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The more they stay the same

Every once in a while I feel like I will hear her come in, hands full of work items, water, her bag. Always so much in her hands, it takes a few seconds for her to get through the door. I would always hear, “Hi Paula. Hi Randy. Hi Tom. Hi Maria” and whoever else was...

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The ebb and flow of seasons

The kids and I spent Sunday afternoon picking apples from our four trees. It’s one of those years where, with little effort, there’s a decent crop to be had. Despite the fact that I half-heartedly pruned and sprayed them this spring and they went long spells without a...

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Wondrous grace

Barely a year old, Mitty loves books. She jumps upon my bed every morning, rubs her cheeks on the edge of my journal and chews its ribbon glued to the binding. She paws my pen. “Okay, Mitts, I get the message.” I scratch her back from tail to head and hold her face in...

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Learning, supporting your lifetime partner

If you have been blessed like me to have been with the same partner a long time—24 years of marriage for us—you know it takes compromise, humor and patience to get there. Maybe it’s not always a sunny walk in the park, but getting through those times of turmoil really...

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What changes, stays the same

Pretty much since day one, I’ve had this same desk, chair and cubicle here at the Tri-City Times offices. I’ve tacked a calendar in its designated spot for the last 16 years and that towering stack of our print editions has maintained its claim on the corner edge. I...

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Is busyness a trauma response?

Recently there was a post on social media that read, “Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and fear-based distraction from what you’d be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down.” Immediately, I knew this was meant for me. Since...

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A writer, before…and after all

In Granny’s latter years, we’d sit at her kitchen table as night fell upon the mountains. There, in those hallowed moments, she unlocked the chambers of her large heart and granted me her most precious joys and sorrows. She spoke of her two newborn sons Grandpa buried...

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Catherine impacted our lives in many ways

Catherine Minolli has contributed to a little over 1,300 issues of the Tri-City Times. She has edited and written sad, inspirational and happy, mundane and hard hitting stories in all those issues. Catherine will be retiring after 25 years of dedicated service to our...

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Writer can’t find right words

If there’s one thing I learned over the years behind the keyboard it’s the fact that every single person has a story. There’s an entire library of information inside every person’s head that shapes their life, defines their being and illuminates their core. I’ve had...

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Always in search of the sublime

Oh, the air wafted sweetly from the sea. Not like the humid, oppressive torpor of Vietnam: lighter, crisper. With the sun kissing my face, I walked amid the amber wheat, the green pastures and the rolling hills, walking, becoming lost in the brambles and then found...

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