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Vashon Vision: Future Found in a File Cabinet

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Cleaning House, Finding Treasures Ah, the new year, a time to fall in line with my better self and ponder the things I plan to do, change, rectify and/or discard in my life. Nothing...

A Recipe for Bread and for Life

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A friend of mine recently returned from a Zen Retreat at a German monastery, and told me about a delicious German whole-wheat rye bread he had enjoyed there. Now on quirky little Vashon, no...

Farmhouse Finery: New Paint, New Chapter

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The original 1888 door and windows repainted.
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Tom Lives Here, No Doubt About It

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Paint Colors to Call Home I've waited 17 years to paint my house, not for lack of wanting, but more for having an understanding of what I needed to do by myself and with...
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Home Sweet Home: New Paint, New Life

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Painting and Patience Seventeen years ago I drove up a gravel drive to behold the house destined to become my new home. Imperfectly perfect, the pioneer beauty imbued an elegant simplicity wrought a century ago,...
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Time to Remove the Siding

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Curing a Bad Case of Shingles...House Shingles In 2004, my very patient realtor led me up a gravel lane to a hilltop setting of monumental trees encircling a sleeping beauty of a homestead. Painted in...
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Quiche Lorraine: How to Make Breakfast Pie

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Don't like Quiche: Hear Me Out Quiche Lorraine got a bad rap in the 80s, all started by the tongue-in-cheek book Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, denouncing the brunch-fare as unsuitable for the alpha male....
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Christmas Gift 100 Years in the Making

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In 2019, on Christmas day , I received a gift 100 years in the making. Surprisingly, the treat presented itself within an email inquiry and subsequent exchanges; and embraced me with a warming joy...
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Thanksgiving 2020: Gratitude Is on the Menu

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Darkness surrounds me right now, but I know light will prevail if I just wait patiently. My rooster Rufus reminds me of this notion, along with the solo song of wheels to wet pavement...
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Buddy the Bulldog: Reluctant Muse

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As I've mention before, Buddy (my bulldog) pretty much runs my life. My stocky master and commander lets me know when he's ready to eat, ready to nap, ready for a butt-rub, ready to...