Oysterville Daybook Archives

Old People/Houses: The same rules apply!

Old People/Houses: The same rules apply!

Remember that old joke --- after you reach 40 it's Patch Patch Patch but after 60 it's PatchPatchPatch?  Well. I'm here to tell you that the same goes for houses, but since this house was built in 1869 (and never mind that I'm way past the Age 60...

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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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Just East of Downtown Oysterville

Just East of Downtown Oysterville

Some folks call it "The Foot Path;" some "The Doggy Walk."  In my grandfather's day it was "Front Street" -- the most easterly in Oysterville.  That, of course, was before erosion  took most of it out to sea and we were left with just a bit of high...

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There’s always a flip side!

There’s always a flip side!

The invitation arrived this morning by email from Josephine LaCosta, a woman I'd never heard of (or so I thought) and, apparently an author.  I was a part of a string of folks being invited to a book launch party because I was "so generous as to...

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Some things don’t change…

Some things don’t change…

Last week's paper, our esteemed Chinook Observer -- the  October 5, 2022 issue -- was hard for me from the first cursory glance.  "Serial rapist faces life 'treatment' on remote island - Sheriff Didion tried to warn county" was the week's top...

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Every Little Once In A While

Every Little Once In A While

I don't like to argue with tourists.  Mostly, I don't have to. When visitors to Oysterville happen to ask me questions and I happen to be able to answer, I'm usually met with respectful interest and often with a righteous exchange of information. ...

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Oysterville Is Reeling

Oysterville Is Reeling

Today we learned that our long-time friend and neighbor, Ron Biggs, died yesterday -- apparently in good health, while working in his garden.  His is the seventh death since 2022 began.  Too many for such a tiny village to endure. It's true that...

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Oysterville’s Deer People

Oysterville’s Deer People

  The deer people have been keeping a fairly low profile -- at least on our edge of town.  I imagine the bucks are busy growing their new antlers -- maybe even getting the itch to get the velvet off by now.  And the mama deer have just about...

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Bonding Across The Generations

Bonding Across The Generations

It was Maddie's third visit to Oysterville but the first that was a prolonged (four days and nights) stay.  On each of her previous visits, she had been all eyes and ears --looking, looking, looking and asking myriad questions about Oysterville. ...

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Off on the Great Clam Hunt!

Off on the Great Clam Hunt!

Chef Nyel sent us intrepid ones off to tideflats to get a few clams for the paella.  "A couple of dozen should be plenty," said he, and off we went -- Alex and three of his kids with me as guide.  It was seven ayem; Charlie slept in. The morning...

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Flags Flying Again In Oysterville!

Flags Flying Again In Oysterville!

It's one of those things that I'm not sure if anyone else notices -- the flags in the Oysterville churchyard.  Whether they do or not, I'm sure we notice more than anyone because our house is directly across the street.  As I walk toward the...

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Spires, Inspirations and Aspirations

Spires, Inspirations and Aspirations

The closest thing Oysterville has to a museum is "Tucker's Arcade" which you probably know is a work in progress.  Probably always will be.  Tucker is a collector, after all, and an eclectic one at that.  There is never an end in sight to...

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