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During August I spent two weeks in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area helping my daughter move. I feel like I have seen every stretch of freeway between Baltimore and College Park, Maryland, several times over!

I have always thought that Thomas Crapper invented the toilet, but he didn’t. John Harington invented the flushing toilet in 1596 and several others improved upon it. But Crapper owned a company whose insignia included his last name, and he also was the first to promote sanitary plumbing whe…

July is crabbing month in Warm Beach. I cannot remember a year when I haven’t gone crabbing with my mom and dad, and now my husband. It’s a ritual everyone in Warm Beach (and all the beaches on Port Susan and Saratoga Passage) share.

Whenever my parents heard a Benny Goodman or Andrews Sisters song, they would look at each other, with twinkles in their eyes only for each other, rise up together from their chairs, and start dancing.

There are four deaths that have shaken me, with seismic force, to the core. Four that brought tears at the moment I found out about the loss. Only four.

I hate to fly. The only reason I get on a plane is that flying is the fastest way to go from Point A to Point B.

Stress does strange things to me.  Honestly, I lose brain cells.

The end of this school year marks the end of an era at Stanwood High School. I call it “The Taylor Era,” the years when Brenda Culbertson Taylor taught, 1978 to 2014. I remember the day Brenda came to SHS. We were all somewhat transfixed by her enthusiasm and beauty.

When I was in college, I met a man named Brian who frequented the Evergreen Room at the University of Washington, a place many commuters met to spend time in between classes. Someone asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and without missing a beat, he said, “Peter Pan.”

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