Oysterville Daybook Archives

I haven’t quite caught up yet…

I haven’t quite caught up yet…

I DID know it was Juneteenth today.  And I DO know what Juneteenth is all about!  And it's about time it's a holiday recognized by all of us and not just by a few folks in Texas or other parts of the old Confederacy.  The Oysterville Postmaster and...

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Who writes that stuff, anyway?  Jeezslyolblueshitwine!

Who writes that stuff, anyway? Jeezslyolblueshitwine!

I guess I've been putting off reading that slick little freebie that comes with the paper each year.  "The Discovery Coast" it's called now. (Maybe it always has been called that, but I have discovered that I dread seeing it arrive and have...

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A Perfect Weekend

A Perfect Weekend

Books and authors, music and musicians!  What could be better on the final weekend of June -- and a sunny one (mostly!) at that! Saturday at Time Enough Books in Ilwaco was a lovely gathering to hear authors Shawn Wong, Erin Malone, and Jane Wong...

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I might be the oldest… For sure I’m the luckiest!

I might be the oldest… For sure I’m the luckiest!

As far as I know, I'm the oldest resident living in Oysterville's National Historic District.  Without a doubt, I am the luckiest -- especially in the matter of my good friends and neighbors, the Wachsmuths, who live just around the corner from me...

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It wasn’t in the paper — but come anyway!!!

It wasn’t in the paper — but come anyway!!!

Below is the article I wrote for Wednesday's Chinook Observer but "for reasons beyond my control"  it didn't show up.  But I'm eager that you know about it and spread the word, so here's what what should have been printed: Fred Carter to open...

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All Roads Still Lead to Grandpa’s Village!

All Roads Still Lead to Grandpa’s Village!

And in case the title of this blog doesn't make sense to you... it's a not-so-oblique allusion to my Uncle Willard Espy's book, Roads to Grandpa's Village, published by Clarkson N. Potter in 1977.  However, his book was about old ancestors and...

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A Family Mystery – Part II.

A Family Mystery – Part II.

Continued from yesterday: We left my mother and her remaining siblings unable to reach their half-uncle Dan Richardson to notify him of their mother's (and his half-sister's) death in 1954.  As far as they knew, he was a Major in the U.S. Army and...

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Every Family Needs One or Two Good Mysteries!

Every Family Needs One or Two Good Mysteries!

Now that we are all spitting in tubes and mailing our bodily fluids off to be analyzed, we are beginning to find out about those skeletons in one another's closets.  I have at least three friends who've discovered half-siblings that nobody in...

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There’s something special about foraging!

There’s something special about foraging!

It doesn't seem to matter if you're out on the ocean beach with 5,000 other people digging razor clams or off in the woods by yourself hunting that elusive mushroom, foraging seems to satisfy something deeply rooted within us all.  It's one of the...

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What he wrote was so so hard…

What he wrote was so so hard…

... ...but I couldn't stop reading.  Couldn't put the book down  And then, on page 77 in the poem called the guy who couldn't see color,  there was Nyel's name.  The first word in the third stanza... Nyel might not walk again,  He got that...

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