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SPOUSE magazine - July 2017

Spouse magazine

SPOUSE magazine - July 2017

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the July 2017 Spouse Magazine, click HERE, In this month's issue: <<< Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island <<< Get outside with JBLM MWR <<< Free Tacoma museums for military <<< International travel on a budget <<< Caring for those who hold down the

Real change

News

Real change

Not long ago, a man walked into the offices of the Veterans Lending Group (VLG) thinking it was the offices of the Veterans Administration. That mistake proved to be a blessing. "He was homeless," related Brooke Villano during a recent telephone interview. "We talked to him for a while, learned he had

The Infantryman's history

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The Infantryman's history

The opening of Camp Lewis in the middle of World War I Sept. 5, 1917, continued the role of the infantry in American history. In short order, the 91st Division - the Wild West Division - arrived and trained. Soldiers learned close drill, military traditions, bayonet and hand-to-hand combat; they spent

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

Travel

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

The Bloedel Reserve is one of the most distinctive public gardens in the United States. Founders Prentice and Virginia Bloedel created this beautiful landscape in the early 1950s and continued to make improvements during the years they lived there.   "Nature is but another word for health," wrote Henry David Thoreau, and

Why bases get a bad rap

News Front

Why bases get a bad rap

So you're headed to a new military post - or you're making a list of places you'd like to go, or rather, not to go. In that process, you're recalling things you've heard in the past. Maybe you're researching online to see what others have to say. And chances are,

Letters and Legacy

News Front

Letters and Legacy

A letter written in 1945 led Andrew Carroll to begin the Center for American War Letters. Written by a distant cousin, the recollection described his walk through the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald the day after its liberation. "It was one of the most powerful things I had ever read in my

Helping homeless vets make a U-turn

News

Helping homeless vets make a U-turn

Despite job fairs and other support, many Puget Sound military who have gone from one deployment to another to "instant" jobless civilian status would have no place to go without recovery shelters like the Veterans Resource Center. There, within the Tacoma Rescue Mission, veterans find a clean, safe and orderly

Music

Music festivals for summer 2017

Music makes the world go ‘round, and here in the Pacific Northwest it’s a vital part of the summer festivities. Whether you enjoy tapping your toes, clapping your hands, busting a move or singing along, summer music festivals in the Puget Sound area offer opportunities to enjoy a

People Rule

McChord officer plays volleyball at high level

Serving in the United States Air Force and the sport of volleyball have been symbiotic for Felicia Clement since graduating high school in 2011. She’s enjoyed a life where the two go hand-in-hand. A second lieutenant for the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,

Washington 6th most patriotic state

News Front

Washington 6th most patriotic state

The personal finance website, WalletHub, recently released its report on 2017's Most Patriotic States in America.  Washington came in at number six.  Virginia took top honors, while New Jersey has the dubious honor of least patriotic state in the union.  WalletHub used 13 key indicators to determine the level of patriotism.  Max

Singles night out in Tacoma

Music

Singles night out in Tacoma

Oh sure, the cyber age has shifted the way we find love. You can download the latest app and slide your way through hundreds of local singles looking to hookup from the comfort of your couch. Let's face it, though, there's nothing quite like getting all dolled up and dapper

South Sound Craft Crawl

Features

South Sound Craft Crawl

South Sound craft breweries are becoming a destination and gaining recognition throughout the world.  In Olympia, The Fish Brewing Company is home to Beyond the Pale Ale, named the 2015 World's Best Beer by the World's Best Beer Awards. If you want to learn more about these great local brews,

Grandstaff's legacy

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Grandstaff's legacy

Libraries are quiet places where books - those special strings of words between covers - can be checked out, read and contemplated. The first library at Camp Lewis opened Nov. 28, 1917.  Named the Liberty Library, it was the first military library constructed by the American Library Association. Popular with the

Eternally groovy

Music

Eternally groovy

Ben Harper is one of our more enduring pop-musical talents, beloved by critics and record buyers alike. It's surprising, then, to find he's never had what Billboard would call a bona-fide, top-10 radio hit. The closest he's come thus far was "Steal My Kisses," a sweet little number that reached

The show goes on

Music

The show goes on

There is a lot to love about the music industry. You might have a favorite band or singer that you can listen to over and over again and not be bored. One thing that is really great about the music industry in the South Sound is that it is widely

Party with a purpose

Music

Party with a purpose

Olympia is ready to get laid back and party with a purpose next weekend. When you think of Washington's capital city, chances are your first thoughts are not of beaches and boat drinks and tropical music. But Olympia is preparing to host Laid Back Attack, a three day gathering and music

Good moments win out

Stage

Good moments win out

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's staging of Disney's The Little Mermaid is sweet and sentimental, colorful, and filled with lively music and dancing. Typical of Jon Douglas Rake directed musicals, there is a surfeit of lavish production numbers featuring the entire cast, and some big-time tap dancing, most notably featuring the lightning-fast

A beautiful space abuzz with life

Arts

A beautiful space abuzz with life

I went to Tacoma Community College to look at my old friend Alec Clayton's paintings, along with my friend Becky Knold, another painter living and working in Olympia. Clayton has reviewed Becky's work and my own in this publication. In our years as friends, I'd come to believe I already knew

Opening up

Music

Opening up

I've written before about the relative positives and negatives that come along with honesty in songwriting. In general, I'm in favor of bearing as much of yourself in your art as you feel comfortable doing. Whether or not these admissions help or hurt your work is an entirely other matter.

A trail into local history

Outdoors

A trail into local history

The Sequalitchew Creek Trail is nearby and a day's travel into a chapter of the city of DuPont's history. While the area was home to Native Americans more than 5,000 years ago, and in more recent times specifically to the Nisqually and Sequalitchew Indians, it entered American history when the United

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