Clear Skies County: An open letter requesting news our region can use

Sometimes I wonder whether national morning new shows realize how trivial they appear to us under our Pacific Northwest January 50-degree sunshine, where we’re worrying about thin layers of snow for skiers and orchardists.
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Clear Skies County: A better scientific approach to improve weight and health

| By Jim Russell |  This column is a correction of my Dec. 19 column where I pledged to lower my blood glucose because of my addiction to sugar and my self-diagnosis of Type-2 diabetes. My self-diagnosis was based on World Health Organization blood glucose levels and symptoms of frequent urination, drowsiness, headaches and hunger. My doctors have NOT confirmed my Type-2 self-diagnosis and until...
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Two stories of new housing and jobs

New housing and jobs would give our county a boost this new year and the most likely sources are start-up developments. Here are two examples of the cycle of start-ups that created Ocean Shores and Seabrook on the Pacific Ocean in Grays Harbor County.
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Clear Skies County: Shining a light on how to make resolutions

Resolutionists like me search for ways to improve their lives with a new year’s resolution. My approach rejects specific goals and embraces a one-word resolution of positive emotion to improve my health, happiness and prosperity.
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Clear Skies County: A Grandfather’s Ideal Christmas List?

“I need a list of Christmas gift ideas from you.” That question has troubled me more and more as I age. This year I might have found my ideal gift list.
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Clear Skies County: Fasting and feasting works just like family

This Thanksgiving our children and their families arrived early Wednesday and left Saturday morning, by which time we’d shared an unexpected Wednesday dinner for 10, Thanksgiving plus two birthdays on Thursday and our 50th anniversary on Friday.
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Clear Skies County: Begin Thanksgiving with a breakfast fast

| By Jim Russell | The first proclamation for a national day of dedication to God’s graciousness was signed in March 1776 by John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress of the United Colonies. The language is startlingly different with its emphasis on humility, fasting and prayers for peace. We might consider embracing its message with a breakfast fast on Thanksgiving morning. At the...
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Clear Skies County: Making work out of anniversary romance

During the last 50 days of our 50th year of marriage, I proposed Karen and I review highlights of our 50 years with a note from me tucked inside a blank card along with photograph albums Karen had diligently compiled. Karen could write notes about memories she cherishes in each year. We made it through the first 14 days on schedule.
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Clear Skies: Making sure we avoid the stress of celebrating our 50th

I’m half-way through my plan to give Karen a greeting card with highlights from every year of the 50 years of our marriage during the last 50 days of this, our 50th year of marriage.
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Clear Skies County: Considering how to hardwire happiness

An Atlantic.com article recommended the book “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence,” by Dr. Rick Hanson, a famous neuropsychologist and author of the best-selling “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.” Since I get upset with myself for such minor things like tennis or losing my keys, this promised nirvana.
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