Oysterville Daybook Archives

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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The Hardest Part…

The Hardest Part…

I really am having so much fun researching these "Saints or Sinners" stories!  And, every once in a while, a reader tells me how much they are enjoying them and that makes it even better.  And then just today, when I called Pete Heckes with a...

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Sometimes it’s hard to choose…

Sometimes it’s hard to choose…

To read?  Or to write?  To have a day -- or even better two days in a row -- to do one or the other is my idea of heaven, especially if I have the leisure to spend just enjoying myself.  No deadlines.  No necessary research.  No over-riding...

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A Most Hopeless, Most Interesting Task!

A Most Hopeless, Most Interesting Task!

I'm trying to clean out, consolidate and, in general, make sense of my files.  However, I've  all but given up after just two days.  The problem is, I saved these "gems" because they are just that and I'm just not ruthless enough to pitch and...

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“Full Disclosure” …as they say.

“Full Disclosure” …as they say.

After dinner last night, I put my feet up "for just a minute" fully intending to write my blog before bedtime.  End of story, almost.  I did surface long enough to turn off the lights (most of them) and go to bed, never giving a single thought to...

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Gobsmacked doesn’t quite express it!

Gobsmacked doesn’t quite express it!

That Cate is taking a much-deserved break from her "Coast Chronicles" column in the Observer did not come as a total surprise today.  After writing every single week for fifteen (!) years, it seems that a little down time is more than her due, and...

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Now you see it…  Or hear it…  And finally…

Now you see it… Or hear it… And finally…

So after all my F'n'B (Fuss and Bother) about the Shoalwater Bay Yacht Club Sign at the Taylor Hotel building in Ocean Park... it has totally disappeared.  Gone!  I did a drive-by today to check it out and ... not a trace.  But their website is...

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Kuzzin Kris and Cuzzin Ralph Weigh In

Kuzzin Kris and Cuzzin Ralph Weigh In

Why was I not surprised?  Interestingly (but not at all surprisingly), the only folks to weigh in on Saturday's Daybook entry concerning the Shoalwater Bay Yacht Club were Kuzzin Kris and Cuzzin Ralph. Perhaps they, both being connected to the...

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Wow! Really? Karl Marlantes??

Wow! Really? Karl Marlantes??

If you read Deep River, you know who Karl Marlantes is.  If you didn't,  stop reading this and get back to it AFTER you've read (preferably) Deep River (2019) which is about our area or, perhaps, Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (2010) which...

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Snow, Rain, Sun Flurries — it’s March!

Snow, Rain, Sun Flurries — it’s March!

Well, if the 24th of this month means we're heading out of it, I hardly think it's very lamb-like.  I guess with all this climate change biz, you poets had better get busy creating new words to live by.  The old standbys aren't working any more....

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On Being Politically Correct… Or Not

On Being Politically Correct… Or Not

I guess it's a given these days that historical research is automatically on a collision course with political correctness.  As I see it, though, you can't have it both ways.  If you are trying for historical accuracy, I don't see any way to be PC...

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What a great title, Jim Tweedie!

What a great title, Jim Tweedie!

You know, there are some things about this aging process that don't bear thinking about.  Like the wonky ways of one's memory. Some years ago, Jim Tweedie asked me if I'd be willing to read a draft of his first book and, perhaps, write a foreword...

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