PAT NEAL: Finding work when there’s no fishing

My life sucks ever since they shut down the fishing season. Without fishing, my life has had no meaning. Each day became a long dreary… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Are the Russians coming?

It was another tough week in the news with a feeling of history being repeated as Stalin’s “Iron Curtain” morphed into Putin’s pipe dream of… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Being one’s own art therapist

IT GIVES ME great joy to write about other people’s art. Whether it’s painting or sculpture or choreography, I thrive as an observer. As in… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: More research is needed

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, where this column’s prediction that the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife would execute an emergency… Continue reading

LETTER: State of the union

For the past 35 years, nearly every U.S. president has given a State of the Union speech attesting to the fact that the state of… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2022

PAT NEAL: Fishing without hooks

It was another tough week in the news. The Washington state Department of Wildlife threatened us with yet another emergency closure. We were warned last… Continue reading

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POINT OF VIEW: Proposed legislation fails to solve problem of nursing care

When you live in a rural community and experience a life-threatening accident or illness, you need a finely tuned regional healthcare system to get you… Continue reading

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DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Serving up history at hospital cafe

The zoom call ran less than half an hour, but it blew my mind wide open. On my screen was Chris Harris. He’s a cook,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Fish are getting smarter

It was the American author John Steinbeck who said, “It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A crazy way to stay sane

They say we live in an age of disinformation. I can think of no greater example of this modern-day dilemma than a recent reoccurring theory… Continue reading

Lauren Davis, pictured at Port Townsend's Imprint Bookstore, has just published her full-length poetry collection, "Home Beneath the Church." Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

Diane Urbani de la Paz: Poet shares the personal, vulnerable

Lauren Davis’ “Home Beneath the Church” out now

  • Feb 2, 2022
  • By Diane Urbani de la Paz Peninsula Daily News
  • Opinion
Lauren Davis, pictured at Port Townsend's Imprint Bookstore, has just published her full-length poetry collection, "Home Beneath the Church." Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News
A young Pat Neal holds the lead rope for his sisters on the back of Cinderella the donkey.

PAT NEAL: A good horse

Back on the farm, we used to say, all the animals go to heaven. There was great reminder of this eternal truth when a picture… Continue reading

A young Pat Neal holds the lead rope for his sisters on the back of Cinderella the donkey.

PAT NEAL: The Discover Pass disaster

It was another tough week in the news. Legislation to eliminate the hated Discover Pass has been introduced in the state Legislature. The $30 Discover… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A new adventure sport

There is a new outdoor adventure sport making waves all across this green emerald recreational paradise we call the Olympic Peninsula. While this new sport… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Thank you for reading this

Thank you for reading this. Somebody must. I know this from all of the wonderful cards and letters you send. In this country, we have… Continue reading

LETTER: Held hostage by unvaccinated

So here we are again. On the verge of locking up and locking down. Our children. Your children. Missing out on some of the best… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2022
Vincent Van Gogh created nearly 900 paintings during the final 10 years of his life, including 1889's "The Starry Night."

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Immersing yourself in the art of Van Gogh

Part amusement park, part magic mushroom-like trip, the Van Gogh Immersive Experience puts you in a room that blooms, shimmers and rains flowers. It is… Continue reading

Vincent Van Gogh created nearly 900 paintings during the final 10 years of his life, including 1889's "The Starry Night."

PAT NEAL: A really hard winter on the Peninsula

It was daylight in the swamp. Last week’s snow was melting in the rain. It turned into a slushy mess with an icy base that… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A miserable memory of a New Year’s Eve

In last week’s episode, we were sharing the yuletide joy of an 1859 Christmas cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in a cedar… Continue reading