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Susan Sampson | Close encounter with a 'Robotic' Owl

I live in a subdivision of some 200 houses that surround an irrigation reservoir called “Lake Cortez.” Two lots fronting the lake have been retained by our Homeowners Association for use by the members. One lot is a groomed lawn with a picnic table and bench. The other grows only thistles and weeds, except the edge near the water supports a grove of willows, cottonwoods, and maples. I usually stop there during my daily walk, to watch for wildlife. I’ve seen as much as could be expected on a neighborhood ...
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Greg Asimakoupoulos | The slippery slope of common ground

I recently traveled to Greece with my wife and daughters. A highlight of the trip was spending a day in Athens walking among the Parthenon and other temple ruins atop the Acropolis. In addition to the incredible view that vista provides of modern day Athens, the ancient pillars provide a historical perspective of the architectural genus that punctuated the civilization that gave the world democracy.
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Chris Rader | Simple things entertained our ancestors

Recreation has become a hundred-billion-dollar industry today, as people enjoy more leisure time and disposable income. This was not the case a century ago! Early settlers in North Central Washington spent little and worked hard all year around: building homes and furniture, caring for livestock and gardens, laundering clothes with water heated on the wood stove, and so on. Even children helped every day with housework and farm animals, weeding, carrying water, cutting grain, and whatever their parents decreed. 
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Hillary Schwirtlich | Go with the flow

It’s starting to get hot outside, which means families are flocking to rivers and lakes to beat the heat. When temperatures rise into the 80s, all my hikes end in places to swim. Spending time at the lake or river with your kids can be fun — and it can also help them improve their understanding of how the world works. So the next time your kids look like they’re searching for something to do, try some of these activities to help them learn more about rivers, lakes, and our ...
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Darold Wax | Mansfieldʼs beginnings: Memoir tells the story

1776 by most measures was a notable year in America. The Declaration of Independence alone made it so. Jeffersonʼs achievement, however, had been preceded by Thomas Paineʼs influential pamphlet “Common Sense”, which presented the case for independence. Marshaling the evidence in support of separation, Paine authored Americaʼs first best-seller.