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Can’t hang it sideways

Can’t hang it sideways

Last week I found out my website, the one I refer you to every week in my byline, has not been working since September. I… Continue reading

Can’t hang it sideways
A large tree fell onto Bethany Alvarado’s property in Maple Valley during the windstorm that took place on Jan. 6. Submitted photo from Bethany Alvarado

Cleanup on Aisle King County

The city of Maple Valley hosted a debris drop off at Lake Wilderness, post windstorm.

A large tree fell onto Bethany Alvarado’s property in Maple Valley during the windstorm that took place on Jan. 6. Submitted photo from Bethany Alvarado
‘Talk to Me’ draws from real life

‘Talk to Me’ draws from real life

The view from above was stunning. The cliché says that people look like ants when you’re looking down from a ledge, and they do. Trees… Continue reading

‘Talk to Me’ draws from real life
A complicated man, a look into ‘The Mule’

A complicated man, a look into ‘The Mule’

Recommendation: 3/5 Stars, STREAM Plot: “A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican… Continue reading

A complicated man, a look into ‘The Mule’
When the power goes out in BFE

When the power goes out in BFE

I was going to write about how the Christmas tree came down much more gracefully than it went up. I had intended to write this… Continue reading

When the power goes out in BFE
You’ll want to hang tight when reading ‘The New Iberia Blues’

You’ll want to hang tight when reading ‘The New Iberia Blues’

Your hand is deep in a bucket of crunchy goodness. Without popcorn, a movie is just a bunch of flickering lights, a series of stills… Continue reading

You’ll want to hang tight when reading ‘The New Iberia Blues’
Enjoy getting lost sometimes

Enjoy getting lost sometimes

The New Year is upon us. I don’t make resolutions as a rule because it feels a bit like self-flogging — the same to-dos keep… Continue reading

Enjoy getting lost sometimes
This book is loaded with both controversy and solutions

This book is loaded with both controversy and solutions

First shift begins in early morning. You hit work then, and run all day for that weekly paycheck. Second shift starts the minute you pick… Continue reading

This book is loaded with both controversy and solutions
Free webinar about business taxes

Free webinar about business taxes

The Washington State Department of Revenue is offering a free webinar about business taxes on Jan. 9.

  • Dec 29, 2018
Free webinar about business taxes
Photos by Kayse Angel

Toys for Joy collects around 5,000 toys

Every year, the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority collects toys for children during the holiday season.

Photos by Kayse Angel
Learn about favorite writers in ‘A Sidecar Named Desire’

Learn about favorite writers in ‘A Sidecar Named Desire’

The holiday season started with a cup of cheer. Then there was a sip of wassail, some mistletoe and wine, and rummy-tum-tum along the way.… Continue reading

Learn about favorite writers in ‘A Sidecar Named Desire’
So, about that tree

So, about that tree

The tree remained up for three days before all parties were gathered and the ornaments went on. My husband and I did another frantic search… Continue reading

So, about that tree
Winter snow means it’s time to play in the national park

Winter snow means it’s time to play in the national park

Recent storms have set the stage for winter recreation at Mount Rainier National Park. On the north side of the mountain, easily accessible from the… Continue reading

  • Dec 21, 2018
Winter snow means it’s time to play in the national park
You don’t have to like it, but you will

You don’t have to like it, but you will

You don’t have to like it. That’s the way it is with parental decisions. You may not agree with Mom and Dad and you can… Continue reading

You don’t have to like it, but you will
Shop With A Cop took place at the Covington Walmart where more than 600 children participated in the event and about 135 law enforcement personnel volunteered their time. Photo courtesy of Angela Van Liew

Over 600 children participate in Shop With A Cop

The King County Sheriff’s Office hosted Shop With A Cop, and children from all over King County were able to participate.

Shop With A Cop took place at the Covington Walmart where more than 600 children participated in the event and about 135 law enforcement personnel volunteered their time. Photo courtesy of Angela Van Liew
Christmas a success when the pregnant lady curses

Christmas a success when the pregnant lady curses

I feel as if I’m waging war on my home and frequently retreating because I’m losing the Christmas battle. Even though I’m much more positive… Continue reading

Christmas a success when the pregnant lady curses
The train that Harvey Hawken spent 18 years fixing up has been put to good use this holiday season by transporting people around the Crystal Creek Tree Farm. Photo by Kayse Angel

Crystal Creek Tree Farm is off the rails

A local tree farmer spent 18 years getting his locomotive up and running.

The train that Harvey Hawken spent 18 years fixing up has been put to good use this holiday season by transporting people around the Crystal Creek Tree Farm. Photo by Kayse Angel
5 tips to get your breath mistletoe-ready

5 tips to get your breath mistletoe-ready

By: Kyle Blair, DDS The holidays are here. You may have been naughty with your brushing and flossing this year, but ‘tis the season for… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2018
5 tips to get your breath mistletoe-ready
Jam Club takes to the stage

Jam Club takes to the stage

Maple Valley Youth Symphony offers a program called “Jam Club,” which offers therapy music education to kids with special needs.

Jam Club takes to the stage
Adapting is the operative word after a move

Adapting is the operative word after a move

Beloved Family, I know it’s scary, this move we’ve made. I know things are different, belongings are in different places, It takes longer to get… Continue reading

Adapting is the operative word after a move