PAT NEAL: Thank you, Rose

THE NEW YEAR has come and with it a traditional impulse to resolve to do better than we did last year. Often, this is a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: What I wanted for Christmas

HOW WAS YOUR Christmas? Mine was a disaster that started out bad when the inflatable Santa lawn ornament took a direct hit from what loggers… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Embracing a windstorm

YET AGAIN, IT was raining and the power was out at home, so I split by 9 a.m. to see what was happening on the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ:

WE LIVE IN various kinds of families. Parents and siblings, yes, but our circles of friends and workmates form families, too. For Mary Hogan, her… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: How’s the fishing?

HOW’S THE FISHING? If I had a buck for every time I have heard that question I would not be a lowly wilderness gossip columnist.… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Warm music brightens up long-term care facility

ONE DOESN’T REALLY have to tune a washtub bass, so Larry Baysinger waited patiently while the other musicians tuned their strings. His foot rested atop… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Port Angeles nurse can ‘go anywhere’

“I’LL GO ANYWHERE,” she told me. Marilyn Perkins is a recovery nurse, there when a child awakens after major surgery. In hospitals from El Salvador… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A special time of year

IT’S A SPECIAL time of year when friends and relations get together to celebrate the joy of the season. Though the days be short, the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Most wonderful time of the year

IT’S THE MOST wonderful time of the year. There are so many things to be thankful for, like the fact that the Thanksgiving holiday is… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Making the trek east

TO A SMOKER with a sizable habit, running out of cigarettes is much worse than running out of milk or pretty much anything, really. When… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Kate’s arts, sweet and savory

MAKING MUSIC WITH people, emphasis on with: That’s what Kate liked to do. The notes were her first language; they flowed on stage when she… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Thanksgiving: Knowing when you got it good

THERE’S A LOT of talk these days about holiday stress. It makes one think back in history when our traditional holidays were more of a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Salmon’s gift to the future

MAYBE YOU’VE HAD one of those days. You wake up on an autumn morning and everything hurts. Nothing seems to move right. You feel like… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Mushroom season is fading out

IN THE FALL, there is gold out in the forests of the West End and anyone can pick it off the ground and sell it… Continue reading

Richard B. Anderson

A tribute to four Peninsula residents who have received Medal of Honor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by PDN Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb first appeared Nov. 10, 2000. We print an updated version every Veterans Day. A… Continue reading

Richard B. Anderson

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Visit to Puerto Rico: All the grace we can muster

PUERTO RICO WASN’T what I expected. Invited on a yoga retreat there in mid-October, I flew in with eyes wide and wondering. What effects of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: My crazy uncle

I’VE GOT THIS crazy uncle. He’s got some bad problems. Maybe you can relate because you have a crazy uncle, too. As kids we were… Continue reading

Frances Charles

GUEST COMMENTARY: I-1631 is rural Washington’s great green hope

By Frances Charles and W. Ron Allen The fight to safeguard Washington state from serious impacts of climate change will not be won in Washington,… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018
Frances Charles

PAT NEAL: All new fishing excuses

IT HAPPENS EVERY year about this time. People start whining about the sunny weather and wishing for rain, forgetting the warning about getting what you… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Perfect end for an old hemlock

WHEN THE 124-FOOT hemlock fell with its top right in the fire, it could not have been more perfect. The evening was fairly dark, much… Continue reading