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Oysterville Daybook

In the historic hamlet of Oysterville, Washington, past and present intertwine…

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Maybe I should dust more often.

Maybe I should dust more often.

As she aged, my mother would occasionally explain her lapses in perfect housekeeping by saying, "An old house like this really needs a bit of dust -- as a patina, you know."  Brilliant!  And I've used the same line a number of times, myself -- the house being even...

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Sunday Evening With The Skamokawa Swamp Opera!

Sunday Evening With The Skamokawa Swamp Opera!

They were fabulous!  They played our favorites, their favorites (which were also our favorites, new pieces ( which are our new favorites) and old standbys (and we sang along.) It was a SRO crowd -- many long-time Andrew Emlen fans -- from his Lewis & Clark gigs...

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‘leventy thousand kinks and loops… and counting!

‘leventy thousand kinks and loops… and counting!

One thing Nyel didn't believe in stinting on was garden hoses.  We have 33,408 square feet of lawn. (Yikes!  Could that be right?) And we three hose bibs -- one each on the south, east, and north sides of the house.  It was Nyel's belief that we should have enough...

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Was it something I said?

Was it something I said?

For the first time in all my memories of this house and of all those who know that mi casa es su casa, this is the very first year that we've arrived in mid-May without a single barn swallow making its nest here -- not out in the "kitchen garden" where there is...

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And out of the blue, a call from Jeff Quigley!

And out of the blue, a call from Jeff Quigley!

I haven't laughed so much for a long time -- maybe not since Jeff and John Snyder and I were all teaching at Ocean Park School.  John and I had the two rooms (actually one big L at the south end of the building) and Jeff taught Special Ed out in "The Little White...

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