Spotlight

Bask in the mask

Aug 3rd, 2020 | By
Bask in the mask

Doing your part to curb COVID is socially responsible. It can also be comfortable and help the hard-of-hearing, too. So wear the mask. Please. For everyone’s sake. Governor Jay Inslee and state Secretary of Health John Wiesman made that clear when they announced a mandatory face covering order for Washington. “Until a vaccine or cure is developed, this is going to be one of our best defenses. Inslee said. “As necessary economic activity increases and more people are out in their communities, it is imperative to protect all of us.”



The scoop on dogs and dirty water

Jul 21st, 2020 | By
The scoop on dogs and dirty water

There’s a lot more to dog poop than meets the eye.
Not only are dog droppings unsightly, they are a contributor to water pollution and can spread diseases.
“It is a bigger problem than most think,” points out Angela Gallardo, an Environmental Services Assistant Division Manager for City of Tacoma. “Though the majority of dog owners are good about picking up after their pet, it only takes a few to create a significant problem.”



Different generations, same goals

Jul 1st, 2020 | By
Different generations, same goals

Even though they are 41 years apart in age, Madonna Hanna and Marcus Chambers are in lockstep with two loves: Competitive running and Toastmasters. Hanna, 66, is a veteran of state and national competitions for senior athletes, while Chambers, 25, is an Olympic hopeful on Team USA’s track and field team. Both are members of Thursday Nite Live Toastmasters in Parkland. The two have developed an enduring friendship, in which they coach each other. Chambers is Hanna’s running coach, while she serves as his mentor in Toastmasters, an international organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through its clubs worldwide.



Seniors can be ‘ambassadors of hope,’ not victims

Jun 15th, 2020 | By
Seniors can be ‘ambassadors of hope,’ not victims

A survey by the American Psychiatric Association revealed almost half of Americans worry about catching the coronavirus, and more than a third believe the pandemic is seriously affecting their mental health. Enter Bruce Bruinsma, who thinks seniors are perfectly suited to be role models in managing pandemic-induced anxiety.
“Seniors are often portrayed in the media as vulnerable victims of the coronavirus, when we’ve actually come through many crises as survivors and thrivers,” said the 78-year-old leader of The Retirement Reformation.