Diane Urbani de la Paz

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: The Advice Lady’s secret

I WAS CURIOUS about this woman, this traveler. So I sent a note asking for an interview, thinking she’d never have time, what with the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Another kind of year-end list

THE WORDS OF Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero (1917-1980) are a salve to me, a meditation to which I return. “It helps, now and then, to… Continue reading

Symphony serves holiday fare on Saturday

The “Snow Maiden Suite,” “The Adoration of the Magi,” an Overture on Hebrew Themes and a “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” — these… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Taking care of ‘us’: It’s a matter of time

A QUESTION THAT has me thinking lately: When we talk about this community, who is “us”? Who are the ones we believe belong here, sharing… Continue reading

Guest soloist, Sibelius, Shostakovich presented at Port Angeles Symphony concert

Her performances are deeply felt; dazzling. She plays — without histrionics — in the tradition of the great soloists of history. That’s… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Listening, remembering, giving thanks

HUDDLING IN THE rental car, I heard something outside. This was a recent Sunday morning, after my husband, Phil, and I traveled from Port Angeles… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Crossing lines, coming together: Stories make it possible

WHEN YOU’RE THE messenger bearing another person’s story, you perform a sacred act. It begins, of course, with listening. And listening some more, with heart… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Seeing new worlds via college program

I TOOK A seat beside John Lennon. As I marveled at my arrival here at last, he just smiled. The trip to Parque John Lennon… Continue reading

Pops Picnic to open Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra’s 85th season

Come and join the jubilee listen to the band swinging’ through the land everybody stand … when you sing with the zip and zing watch… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Helping Clallam inmates breathe a little easier

which permits me to go without escort — I pass through six gates and under the guard tower. Concertina wire,… Continue reading

Sequim storytellers to spin tales at Story Swap

The first Story Swap of the new season is a mashup: part campfire tales and songs, part open mic. All of the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: To open the mind, close the eyes … and point

JANE JULIAN THOUGHT maybe she should apologize. Many of her choices for the Port Townsend Film Festival are downright uplifting. Aren’t film festivals supposed to… Continue reading

From punk to contra, dance caller makes debut in Port Angeles

A punk community in London made a dance caller out of her. Abigail Hobart, making her debut at the Black Diamond Community… Continue reading

Paint the Peninsula festival to open Monday

Just standing in the summer sunlight is a gift. There’s more: the fragrance of fir trees, the song of the birds, the… Continue reading

Paint the Peninsula workshops open for registration

Yong Hong Zhong, a Chinese-born artist who immigrated to the United States at age 12, went on to draw for MTV Animation… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: New parents at ages 63 and 77

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the vows Jean Stratton took in Zen Buddhism. JEAN STRATTON SMILES the sun-bright smile of a… Continue reading

Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to romp through Webster’s Woods

In a comedy spiced with piquant lines, here’s one the actor Josh Sutcliffe relishes especially. “Man is a giddy thing,” he gets… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: More in common than different with these couples

AS I SET out to interview interracial spouses, I expected disheartening stories about family rifts and struggle for acceptance. And frankly, I dreaded asking uncomfortable… Continue reading