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 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!...

 

Letters to the Editor

Editor’s Note: The Journal will begin running letters to the editor endorsing or opposing local political candidates in the June 9 edition (eight weeks prior to the Aug. 2 primary election). Youth and COVID-19...

 
 By Sarah Crow    Opinion    March 17, 2022

By faith, not by taste

Dad is a private contractor, a builder and an improver of things, who lives along Hood Canal. He constructs decks and roofs, garages, does kitchen and bath remodels, flooring, painting, plus a little excavating, tree trimming, and septic work on the...

 
 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...

 

Steering lawmakers toward consensus, not conflict

Turn on the news, open a newspaper or scroll through social media and you are likely to encounter some form of outrage involving Congress. Polarization in Congress feels like it’s at an all-time high, because it is. But beneath all the bickering...

 

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...

 

Letters to the Editor

Support our children Editor, the Journal, I would like to urge you to vote “yes” on the upcoming Hood Canal School District Renewal Levy and capital bond on Feb. 8. Please note that the new rate will be lower than the current rate. The current...

 

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