This month marks the 90th anniversary of an event that put my hometown on the map (literally). On Oct. 3, 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon took off from Misawa, Aomori, Japan, flying 4,500 miles in 41 hours before safely landing near present-day Fancher Heights in East Wenatchee on Oct. 5.

When I was a graduate student, one of the parenting memes then emerging from within the mental health professional community had it that “children deserved explanations.” The flip side of that very progressive notion was that parents should never say “Because I said so” in response to “Why?”…

Q. What would family court think of my ex, a mother who prompted our separation (we were never married, but have two children together) and then three months later proceeds to move in with my brother? What’s good ex-etiquette about that?

It’s all over the web, that “grit” thing. Seems like every day, I get some promo for a webinar on how to get more grit, project more grit, or get in touch with your inner grit. So allow me to enlighten the reader on how to help your child acquire grit.

Q. I have a bonus family. My husband has two kids and I have two kids. We’ve added a son three years ago. We have tried your suggestion of a family discussion to air differences, but things seem to spin out of control. What’s good ex-etiquette?

Recently I was reflecting on where I was and what I was doing when I learned of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. For whatever reason, I added 9 and 11 in my head. I had never thought to total those two familiar numbers before. But this year the sum total is most app…

Dear Mr. Dad: A few years ago, a friend sent me a column of yours that dealt with the issue of gender identity and sexual orientation and pronouns. I didn’t pay much attention to it then, but everyone at my office is now announcing their “preferred pronouns” in their email signatures and my …

These qualities are the ones we all wish for in a true friendship. If you have found someone who brings them to your relationship, I wish you a lifetime of mutual support and great times, because you both deserve it.

As someone who views hundreds or maybe even thousands of dating profiles per week — yes, seriously — I know a thing or two about a good photo. I know even more about a bad pic... and how one seemingly deceptive photo can turn into a left swipe faster than you can say, “Why doesn’t this perso…

When kids head back to school this fall, for some it will be the first time they’ve been in a real classroom with other students since the pandemic began. Even if they attended classes in person last year, the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 will require a new sa…

My son Milo’s biology teacher tugged at his floppy ears two years ago and said, “This is genetics. How did you get these ears?” “I got them from my father,” Milo said. “But your father’s ears aren’t like yours,” she said. About all that beats genetics is plastic surgery. When I was 4 years o…

It seems to be generally true that as one gets older, the habit of reminiscing develops. Looking back seems to be a function of getting closer to the final curtain. The closer the latter, the more of the former in which one indulges. In that regard, I indulge in an optimistic amount.

Our journey through life is marked by milestones. This year my progress on the road that leads to the future has been slowed a bit by acknowledging several such milestones. For one thing, 2021 has been the year of anniversaries.

I was visiting my hometown and staying with my mother. I arrived at the Kent post office right at 8 a.m. on a Saturday in June, only to learn that it opened at 8:30 a.m. I needed to pick up some important mail but that is not what this story is about. This story is about what happened while …

Seventy-five years ago this month Hollywood director Frank Capra was filming “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Bedford Falls. Did you know an increasing number of movie buffs believe that Bedford Falls, the fictional town Capra created for his timeless Christmas classic, was based on Seneca Falls i…

Q. I’m getting married in a year but I’m starting the preparations now. I’m at a loss how to handle walking down the aisle. I have a dad and a bonusdad I love. Although they get along great, I think it will really upset my dad if I ask them both to walk with me. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s…

One day during the height of the pandemic, I had a very busy day that got even busier when our dishwasher broke down. I had to find a repair person who could rebuild it, as new parts were not to be found. Also our car was in the shop, and I had a full day of clients and interviews to contend with.

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m in my 60s and have been thinking about retiring from the small-ish company that my great-grandfather founded nearly 100 years (I’m the CEO). We made it through the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’ve been thinking a lot about retiring and bringing my adult children in to learn the …

Several columns past, I took to my bully pulpit and excoriated men who are married with children for being fathers first and husbands a distant second (maybe even third behind sports fans). My point, for those of you who are behind the curve here, is that children don’t need fathers who are …

I remember my mother calling me in from play, usually to do chores. I’d ignore the first couple of calls, because they challenged my desire to live life on my terms. Then I’d give in and show up at home.

WENATCHEE — Greg White has been selected as bishop for the Mission Ridge congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The congregation’s boundaries encompass all of south Wenatchee, along with the Malaga area.

Dear class, congratulations on surviving the coronavirus pandemic. In many ways you are like a graduating class in high school. You’ve proved yourselves. You’ve passed the test. You’ve made the grade. Yes, you have every right to feel a sense of accomplishment.

As we continue to navigate the current emotional landscape of living through a global pandemic, most people are feeling that their valleys are way outnumbering their peaks. It is still hard to relax, feel balanced and find some happiness, with all this pain and fear going on around us. Learn…

There were very few silver linings to the past year of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but one was this: People stopped using the “I’m not feeling well” line to get out of everything from work and Zoom calls with friends to, of course, dates.