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Wendell George | The pope shook my hand

The brightly lit arena seemed to brighten even more as the pope entered to a wall of applause. I had managed to finagle a seat about 10 rows back from the stage. I sat next to some nuns and about 40 bishops with their zucchetto clerical skull caps. We were told to remain at our seats but when the pope came around the nun next to me grabbed my arm and said “come on!” and we went up to the retaining rope. I shook hands with the pope and felt ...
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Suzanne Tomassi | An avian adventure

In a few weeks, I head off for the first field season in my new position managing the avian studies at Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC) in Sabah, Malaysia (on the island of Borneo). I’m starting this blog both to keep a record for myself and to share photos and stories with interested friends and fellow ornithologists and bird nerds.
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Kelli Scott | A forum for all voices

Regular readers of this newspaper’s Safety Valve section may have noticed that relatively few letters to the editor are signed with Spanish surnames. But take a look at The World’s Facebook page and you will see Latinos from across North Central Washington weighing in on almost everything we post.
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Grant England | Introducing Youth United

Hello, Wenatchee! My name is Grant England. I am an Americorps VISTA with United Way and the new program coordinator for Youth United. VISTAs commit a year of their time to address poverty by building the capacity of their sponsoring organization, in my case by assisting with United Way’s Youth United program. Youth United focuses on involving students in grades 6-12 in volunteer work, to strengthen themselves and their communities. Middle school students sign up for our Youth Engaged in Service program, where they work toward completing 75 hours of ...
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Kelli Scott | Dating in the digital age

There is a scene in the romantic comedy classic “When Harry Met Sally” that goes like this: A happily-coupled man and woman hang up their telephones after listening to the dating drama of two single friends and the woman turns to the man and says: “Tell me I’ll never have to be out there again.” That was in 1989, before texting, sexting, online chatting, Facebook relationship status updating, Match.com, FarmersOnly.com and that monster of random, embarrassing information collection called Google.
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Joy Jasinek | Art on the Avenues expanding Horizons

As the Art on the Avenues sculpture exhibit continues its transformation, some visiting sculptures make their exit and new visitors replace them. Through a series of fortunate events last week, however, one of the visiting sculptures scheduled to leave found a permanent home at Pangborn Memorial Airport.
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Mary Rea | A chore thing

In Mazama, the day comes when the light coming through the front windows changes. The sun has gotten higher in the sky and shifted to the south a little. It’s a sure sign of spring, but it also illuminates another sad fact: my windows are as filthy as sin.