by Carol Riley, Staff Writer

January. The first month of a new year filled with the promise of new beginnings. I always feel a little thrill of excitement and anticipation of what the year will bring, and because this is a column about food, I get excited about what is available in the markets for January.

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One of the Great Benefits of Being Retired: Travel

By by Tim Rensema, Staff Writer

Uluru at Sunset
by Tim Rensema

Covid-19 delayed our trip to Australia by two years, but we finally made it there in October. We travelled on a Roads Scholar tour called An Australian Odyssey that took us from “Melbin” (as Australians pronounce Melbourne) to Alice Springs and Uluru, to “Cans” (Cairns), and finishing up in Sydney. Road Scholar, unlike many other tour groups, is a nonprofit organization, with an emphasis on education.

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Staff Bucket List for 2023

Donna Geer

What’s on my bucket list for 2023? I’m going to finish writing that book I expected to complete two months ago, memorize musical notations so I can learn to play the fiddle gathering dust in my closet and maybe learn Spanish by actually reading some of the language books languishing in my office. Maybe I’ll learn to be more tolerant of political views different than mine, though that may take more strength than I can muster!

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A Christmas Story

by Milt Lum, Staff writer

Char laid out a single strand of green and red miniature LED Christmas lights on the faux mantel piece as her one concession to the holiday season. The assisted living facility to which she had moved had decorated everywhere outside of her room. She was not cynical about nor Scrooge-like in her approach to Christmas, but this holiday was too closely associated with losses in her life.

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A Christmas Birthday for Mother

by Eline Lybarger, Staff Writer

Mother moved with us to Port Ludlow in October of 1996 and quickly made friends while, at age 80, she learned to play bridge. Her birthday was December 23, so I decided to give her a bridge birthday party. The house was decorated from floor to ceiling, with a 10-foot tree the star attraction. There were four tables with score cards, two decks of new playing cards, and nibbles at each corner. Tea sandwiches, coffee, tea, cold drinks, and birthday cake were ready for the break.

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