Peace on Earth


Peace on Earth

During the Iraqi war of the George W. Bush presidency, a brave mother took a stand and created a movement of peaceful protest to the war by setting up a camp outside the president’s Crawford, Texas home.
Her name was Cindy Sheehan, and her son was killed in the war in Iraq. Her message spread and was heard and supported in faraway Eatonville with a candlelight vigil on a street corner in 2005. Attending that vigil was Michael Hill, a dedicated peace advocate. Since then, he has become a weekly community fixture at the same corner.

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Happy 2018: Social Security benefits are going up

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2 percent in 2018. In its announcement Oct.13 of the increase, the Social Security Administration said the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018. Increased payments

Legislator joins State Council on Aging

State Rep. Andrew Barkis, whose legislative district includes south Pierce County, has been appointed to the Washington State Council on Aging. The Council on Aging (SCOA), comprised of representatives from local governments, the Legislature and other long-term services, makes recommendations to the governor about the special needs of Washington seniors. Last month, the council helped

Volunteering at VA course is worth some free golf

American Lake VA Golf Course, located Lakewood on the VA hospital campus, is run by voluunteers. And more are  needed, with free golf awaiting those who sign up for duty with the grounds crew or helping run the caddie shack. Information on schedules and what’s expected of volunteers is available at 253-589-1998.

Driver licenses can prove you’re a military veteran

Military veterans can now have that status noted on their state-issued driver license or ID card under a new Washington law. The special veteran designation became available on Aug. 30 at no additional cost when requested at the time a license is renewed or issued, but normal driver license fees may still apply. The recognition


Fragrant oils boost mind, body and spirit during the holidays Fragrant oils boost mind, body and spirit during the holidays

Ease into the hectic holiday season with the help of aromatherapy. The fragrances of plant-derived essential oils have long been used to improve the health of our mind, body and spirit. Boost your energy and increase your focus as you work to balance work, family and holiday fun. Peppermint has long been prized for this

Senior Eats

Fried chicken is king at this Circle K Fried chicken is king at this Circle K

As I visit the restaurants serving interesting food in Pierce County, I look for my favorites: Macaroni and cheese, burgers and fried chicken. I have  been pretty lucky with some, but not so lucky with fried chicken. Then I mentioned it to the nice gal who was doing my hair, and she said people from

Senior Adventures

Get away to where the sun shines

I can’t believe that another year has come and is almost gone. I look out the window and know that winter is upon us, and that thought always makes me want to get away to somewhere there is sunshine. I can only take so much of the cold weather, and besides, the sun makes me


Man’s death confirms worst fears of flu season

Pierce County recorded its first flu-related death one month into the new flu season, confirming warnings by health officials of the seriousness of the illness. A man in his 70s who lived in the western portion of the county died Oct. 31 after suffering from the flu. He had chronic health problems that increased his

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‘The Way it Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra’ ‘The Way it Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra’

If there’s a Frank Sinatra fan on your gift list this season, Eliot Weisman has a book for them. Eliot Weisman served as a manager, confidant, and advisor to some of the biggest names in entertainment in the 20th century – Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Joan Rivers  –