Life

Sometimes God’s will gets tested

I’m reading this passage that says “accept all authority – the king as head of state and the officials he has appointed…It is God’s will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you” while I’m waiting for the final inspection by the electrical inspector. So when she comes in and starts taking off all the covers, getting out the ladder and climbing up in the crawl space, looking behind the panels and being incredibly thorough, the electrician looks at me with a kind of worried expression on his face and whispers, “man, she’s tough.” And I’m fine with that because I’m not the electrician.

  • Feb 16, 2009

A Happy Valentine’s Day

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  • Feb 16, 2009

Alaskan wilderness adventure provides beautiful memories to last a lifetime

It was late in the day and the marshlands stretched for miles, with shallow channels leading in numerous directions, draining away the last of the salt water before low tide. Trudging across the mud flats, my kayak sliding easily behind me on the slick surface, I kept my mind on high alert. I’m tired and alone. Cold and hungry. Can’t make any mistakes here. The Forest Service cabin peeked above the tall grass and after 10 hours of steady paddling through rainsqualls, the cabin, with a woodstove and dry wood, was all I craved for the day’s efforts.

Stroke warning signs are easily detected

Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when bloodflow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot or piece of plaque blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).

The Compleat Home Gardener Marianne Binetti Pre-spring planting is something gardeners can dig

Marianne Binetti will speak at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, 10 a.m. Saturday on “New Plants for Old Gardens” and at 2 p.m. Sunday on “Garden Thunder from Down Under.” The show is at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. For more information go to www.gardenshow.com.

Belly dancers bring art form to Sumner

There was a whole lotta’ shakin’ going on Feb. 11 when Zemirah and her fellow belly dancers jingled and shook the afternoon away at the Sumner Senior Center.

Knit-Pickers provide warmth through homemade blankets

If Leila Miller and her fellow Knit-Pickers get their way, no sick children or traumatized family members will ever have to face life’s most difficult moments without the warmth of a homemade blanket.

Volunteers extend help to Sumner’s oldest employee

Bette Western lived through a nightmare Jan. 7 after the rising waters of the Puyallup River raced over a barricade of sandbags, destroyed her Sumner apartment and forced her to seek temporary shelter until a new residence could be located.

Tests, exercise and eating well are important Step Out With Seniors Mary Andrews

If you watched the news on Channel 4 Feb. 6, you noticed that all the women wore red dresses and the men red ties. They were celebrating “Go Red for Women Day” sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Self-improvement and resolutions solved with gardening

Marianne Binetti will speak at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, 10 a.m. Feb. 21 on “New Plants for Old Gardens” and at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 on “Garden Thunder from Down Under.” The show is at the Washington State Convention Center at Seventh and Pike in downtown Seattle. For more information go to www.gardenshow.com.

Authors savors sweetness in relationships

“Remember the Sweet Things” by Ellen Greene, c. 2009, William Morrow, $19.95, 288 pages.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Violin students perform

The students of violin teacher Ruth Dirks were featured in a winter recital Jan. 26 at the Enumclaw Church of the Nazarene. Each violinist worked hard to prepare for the recital so they could share their piece with family and friends.

  • Feb 10, 2009

Violinist offering Saturday concert

Seattle violinist, Geoffrey Castle is pulling out the stops for his show in Enumclaw at the fieldhouse Saturday.

  • Feb 10, 2009

The answer to many of the new year’s resolutions can be found in gardening

Marianne Binetti will speak at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, 10 a.m. Feb. 21 on “New Plants for Old Gardens” and at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 on “Garden Thunder from Down Under.” The show is at the Washington State Convention Center at Seventh and Pike in downtown Seattle. For more information go to www.gardenshow.com.

  • Feb 9, 2009

Windmill provides power for Plateau home

Josh Hulburt, the owner of a 20-acre parcel on Warner Avenue just east off state Route 410 in Enumclaw, has successfully installed a 35-foot tall Skystream 3.7 wind turbine. He has been interested in renewal energy for many years and he saw the wind turbine as great opportunity to utilize Enumclaw wind. Although the turbine has only been operational for a few weeks, the output looks very promising and profitable.

Stock up the pantry for every day and emergency

Do you have enough food at home to feed your family if a storm came in or for a short-term layoff from work? Have you gone to the store and seen how fast it is cleaned out during a storm warning or when the major highways are closed due to weather? Having some extra food in your home can bring peace of mind and security during stressful situations. It is like having insurance – the kind you can really use. Going to the store can be your option, if you have your pantry full. The option of going to the store saves me time and money every month.

Pruning fruit trees now helps with summer production

Hopefully, we can put the sandbags and snow shovels away and turn our attention to other tasks around the house – such as our landscapes. Yes, pruning season is upon us. So it is time to break out the pruners, saws and first aid kits.

Constipation in children is a tough topic to tackle

Constipation in children can be frustrating and concerning for parents and kids. The Pediatric Gastroenterology Program at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center offers some helpful information for parents to better understand what causes it and what can be done to treat the condition.

Enumclaw High School students perform with PLU Honors Band

Pierce Beigh, Naomi Eide and Gregory Rufener performed in the Pacific Lutheran University’s Northwest High School Honors Band.

  • Feb 3, 2009