PAT NEAL: Merry Christmas anyway

THIS HAS BEEN a controversial Christmas season in the controversial year where everything is offensive if you think about it long and hard enough and… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: His mother’s son

EMPATHY AND FACEBOOK combine in a kind of cowboy winter-gear drive out here in the badlands of Port Townsend. Aki Avelino has just finished rustling… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a steelhead

(WITH APOLOGIES TO Francis Pharcellus Church, editor of the New York Sun, Dec. 21, 1897.) I am 8 years old. My family and I have… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Flu season shots help

THIS IS A morning that can make you feel like a spawned-out salmon headed downstream tail first. Now, I am not going to waste valuable… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Six words say it well

I’D GIVEN UP on finding the Sacred Heart. Husband Phil and I drove into and all around the Spokane Indian Reservation in search of it,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The holiday marathon

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news made even tougher by the long Thanksgiving weekend. For one thing, people are questioning the history, ethics… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A Dirty Thirties Thanksgiving

THIS IS A story of an Olympic Peninsula family celebrating Thanksgiving in the olden days. It was back in the Depression, the Dirty Thirties. Pa… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: ‘Breath and resonance in real space’

DON’T DREAD THE winter, I tell myself. Dread doesn’t help anything. Going outside does. Let me explain. On a recent rainy, windy afternoon I saw… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Our disappearing ferns

IT ALL STARTED with an attempt to share in nature’s bounty and celebrate the harvest of wild foods. It was a bad idea that just… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Bring back the spawners

IT WAS AN early morning on the river. I was launching a boat in the dark. This is all part of a fishing guide’s client-hazing… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: Stolen valor hurts all veterans

False claims lead to passing of act

  • Nov 11, 2019

A tribute to four Peninsula residents who have received the 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

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Saying yes, and writing again

SUCH A PLEASURE to talk with my friend Alice after a series of emails. Hearing Alice Derry’s voice on the phone is like hot tea… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Getting along in the country

AN AWFUL LOT of city folks are moving to the country these days and they want to know how to get along with the country… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A legend of the lost

THIS HAS BEEN a banner year for lost and injured hikers. As of Labor Day, 71 people were rescued or recovered from Olympic National Park.… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: The problems with I-976

TAXES TAKE A cut out of our personal and business resources and of course no one likes paying them. Small business owners especially loathe taxes,… Continue reading

  • Oct 30, 2019

POINT OF VIEW: Vehicle tabs should be at flat $30 fee

HOW MANY TIMES do we, the people, have to vote for $30 vehicle tabs before our “representatives” respect our decision? Apparently, one more. Initiative 976… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Pirates, patriots and plunderers

A LADY SAILED into Port Angeles last week. The replica seemed out of time and out of place with an aura of history when the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Solace in community

THE STARS, OR in this case a memory and a gathering, align this month. When I saw the flier for the Oct. 24 Community Memorial… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Stop, drop, cover and hold on

IT’S BEEN ANOTHER tough week in the news. Government officials, geological prognosticators and conspiracy theorists have banded together for Washington state’s Great ShakeOut. This is… Continue reading