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Banjos capture the voices of our past

June is African American Music Appreciation Month. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter created it to acknowledge African American contributions to music as a vital part of our nation’s cultural …

It’s our ocean and our sand

June is National Oceans Month, so let’s talk about our beautiful beaches. It was President James Polk (1795-1849) who used the term “from sea to sea,” which is now interpreted to …

The pain from our value conflict

May is set aside to think about mental health issues so let’s explore moral value conflicts and how those conflicts affect us and our relationships. A few of my sources include Jack …

The wise, insightful Will Rogers

As you enter into this column, keep in mind this is my adaptation of Will Rogers’ (1879-1935) expressed views. I’m not a well-founded witness because what I know comes from the …

The outbreak of male loneliness

In 1949, May was designated as Mental Health Month. I propose we use May to become aware of what is being called the Male Loneliness Syndrome. Remember those times when you felt loneliness? It …

It’s never too late to set personal goals

Yes, I know we are quarter of our way into 2024, but it’s never too late to make more 2024 resolutions. After reading Kate Colvin’s “Seven Tips to Keep You Feeling Your …

Lights on for safety bill on hold for now

Now that the 2024 legislative session in Olympia is in the history books, I can't but wonder how many might wonder what happened to Sen. John Lovick’s Senate Bill 6288? But before I answer …

Knock-knock: Jokes are in the belly of the holder

April Fool’s Day starts Natural Humor Month and, as I believe, a belly laugh a day keeps the doctors away. “Humor” is a relative word – it’s in the belly of the …

She was the Thorpe, Ruth, and Nicklaus of sports

W e talk about Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth Jr. (The Babe), and Jack Nicklaus, but do you know the greatest athlete of them all? After reading Gene Schoor’s “Babe Didrikson: The …

Introvert or extrovert? I had it all wrong

Since March is the month to explore introverts, I have this to offer: After over 19 years of teaching on the university level and now looking back at my grading process, I know I had it all wrong …

Quilting is a form of art

Like any artistic medium, a creator may never know how their creative weight will change the world. An example: quilters. Rather than those journaling an emotional memory or talking about a social …

Utterly unfeasible? They said it couldn’t be done

Women in Aviation Week is celebrated annually in March. This year it's March 4-10. Aviation history was supportive of it being “utterly unfeasible” for women to become pilots; this …

Elizabeth Jennings Graham: Another unsung woman hero

February being Black History Month, let us not forget that her name was famous among many. But today Elizabeth Jennings Graham, who had a lot to do with the Civil Rights Movement, was until recently …

Our presidential Anthem: ‘Hail to the Chief’

Presidents Day is Monday, Feb. 19, so let’s take some time and review the history behind our presidential anthem. We do not know the words per se, but there’s no denying “Hail …

I don’t usually read fiction, especially fantasy books. Although it could be argued I do read a lot about behavaioral health treatment articles – maybe some of those would be counted …

Hats off to you | Darn Wright

Lewis Caroll’s 1865 “Alice Adventure in Wonderland” met the Mad Hatter at a tea party, but hats have always taken us into a wonderland. On the second floor and riding on a …

We choose what controls us | Darn Wright

“You need to just stop hating.” How often does one hear or give out this so-called stopgap advice? For those of us who are trained to do mental health treatment, more often than not several of …

At one time it was Lynnwood’s Wights. Now it’s Woodinville’s Molbak’s and Ballard’s Swansons. But the greatest of them all is still celebrating the holiday season in Leavenworth. After …

'Little Goody Two Shoes' took children seriously | Darn Wright

From Nov. 24 to Nov. 30 is National Book Week, and with this in mind, who of us has not heard the saying “goody two shoes?” Today, those mildly derogatory words are defined by the Oxford Language …

No mail – low morale | Darn Wright

Those of us who wore an armed forces uniform know when the late evening voice came over the compound loudspeaker “mail call” smiles came to many of our faces. For those who received mail, their …

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