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Mail Service Just Ain’t What It Used To Be!

Mail Service Just Ain’t What It Used To Be!

I haven't been sending Cuzzin Ralph many research questions lately and he's one of those guys who finds his own projects if you don't keep him busy!  He just sent me some interesting clippings about our U.S. Postal Service back in the day....

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Tomorrow is the first day of fall… or is it?

Tomorrow is the first day of fall… or is it?

NOW they tell me!  Doncha just hate it when you go through life thinking you understand something and then you find that you don't.  Not even a little bit. I thought I understood that tomorrow, September 23 is going to be the fall (or autumnal)...

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Cooler, Darker, Moister — Is Fall in the air?

Cooler, Darker, Moister — Is Fall in the air?

It was mighty dark when I woke up this morning.  Imagine my surprise when I looked at the clock and it was getting on toward seven o'clock.  It seems such a short time ago that it was full light by 5:30 in the morning.  I guess Fall is truly on its...

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Ready! Set! Mark Your Calendars!

Ready! Set! Mark Your Calendars!

THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT AND AN INVITATION! Whether you've moved here recently or  your roots go deep into the past of Pacific County -- or even if you are a wannabe resident, we hope you will join our HISTORY FORUM -- a monthly gathering of folks...

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It used to be…

It used to be…

Remember when you were feeling puny and the words to live by were "take two aspirin and call me in the  morning..."? Now, if you are just a skosh off your normal, exuberant self, people immediately ask "Have you taken a Covid test?" and then cancel...

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And not a buckshot to be found!

And not a buckshot to be found!

My duck-hunting neighbor came by yesterday with three duck breasts ready for cooking!  "I know Nyel loved these," he said, "but what about you?" .  I told him I was, indeed, a fan of wild duck but since Nyel was the chef, I wasn't so sure I could...

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Sure as Santa… the season has begun!

Sure as Santa… the season has begun!

"The Nutcracker" is on in Astoria.  The Bayside Singers are booked at both the north and south ends of the Peninsula.  Tuba Christmas is coming back to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  And there are bazaars and craft fairs all over the place....

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Wow!  This one is tough!

Wow! This one is tough!

Louise Penny's latest book arrived on my front porch right on time.  In fact, probably 12 hours earlier than the "pub date" which was November 30th.  I was waiting with baited breath, having timed my life so I could dive right in. A World of...

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Yep, Bob!  It was definitely one of them days!

Yep, Bob! It was definitely one of them days!

I left Oysterville shortly after nine this morning, headed for an appointment in Astoria and then one of those grocery shopping, liquor store replenishers, and top up the gas tank as long as you're at it kind of days.  The potholes were filled with...

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It’s a skill I’ve not yet mastered…

It’s a skill I’ve not yet mastered…

Measuring time.  Sometimes I think I have it down pat.  The roast is done perfectly when expected, I get to the doctor's with that ten minutes to spare, or I have all my ducks rowed up in time to enjoy a solitary moment with the full moon rising....

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Quick!  I hope there’s time to check it twice!

Quick! I hope there’s time to check it twice!

It's been happening for a while now.  Ever since retirement, I'd say.  Suddenly the end of November is upon us and Christmas is already demanding our full attention.  There's the Naughty'n'Nice List to double-check, the gifts to gather and wrap and...

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It’s hard to keep up!

It’s hard to keep up!

Sometimes (maybe oftener and oftener) I am totally confused by what I read.  The source doesn't seem to matter.  This morning  it was a sentence in the New York Times.  It went like this: Nine-year-olds lost the equivalent of two decades of...

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