Life

Faithful Living: Have faith, patience on road of life

“Why did you call our home, not identify yourself, then ask for my husband by his first name as if you know him personally?” I… Continue reading

  • Sep 1, 2007

Faithful Living: On the road without Dad

When I learned, last October, that my 78-year-old dad’s stomach discomfort was end-stage cancer from which he would not recover, I drove myself to a… Continue reading

  • Aug 25, 2007

Life on Whidbey: 40 years, one day

When LAUNA LINDBECK graduated from high school in 1966, she took the postal service test and waited for the mail to bring the results. Meanwhile,… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2007

Faithful Living: Even in the race of life, he finished strong

Six incredible days before my dad died in October we gathered family members, a wheelchair and oxygen, and transported him to a nearby school so… Continue reading

  • Aug 18, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Island artists stay busy at festival

Last weekend’s Coupeville Arts Festival was very well run, according to local artist JOAN BROSNAHAN. “It was one of the largest crowds I’ve seen,” she… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2007

Faithful Living: Sometimes death isn’t as sure as taxes

I once witnessed a death in a most unexpected place: a parade. The dear man, proudly carrying an American flag among a group of fellow… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Send me a man with a pocket protector

I should have married one of those guys who put too much tape on their broken eyeglasses and wore pocket protectors, one for every occasion.… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Just my wonderful luck to be alive

It would be silly to pretend it never happened, as if thumbing my nose at the indomitable human spirit, but I pulled through two medical… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2007

Faithful Living: Take time to remember the good

Editor’s note: Joan Bay Klope is on vacation this week, but in her absence she sent along a column that deserves a read one more… Continue reading

  • Jul 21, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Dangers lurk on local roads

Those who work construction on our highways lost one of their own last week. A Freeland man, Thomas Hintz, 51, was hit by a street… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2007

Faithful Living: Everyone has their own way of dealing

Last October my family and I learned that my dad had advanced cancer. The diagnosis came in spits and starts, just as rain clouds outside… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Little house on Hathaway helps hungry, homeless

It fills me with pride when asked to explain the work of HELP HOUSE, a shining star of humanity in our community. This small but… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2007

Faithful Living: The ride of life can turn suddenly

Going out to eat sounded like a great way to celebrate our middle child’s 18th birthday, so we let her choose the restaurant and invited… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Someone was watching over him

When people meet ROY ALAN McWILLIAMS, their eyes automatically go to the dark blue ball cap, his favorite, thickly embroidered with “Belgium,” “Germany” and the… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2007

Don’t expect special treatment

I am a military dependent with children and I don’t expect any special treatment. When it is “offered” I graciously say, “Thank you.” My husband… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2007

Faithful Living: Family meetings can’t be missed

Seems like yesterday that they grumped and dallied and complained. In fact, the Klope kids called out, “Just a minute, Mom!” so many times from… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2007

Condo president does great job

Do you know Marvin? Or someone like him? The Marvin I know is a wonderful husband, a great father, a hard worker. He is always… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Keep that folksy familiarity

It would be a shame if North Whidbey lost its hometown appeal in the wake of current growth. We’d miss such things as telling a… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2007

Faithful Living: Blessings offered in tough lessons of forgiveness

It is a story that first hit Florida newspapers 33 years ago when 10-year-old Chris Carrier was reported missing by his family.A fifth-grader at Westminster… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2007

Life on Whidbey: A grumpy master chief turns into a GR-UMP

He once could make a sailor squirm without saying a word. This grumpy guy can make or break you. Would I go to his house… Continue reading

  • Jun 13, 2007