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Oysterville Daybook Archives

So, the other day when the lens fell out…

So, the other day when the lens fell out…

...of my glasses, I slipped it back in the frame ever-so-carefully and called my eye doctor to see if the optician was in.  She was, so I gathered my coat and purse and, also, my wits and drove ever-so-gingerly to have  it replaced properly.  It...

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I’ve never thought of myself as a screamer…

I’ve never thought of myself as a screamer…

... but then I don't think I've ever had much occasion for screaming.  Thank goodness!  The other day, though, I startled myself with my unexpected reaction -- twice! -- to seeing a squirrel (maybe) run across my pantry and then, again, across the...

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History Forum: Two Experts + A Harridan!

History Forum: Two Experts + A Harridan!

Our third History Forum was a great success, if I do say so myself!  Each of the previous sessions have been fabulous, but more on the "lecture" side of things rather than like a true Forum.  So, today before I introduced our Guest Historians, I...

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Just what is an “honest” mistake, anyway?

Just what is an “honest” mistake, anyway?

I might be nit-picking a bit here, but when I read the Page 2 headline in today's Observer --State senator says Hong Kong gun charge due to 'honest mistake' -- I had to stop and mull that over for a bit.  It seems to me that a mistake is a...

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They had to go clear to Estonia to find out???

They had to go clear to Estonia to find out???

This morning a friend sent me a NYT Opinion piece titled "What Most American Schools Do Wrong."  After 39 years in elementary classrooms in California and Washington I could hardly force myself to read on.  What indeed?  I could think of dozens of...

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Writer’s what — block?  cramp? angst?

Writer’s what — block? cramp? angst?

Since my column in the Chinook Observer is published on the first Wednesday of each month, and since the first Wednesday of November is actually November 1st. and since that day is Samhain,  a Gaelic festival  marking the end of the harvest season...

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Did you mind sharing the limelight, Mrs. C?

Did you mind sharing the limelight, Mrs. C?

Mrs. Crouch and I have been saving this afternoon for several weeks now for our date with Brandon,  a video producer from Fox13 News in Seattle.  He emailed that he was working on a story for a Halloween special about haunted places in Washington...

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It’s Friday the 13th!  Again!

It’s Friday the 13th! Again!

Most years have one  Friday-the-13th but this year we are curse --  or blessed if you happen to be Taylor Swift with two.  Today is the second (and last) one of the year.  The first was in January and, truth to tell, I don't really remember...

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A Visit From The Deer People

A Visit From The Deer People

Somehow, I felt their presence.  I was working in my office -- no windows here, only book-lined walls, so it wasn't a matter of movement catching my eye.  Nor of sound.  Just... a feeling. I went into the bedroom and had a look out the bay windows...

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Where the deer and the antelope play…

Where the deer and the antelope play…

Except there aren't any antelope(s)* here in Oysterville and the current resident deer has a painful-looking limp so "play" may not be an option for her.  She (or he?) is small, maybe a yearling though it's difficult to determine.  She walks slowly...

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“One by Land; Two by Sea”  on Wednesday!

“One by Land; Two by Sea” on Wednesday!

Did you mark your calendar?  The second-ever History Forum will convene at the Oysterville Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4th.  Speakers will be three of us "old ducks" -- Dobby Wiegardt, Tucker Wachsmuth, and yours truly -- and we'll...

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Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein

I was surprised at the tears that came unbidden when my morning edition of the New York Times announced that Dianne Feinstein had died.  I can't say that I really knew her, though we went back a long time, Dianne and I. We were at Stanford together...

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