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 14, 2022

Having historical figures over for dinner

If you could have four dead people of historical importance to dinner, who would you invite? The rules are they wouldn’t be dead at dinner, you can’t invite Hitler (who wants to hear...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Finding a place in this world to be happy

I got an email a couple of weeks ago from a Journal reader inviting me to join some people who play pingpong Wednesday nights at Little Skookum Hall Community Club. This is one of the fringe benefits...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 31, 2022

Three stories you might have missed in the news

No matter how attuned you are to the news these days, you can always find a story or two each week that stretches your sense of what’s possible in this world. Feast on these three stories: Story...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Our amazing modern technology

When people remark about how amazing our modern technology is — sometimes after discovering something else their cellphones can do — I wonder what time in human history they’re comparing “mode...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 17, 2022

Realizations about exhortations

Several years ago, I often played racquetball with a fellow who would attack himself. When this fellow would make a bad shot, he’d yell something like “Nate, you idiot!” or “You’re stupid!...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 10, 2022

Random thoughts for a day in March

Was it Bruce Jenner or Caitlyn Jenner who won the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics? You can’t really be a lifelong resident of a place until you die there. Here’s a trait of some recently...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 3, 2022

Halfway around the world can find its way here

Way back in the 20th century, those of us in Mrs. Jannsen’s 12th-grade English class at Mead High School in Spokane County had to read the novel “Fathers and Sons.” Ivan Turgenev, a Russian,...

 

The way we were: News from a week in 2020

What do you remember of the news from the last week of February and the first day of March 2020? If you’re normal, not much. So let’s leave 2022 for a moment and refresh our memories. Let’s fall...

 

Twenty-one life tips for happiness and longevity

When you’re cleaning the fridge and you can’t identify a substance, toss it. If anyone complains, say you ate it. Never comment on a woman’s pregnancy unless you have indisputable confirmation t...

 

Some words about words

My brain summons images of people when I read or hear particular words. Maybe this happens to you too. The word “accommodate” conjures a millisecond image of Dan Shaw, former city editor for the...

 

A reason to root during the Winter Olympics

The Olympics opening ceremony starts Friday at 3:30 a.m. That’s the middle of the night for most of us, including me. Still, I’m getting up to watch this one so I can see members of a particular t...

 

Stories told, questions asked in Sunday school

Figurative language confounds children. The first time I heard “Put some elbow grease into it,” I imagined it came in a can, like 3-In-One oil. I checked the cupboard. We were out. In the...

 

A political fable for our troubled times

Once upon a time, two aardvarks named Donny and Danny lived and hunted in the scrubland of their native territory. They were the best of friends, sharing their food and happiness equally. Sometimes th...

 

The night of breaking trees

This is the second time I’ve written the headline “The night of breaking trees” for a newspaper. The first was for a story in The Olympian about an ice storm that hit in the final week of 1996....

 

'We're having a COVID outbreak right now'

Imagine this: You’re expecting a lot of people for dinner. They show up around 5 p.m. and assemble beneath the covering over your front porch before entering your place. Now, imagine discovering...

 

Warm thoughts for a December day

The difference between breakfast and brunch is you can order alcohol at brunch and not be considered an alcoholic. But if you order alcohol at breakfast, people will talk. We need more people who are...

 

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