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The COVID pit in my stomach | Moment's Notice

There is a pit in my stomach. A pit of nervousness and worry and sadness that I wake up with every morning and carry around with me. I have felt this pit before, when my brother died suddenly or when...

 

Paranoid or just sane? | Moment's Notice

My mom called today quite excited because a friend had taken her three mini-hand sanitizers on carabiners. She had recently been to the drug store and several other stores to find sanitizer but found...

 

If you can keep it (#whatBensaid) | Moment's Notice

The Washington state presidential primary ballots arrived in the mail this past week, giving us the opportunity to vote to determine who will be on the top of the tickets in November for the office of...

 

Who do you know? | Moment's Notice

Yesterday, my mom forwarded an email from a good friend of my dad’s saying, “This brought back memories.” The message recalled a visit here that included a three-hour drive from Vancouver,...

 

Going backwards with country music | Moment's Notice

Have you heard the old joke about country music? Q: What do you get when you play a country song backwards? A: You get your house back, you get your dog back, your wife back, your truck back … A...

 

'The world is not going to end' | Moment's Notice

As I prepared to write my first Moment’s Notice column for 2020, a new decade, I thought I would ask my beloved 12-year-old goddaughter what I should write about. Olivia is a writer herself, and und...

 

2020: Unending expectation | Moment's Notice

“One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” — The Grinch What a year! We have not yet celebrated the holidays, and talk has already turned to 2020. Perhaps people are tired of...

 

The gorgeous irony of optimism | Moment's Notice

“I am so far from being a pessimist … on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life”—Eugene O’Neill Ah, thankfulness. Most of us likely spent the Thanksgiving weekend...

 

A moment to notice | Moment's Notice

Moment n. A moment is a particular point in time, a moment you remember forever. A moment is a short, but unspecified, amount of time. Moment also means "importance." When I first started this column,...

 

Hope against (no) hope | Moment's Notice

Hope (noun). Grounds for believing that something good may happen. A feeling of desire for a certain thing to happen. Last week, my husband and I were having one of those wide-ranging discussions you...

 

Saying goodbye | Moment's Notice

On a sunny August morning a few decades ago, my brother and I stood in front of several friends as we prepared to get into the family station wagon and drive to our new home more than 2,000 miles...

 

Lessons from writers in Edmonds | Moment's Notice

Professional or academic conferences – they bring to mind-sprawling convention centers, lanyards and nametags, buffet meals, and uncomfortable conference chairs. Over the years, however, we are...

 

Breakfast … in an ordinary world | Moment's Notice

Breakfast, especially Sunday breakfast, is the highlight of my week. My dad and I used to talk about how lucky we were because when we went to bed at night, we knew we would start the next day gratefu...

 

A town and its dogs | Moment's Notice

The phrase "a boy and his dog" has been adapted and expanded in a number of ways over the decades. In all its forms, though, such a simple phrase embodies so much. It indicates the mutual benefit of t...

 

Climate change: Fight the power | Moment's Notice

Talking with my uncle this past weekend, we covered the usual subjects ... family, outings with friends, current events. Despite a lot going on with family and that he is reviewing the final draft of...

 

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