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Tossing plastic grocery bags and replacing them with reusable cloth ones

Plenty of ways to save money and the planet can be found in a home’s kitchen

We all need to eat – so why not start in the kitchen?

  • Jan 13, 2009
Tossing plastic grocery bags and replacing them with reusable cloth ones

The weather it is a-changin’ and it may be part of global warming

As my spine begged for mercy after another day recently spent shoveling snow, I asked myself a simple question you may have asked, too. If the climate is changing, why do I need a snow shovel to dig out my driveway? The answer may surprise you.

  • Jan 13, 2009

“Buffalo” a treat for those hunting down a good read

“American Buffalo” by Steven Rinella, c.2008, Spiegel & Grau, $24.95, 278 pages, includes notes.

  • Jan 6, 2009
Babies born prematurely at 35 weeks or earlier

Respiratory illness can begin with a cold | Column

Cold and flu season is here and some of our most vulnerable are at risk of contracting respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Dr. Fadi Aljabi, with MultiCare’s Mary Bridge Pediatric Care at Good Samaritan, helps parents understand this infection and how they can help their little one feel better.

Babies born prematurely at 35 weeks or earlier
Babies born prematurely at 35 weeks or earlier

Respiratory illness can begin with a cold

Cold and flu season is here and some of our most vulnerable are at risk of contracting respiratory syncytial virus, a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Dr. Fadi Aljabi, with MultiCare’s Mary Bridge Pediatric Care at Good Samaritan, helps parents understand this infection and how they can help their little one feel better.

  • Jan 6, 2009
Babies born prematurely at 35 weeks or earlier
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Lessons learned from mom continue to serve us well

By the end of 2009, I will have lived more of my life without my mom than with her. She died of cancer in the mid-1980s. Her ability to teach and educate still exceeds anything I have ever experienced in my life so far. I continue to draw on the lessons I learned from her.

  • Jan 5, 2009

Winter freeze will send some plants to the compost pile

Snow, ice and cold, oh my! So what has the freezing weather done to your plants? I know this much for sure – some are dead, some are fine and some will survive only after you cut them back and allow them to regrow from the roots. What I can’t say for sure is what plants will be reborn in the spring and what plants will be compost.

  • Jan 5, 2009

A new year provides the opportunity to do everything just a little bit better

Happy New Year! After all the snow and wind, the economic meltdown and the political messes (and aren’t you thankful they don’t all belong to us here?) I am pleasantly surprised to find myself looking forward to this new year. I admit I tend to be optimistic, but I am definitely not Pollyanna. Still, I find that each new year gives me one more chance to do a little better than I did last year. It reminds me that even if things have fallen apart, life goes on and I still have the chance to try again. It reminds me of how God’s grace is like a new year – it tells me that this day is still in front of me, it isn’t over and I am not done yet. I have a new year to live in and to try to use a little better than the last one. I’m not out of time yet, so I can still pursue the things that matter most.

  • Jan 5, 2009

Books can cook up ways to get kids to eat better foods

Well, it’s the beginning of another new year and in spite of a less-than-promising track record, many of us have made resolutions to change the way we live and to make those changes last beyond the first week of January. Without a doubt, the most common resolution has to do with our diet. Whether you are trying to lose those few extra pounds or just trying to include more vegetables and fruits in our daily diet, getting your whole family on board is essential to your success and to your family’s good health. If your kids are anything like mine, this is no easy task.

  • Jan 5, 2009

Books can cook up ways to get kids to eat new foods

Well, it’s the beginning of another new year and in spite of a less-than-promising track record, many of us have made resolutions to change the way we live and to make those changes last beyond the first week of January. Without a doubt, the most common resolution has to do with our diet. Whether you are trying to lose those few extra pounds or just trying to include more vegetables and fruits in our daily diet, getting your whole family on board is essential to your success and to your family’s good health. If your kids are anything like mine, this is no easy task.

These Crestwood Elementary School students are eager to learn.

School success starts before a child enters class

Success in school starts long before a child enters the classroom. We know that families lay the foundation for all future learning by spending time with their child, doing lots of talking and reading stories aloud. But families often wonder what a typical 5-year-old knows, or should know, the first day of school. There are readiness skills for kindergarten, which are not requirements, but learning goals. Not every child will hit every goal – a child may be high on some skills and low on others, but what we do know is children who are taught these skills at home by their families get off to a great start at school. Studies show that student who start ahead, stay ahead, year after year.

These Crestwood Elementary School students are eager to learn.

‘Breakfast at Sally’s’ a hearty helping of holiday feel-good | Book Review

Can a small handful of pennies make a difference? You wonder as you dump them into the kettle for the bell-ringer standing just outside the doorway of the store where you finished Christmas shopping. It was cold, but she seemed happy as she jingled and thanked everyone for their change.

Losing weight and getting in shape makes many resoluti

Losing weight and getting in shape makes many resolution lists. In this area there are plenty of gyms, swimming pools, yoga and pilates

  • Dec 30, 2008

City of Sumner is included in a list of my favorite things

All right, I admit it. I’m a fan of old movies, especially musicals. As 2008 draws to a close and I reflect back on the great things that happened this year in Sumner, Julie Andrews and “The Sound of Music” come to mind. So I thought I’d make a list of “my” 2008 favorite things to share.

Library offers program

The Pierce County Library System will feature the best-selling book, “Three Cups of Tea” by authors Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin as the 2009 Pierce County READS event.

City of Sumner is included in a list of my favorite things

All right, I admit it. I’m a fan of old movies, especially musicals. As 2008 draws to a close and I reflect back on the great things that happened this year in Sumner, Julie Andrews and “The Sound of Music” come to mind. So I thought I’d make a list of “my” 2008 favorite things to share.

‘Clinch Knot’ aims to reel in mystery fans

“The Clinch Knot” by John Galligan, c.2008, Bleak House Books, $14.95 paperback, $24.95 hardcover, 328 pages.

  • Dec 23, 2008

Bead art will be featured as part of city’s Gallery 2009

“The Magic of Beads,” a jewelry exhibit by local artist Sylvia Hillberg, opens the Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2009 Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 3.

  • Dec 23, 2008
Elise Dunning aced the homeschool spelling bee.

Enumclaw student wins homeschoolers’ regional spelling bee

It was a bittersweet victory for Elise Dunning at the Highline Homeschool Center 2008-09 Spelling Bee in Burien Dec. 11.

  • Dec 23, 2008
Elise Dunning aced the homeschool spelling bee.