The occasion for this letter is the departure of two of our much loved pastors on the Plateau. Bruce Thweat and Peter Little will soon be leaving their churches here to pursue other ministry.
I have few confessions to make. First, I need to confess that I’ve messed up. I’m aiming for the middle of the road here, a practical confession. By “middle of the road,” I mean that I want to avoid the extreme of excusing myself (Hey, I only acted on natural impulses, right?), while also avoiding the other extreme of burying myself in self-condemnation (a.k.a. “I’ll never be able to get anything right!”). It’s striking how quickly these childish responses can step in to divert my path away from effective confession.
Some thoughts after reading the City Council workshop meeting notes of May 2, 2015. Notes regarding the Thomas farm property located next to state Route 410 on the outskirts of Enumclaw. There was another meeting on July 6 regarding this same purpose. People could attend the meeting but there was no opportunity to comment, hence this letter to the editor.
I started to notice my mother changing around two years ago. They were small things – she’d forgotten the time or what day we had plans to go out. It wasn’t until we really started looking into her life that we realized how bad it was getting. She was forgetting to pay her bills, couldn’t remember to clean out the fridge, and maybe most frightening of all, she couldn’t keep track of her destination while she was driving.
The recent hot, dry weather is causing many lawns to turn brown earlier than usual. Watering decisions are often complicated because most landscapes contain shallow-rooted lawns and flower beds as well as more deeply-rooted trees and shrubs.
I don’t remember when the writings of Solomon, son of David, king of ancient Israel, began to have such a strong appeal to me, but it was at some point in my late teens. And I still probe the proverbs of Solomon to this day.
Freedom is one of our most cherished privileges – and it should be – since most of the history of the world has been a sequence of one ruler after another who claimed by right of force the power of life and death over all other people. In fact, the cultures that denied the “right of kings” to rule over all others were few and often short-lived.
We are embarking on another summer and will undoubtedly be experiencing the best of what Western Washington has to offer. These are the days that we don’t like to tell non-Washingtonians about; we would be content if they kept on believing that we exist in constant drizzle and dreary days as they continue their journey through and not permanently to our state.
There are two things in life you can’t do alone - one is to be married and the other is to be a Christian.
The health benefits of daily exercise are widely known, but seniors facing health and mobility issues may feel working out is beyond their abilities. Sixty-three percent of people 60 and older don’t engage in daily exercise, according to the National Council on Aging’s “The United States of Aging” survey.
Relationships are important. As human beings, we are meant to be in relationship with one another. We have family members, significant others, close friends. Even for persons who tend to be introverts, there are times when the need to be with others is still a necessity.
It’s been 37 years since Kermit the Frog sang “It’s not easy being green” on the Muppet Show. Unfortunately for felt puppets and environmental enthusiasts, not much has changed since the 70s - “being green” is still a difficult thing to be.
During the past few months the Plateau has seen far too many horrific accidents and witnessed too many tragedies. Some have been high profile. At the same time it is certain that there are many others which have flown under the public’s radar, yet have been just as painful and devastating for the individuals and families involved.
A television commercial featured a young man experiencing an inner struggle. He was from a country where arranged marriages are common, but having lived in the United States, he was uncertain about the merits of this custom. But it was expected.
There’s something hypnotic about a campfire. The snap-crackle-pop of seasoned wood, the unmistakable smell of wafting smoke and the rhythmic dance of flames in the darkness. But the warm glow of the firelight is just part of the allure surrounding the camping experience, a lifestyle that pulls millions of Americans from the comfort of their recliners into the less-comfortable – but much more appealing – outdoors.
Our busy lives often require companion animals to spend long hours at home alone. Some pets handle this separation well, while others experience increased stress. How we prepare, or don’t prepare, our pets for our departure will have a huge impact on our pet’s experience.
Too much or not enough water and never when you need it. That seems to be the long time plight of gardeners.
Do you bring reusable tote bags with you to the farmer’s market and program your thermostat to a lower temperature when you’re out on the town or sleeping? Is a hybrid car parked in your garage? Even if you are already making great strides to reduce your environmental footprint, chances are you can still find additional ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Grooming is an excellent time to bond with your cat or dog. It is also an opportunity to monitor their physical health as well as appearance. Daily or weekly grooming allows you to check your pet’s skin for abnormal growths, fleas, ticks, dryness and skin irritations. Brushing stimulates the natural oils in their coat and gives it a healthy shine.
Age doesn’t have to stop older men and women from enjoying their favorite sports. In fact, remaining active can improve physical and mental health. If a doctor has confirmed that it is OK to participate in sports, these activities can help men and women 50 and older enjoy friendly competition and physical activity.