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Paul Townsend

Michael Kerry

What might we learn when we witness the suffering of others? Do we learn that some persons appear to not “suffer” well, while others seem to endure their suffering patiently?

The question should be what do we know about the suffering of others when we have not personally suffered what they have suffered?

What do we learn about ourselves when we must forego suffering? How well or poorly do we bear suffering? Continue reading

A smile to hide the nervousness

I looked forward to my very first day of school with mixed emotions. It was 1957, summer was over, and days of aimless fun were coming to an end. On the other hand, there was excitement about that big complex of brick buildings four crosswalks from our house, Hillview Crest Elementary School. Finally, there was the trepidation that every youngster feels about leaving the parental nest and facing up to the responsibilities of being an American student.

I don’t think I slept a wink that Sunday night. What would my teacher be like, my classmates? I’d only known family playmates, like my own cousins, or kids that lived on my own block. On Monday morning I’d be thrown in with the children of society at large, and the institution of compulsory education. I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Giant Tea Kettle

As many of our readers know, my husband Frank was “born in South Boston in a 3-decker flat;” and after we married and had four children, we moved to Wrentham, Massachusetts and, of course, visited Boston’s downtown area on many occasions. Boston’s colorful history is the stuff of books and legends. Many of the city’s landmarks are well known. There are the stops along the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’s house, The Old North Church, The Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution, just to name a few.

Then, there is the Golden Teapot on Court Street that hangs above what is now a Starbucks coffee shop. Continue reading

Okay, we all know (we women, that is!) that the best medicine for daily frustrations and/or ongoing drama in the family that is wearing us out is “SHOE SHOPPING!” There are many reasons for this. One can shoe shop without fear of “sizing up,” weight gain or complexion breakouts. Our feet are just that, “our feet” and the cut of the shoe or height of the heel isn’t our fault! There is no hiding in dressing rooms. There are no worries about shoes “making us look fat.” In fact, if you have just had a pedicure you can show it off in between try-ons! And, the women sitting around you will go green with envy, since they are overdue for such pampering. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Note: this is the first in a series of columns written to explain the theme “Everything you’ve heard about the Constitution is wrong.” I’m starting this series in honor of the Constitution, which had its 230th birthday on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

An obviously distressed young female student came into the office of Cornell’s lead Title IX investigator in the fall of 2015. The woman had come in the hopes that Elizabeth McGrath could ease her anguish.

Something terrible had happened to this student that same day, something that had “triggered” an intense emotional reaction inside her; something “oppressive” had happened that left her shaken and in need of urgent help. Continue reading

Moving to a tiny town in the hills of West Virginia took me out of the loop for about a month – no TV or internet with horrible cell phone service and too much static on the radio to listen to Rush. Upon finally getting back on line, I learned that the airways have been dominated by a bunch of scumbag haters calling themselves Antifa.

I’m a black original member of the Tea Party movement, singer/songwriter of the “American Tea Party Anthem.” http://bit.ly/2lr3JZX Outrageously, fake news media grants respect to Antifa, which is boldly and arrogantly inciting hate and engaging in violence which fake news media falsely accused the Tea Party of doing. Fake news media’s insidious deception is the epitome of evil. Continue reading

Walking Man Brewing & Hawk Merlin Studios Host Event September 16th

Walking Man Brewing and Hawk Merlin Studios in Stevenson, WA will host a benefit concert on Saturday, September 16th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The concert will feature Julie Amici performing on the beer garden stage at the brewery. The goal is to raise funds for the Stevenson Volunteer Firefighters Association and the volunteer emergency response teams, Wind River Search and Rescue and the Crag Rats of Hood River County.  Continue reading

Grandparents: “Making the world a little kinder..

National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day in the United States—this year that will be September 10th.

Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

The official flower to commemorate this day is the “forget-me-not.” Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

No more hot dogs
No more s’mores
No more extra summer chores

If there’s an end-of-school chant, shouldn’t there be one for back-to-school too? Not just for kids but also for the many adults headed back to school as well. As we move gently to cooler weather, which sends us to sleep sooner and less time outdoors and also less exercise, we need to think of boosting our immunity. Continue reading

By Delia Lopez

I know it’s hot and this is the last thing you really want to think about; but now is the time to consider your winter garden. Many people are what I call summer gardeners, and that is a lot of fun, and great exercise. If you play your cards right, gardening can save you a lot of money while improving your health! Talk about a win-win situation! The fact remains, when the heat is on, few of us think about starting seeds. Continue reading

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