Category Archives: luxury of time

How to start the summer

What’s your idea of a good way to kick off the summer? I know that summer is supposed to be lazy, the period when you kick back, read a good book and daydream. That, however is the summer of myth. … Continue reading

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Tulalip tribes Cultural Center is welcome newcomer to area

What a joy to discover a great new museum in my backyard!  The Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center opened in August.  A friend got an early peek when invited to tour with a party of blogger journalists.  She reported that it was … Continue reading

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How do we spend our days?

People who are nearing retirement either dream of or fret about the time when they will have eight extra hours a day to take it easy.  A friend just sent me a recent report that should dishearten the dreamers and … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the past year

The local public schools are closed for the summer, and since that’s where I spent much of my career, I’m reminded that it’s been about a year since I retired.  Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my first year away from … Continue reading

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“Corpse flower” allures more than insects

Standing in line for a 30-minute wait outside a greenhouse on the University of Washington campus, I started preparing myself mentally for the odor that would envelop me once I got inside.  Yes, odor.  I was about to enter the … Continue reading

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Other people’s diaries

Other people’s diaries are often more interesting than our own.  I drew this conclusion recently after reading a summary by my friend Walter, professor emeritus, expert on Ottoman poetry and speaker of many languages, based on diaries he recently obtained and … Continue reading

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Reality summed up in a walk

I went on a neighborhood walk this morning, where I first saw this carpet of petals and blossoms.  A few blocks beyond, a woman pushing a child in a stroller smiled when she saw what I had managed to appropriate … Continue reading

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Tulipmania

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website boasts that one million people a year attend this event every April.  I believe they all came today.  Who can blame people for wanting to take a road trip on this, the warmest, sunniest … Continue reading

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The mysteries of Mahjong

The domino-shaped plastic tiles, yellowed from age, made clicking sounds as we arranged them in a square, rows of 18 on each side with two layers stacked on top of each other.  The set of tiles came from eBay, the one … Continue reading

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My Spanish teacher, Eva Luna

Eva Luna, the lead character of a telenovela, not the heroine in the Isabel Allende novel, is my current teacher for keeping my Spanish alive, now that I’m not working and am spending less time with native Spanish speakers.  A … Continue reading

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