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 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    January 13, 2022 

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...

 

The most memorable gift ever, ever - so far

This is a story about a gift my father gave me when I was about 5 years old. This story is as true as any memory summoned from a long-past Christmas. I’m child No. 4 in a four-child family, and...

 

Try something new in the kitchen

Cooking doesn’t have to be a burden. It can be fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! You can never be too unmotivated or too unskilled to learn to prepare zesty and tasty meals that satisfy palates of all ages,...

 

It's a victory for the Pedros of our world

Downtown Shelton resident Miguel Gutierrez unveiled his candidacy for City Council on May 17 by posting the following announcement on his campaign website (vote4miguel.org): "Dear friends. What will...

 

A Northwest chauvinist in the Southwest

The Continental Divide at Interstate 40, New Mexico: The line that determines whether precipitation flows east or west in North America cuts through a souvenir shop along westbound Interstate 40 in...

 

Ear time along the Hoh River Trail

“I dedicated One Square Inch of Silence on Earth Day 2005. Alone, I placed a small red stone, a gift from an elder of the Quileute Tribe, on a log in the Hoh Rain Forest approximately 3 miles from...

 

Random thoughts for a November day

A new term for old people: The formerly young. When you go to the parking lot where you’ve parked your car and it isn’t where you thought you parked it, is your first thought, “Damn! Someone...

 

Stop! Thief! Oh? Nevermind.

Do you suppose it’s against the law for someone to penetrate the neural network of your credit union or bank and then lift the numbers linked to your financial accounts? The answer appears to be no,...

 

Tragedy & comedy at the movie house

“We should stay,” I told Mrs. Ericson and our friend Martha after the lights came up in the theater. “How often do we get to hear from the director of a movie we’ve just seen?” A person at...

 

A study that studied the studies

A new study published last week found that the number of studies issued in the United States in 2020 was up 13% from the previous year. The findings, published in the pseudo-scientific journal...

 

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