Life

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

Faithful Living: Words, actions stand strong

They are known by many as the… Continue reading

  • Jun 9, 2007

Life on Whidbey: He’s the nicest guy you’ll never meet

It was unusually hot that day in early May when I saw JOE HENRY KOONS outside Ace Hardware, looking a bit out of place but… Continue reading

  • Jun 6, 2007

Faithful Living: Rite of passage may take wisdoms, but offers growth

“Mom, can you make the appointment with the oral surgeon? My wisdom teeth are starting to come in and Dr. Vasquez says there’s not enough… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2007

Life on Whidbey: It was a trade made in heaven for one Whidbey car nut

“The trade was not about money,” said BILL WAITE, finding it nearly impossible to wipe the smile off his face. He has a knack for… Continue reading

  • May 30, 2007

Faithful Living: Appreciate life and its moments

Oliver, best known as “Mr. O,” is an orange tabby with a droopy, wobbly tummy. We adopted him several years ago as a young adult… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2007

Faithful Living: Take time to explore the change around you

It’s time for a field trip if you are a school-aged child. That’s because the end of the school year is in sight, you have… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Nordic Lodge is anything but stuffy

“We want the community to know we can make a difference, regardless of one’s heritage,” said Dick Johnson, president of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge,… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2007