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Create some healthy meals — and good memories

A few weeks ago, I wrote about nutrition and the incidence of corporations that make food of questionable nutritional quality sponsoring everything from reading programs to school sports scoreboards.

In a bind? Try a clip

Last week, I stumbled upon a new-to-me use for binder clips as I was faced with trying to use loose tea to make a cup of hot tea at work.

Kinda glad it's all over

I don’t stress out any more about trying to provide a “perfect” holiday for our family, but I still breathe a sigh of relief when the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s craziness is over.

Pirate’s Code stays loose in ’14

Project to cook through several shelves of recipes falls a bit short

A year ago, I wrote about how I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but instead set loose goals.

Color doesn’t matter — holiday is more than snow

The packages from Pennsylvania were most anticipated

Will we have a white Christmas in the Okanogan Valley? Well, that’s up to Mother Nature and, frankly, I don’t really care. As of Friday, when I wrote this, we had a little bit of snow and it was still falling, but the jury was still out for Christmas Day.

Too busy to update?

Help is on the way for folks who feel obligated to comment on, “like” or repost every little scrap of minutiae that lands on their Facebook page. The folks at Google are seeking a patent for a program described as “automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network,” the International Science Times website reports.

Eau de bacon? No thanks

I like bacon, but I can’t say I’m obsessed with it.

Remembering where we were when we heard

Kennedy death leaves many with a range of emotions

“Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” Everyone who’s in their mid-50s or older immediately knows the answer to that question.

Regiment weathers capture in war

As I was working on stories last week about Veterans Day, I had occasion to research the background of a Civil War veteran who’s buried in the old Riverview Cemetery near Omak.

Is Thanksgiving forgotten?

Is Thanksgiving on its way to being a forgotten holiday, at least in the eyes of advertisers? Halloween is big, but Christmas is the 800-pound gorilla in the holiday room. At 12:39 a.m. Nov. 1, even before all the Halloween pranksters’ eggs had dried on cars, a Black Friday promotion from a major online retailer dropped into my email inbox.

Searching for the right costume

Halloween is upon us and this year, with the event on a Thursday, revelers are stretching the celebration across two weekends.

Beer headlines Oktoberfest

“Prost!” The German equivalent of “cheers,” accompanied by folks clinking beer steins together, rang out over and over again during the third and final weekend of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest celebration.

Ol’ Crimson flies above Huskies

I’ve been following, with some amusement, the controversy over Ol’ Crimson’s appearance on last Saturday’s “College GameDay” show on ESPN.

Fall means (cough) smoke

Fall is upon us. That means, on certain days, smelly smoke is upon us. I’m not talking about smoke from prescribed burns. It’s the smoke from fireplaces and wood-burning stoves that really gets me going.

Not ready for the cold

“Are you at your computer? Go to the Department of Transportation webcams and look at Mount Rainier,” said the voice on the phone.

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