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A singular voice

Music

A singular voice

I've never been an expert on hip-hop, having been sheltered from it through the majority of my formative years. What I knew was relegated to what flew by me on the radio, and the years when that exposure would have happened were a particularly fallow period for the genre, coming

Outdoors

Ready for spring skiing?

Although not everyone has been thrilled about the sporadic flurries of snow this winter, skiers and snowboarders have been reveling in the constant snowfall in the mountains. Some winter hot spots offer military discounts to help stretch your money when trekking out to the mountains

Ferriter: "Life is a fight"

Military Life

Ferriter: "Life is a fight"

The fight started and ended with a set of hands on a pair of shoulders. "Life is a fight, and in this fight you have to close the distance between yourself and your opponent," said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Ferriter, as he put his hands on the shoulders of his attacker. "The

Every Day is Veterans Day

News Front

Every Day is Veterans Day

Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient Justin Constantine designed and created a desktop calendar to honor servicemembers and veterans. "There's no desktop calendar specifically honoring veterans and servicemembers," he said.  "This is a great way to show our greater military community how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice." The Every

Military Care Package Supply Drive

Military Life

Military Care Package Supply Drive

Two years ago, Maggie Connors, Army wife and Edward Jones financial advisor, decided that she wanted to find a way to give back to the military community. After she bounced ideas back and forth with her husband, she settled on sending deployed Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers care packages. Connor's idea

Military family feels call to foster

Military Life

Military family feels call to foster

Air Force veteran and military spouse Virginia "Ginny" Krause keeps her hands full as a foster parent while raising three children. Since arriving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord three years ago, the Krauses have fostered two long-term children and one emergency placement and provided respite care for other foster parents. "My wife

Military powerlifters gather in Tacoma

Military Life

Military powerlifters gather in Tacoma

From regular Atlas to Charles Atlas, the classic image of a powerlifter that endures in the public consciousness - the gigantic, muscular meathead - shares more in common with turn-of-the-century circus strongmen than it does with present-day reality. With all due respect to Atlas and his literal "world record", almost

Wellness alive on base

Military Life

Wellness alive on base

When one has health, that person has everything. It is good to keep this "everything." To that end, the performance triad of optimal exercise, good nutrition and enough sleep are the components of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. "This three-level approach to health is empowerment, and there is demonstrable evidence that shows this makes

Choir goes to Carnegie

Military Life

Choir goes to Carnegie

Photo caption: The Chamber Choir is made up of seniors Abby Kelley, Sierra Flake, Claire Enfield, Marisa Cantu, Jaein Cho, Frank Kaufmann, David Denizard-Cruz, Ryan Marchant, Nate Lazarte, Dallin Skinner, junior Angely Tagomata, Hope Stowers, Austin Cortez and sophomores Helaina Kaufmann, Josiah Hampton and Declan Winegar. Choir director, Kasey Eck,

Put a little sparkle in your life

Military Life

Put a little sparkle in your life

Whenever I am in a bad mood or the 100th day without sun is starting to get to me, I love to go to my favorite blog, SparklingCharm.com.  The brainchild of Joint Base Lewis-McChord military spouse, Gwyn Nielsen, Sparkling Charm is an online space literally designed to make you happy. Nielsen

Teeing up history

Online Newspapers

Teeing up history

Joseph Caster thought whacking a little ball with a big club provided good physical training for his soldiers. Brig. Gen. Caster assumed command of Fort Lewis in 1929, during a period in which a great deal of construction occurred. Soon after taking command, he made it clear that he would leave

Between us and Venus

News

Between us and Venus

A nice planet is hard to find. That's why local author David Zink spent most of his life cherishing our little corner of the cosmos and working diligently to protect its environment for future generations. Zink's eco-friendliness owes in part to a childhood on his family's fishing resort in northern Minnesota. While

Chow down, Olympia

Features

Chow down, Olympia

The Capital Food & Wine Festival is an annual 501(c)(3) fundraiser for Saint Martin's University in Lacey. Al Eckroth, director of the first and second installments, describes it as "a huge annual block party, where neighbors and friends unite in a spirit of community." The festival "began in 1989 as a

Drop your kids off!

Arts

Drop your kids off!

If you have ever planned anything: weddings, birthday parties, 50th anniversaries, what ever it may have been, during this process you probably asked yourself a few qualifying questions. "When? Where? How? And Why?" Depending on the answer or dependent on how you carried on with your planning, if it was

Jonathan Kite

Stage

Jonathan Kite

In the dark days before I started writing for this fine rag, I was hired on at an ice cream shop for a very silly reason. It was during a group interview and, when asked if I had any special talents, I offered that I could do an impression. Rather

Fast fingers

Stage

Fast fingers

When Symphony Tacoma presents works by Beethoven and Mozart this Saturday - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 and Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201, respectively - the concert will add extra treats for classical music lovers. For one thing, there'll be two bonus selections:

Finely crafted

Reviews

Finely crafted

ANNOUNCER: Olympia is not brimming with four-star restaurants. There are some, and they are still around because they have passed the test of time, consistently putting out great food. Gardner's Seafood and Pasta is one of the success stories. JASON: I love this space.  From the outside, tucked near the farmers

Alice in Wonderland at Olympia Family Theater

Stage

Alice in Wonderland at Olympia Family Theater

Come out of the rain to kick off spring with Olympia Family Theater's production of Alice in Wonderland - a lot of fun for kids from 3 to 73. Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll by the multi-talented writer/director/actor Kate Ayers and directed by OFT co-founder and artistic director

Papercuts, pastels and prints

Arts

Papercuts, pastels and prints

I have been following Sherry Buckner's art, mostly in shows at Childhood's End, for well over 20 years. Her latest serigraphs and pastels might be her best yet. There are two groups of these works in the current show. On the first group of panels as you enter the gallery

A very loud weekend

Music

A very loud weekend

I think it's safe to say that I'm a wimp. Let me count the ways: I have a bad hip at age 28; I sometimes listen to Iron & Wine before falling to sleep, Sam Beam's hushed voice spiriting me away to a dream land where I almost always miss

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