Labor Day: Deal with the stuff in your life

Labor Day weekend gives Americans across the country a three-day weekend to rest, travel and celebrate our freedom to labor.
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National Water Quality Month highlights need for farm bill conservation programs

August is National Water Quality Month and, as we celebrate, lawmakers are negotiating the 2018 farm bill.
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To weed the garden… or not

My garden needs weeding. Oh, does it need it. It happens about this time every year. I start out strong, but then summer gets away from me and the weeds are miracle growing like they’ve been fertilized from the heavens.
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Choose your path: Laborer, craftsman, artist

By Ken Neher Senior Moments I read recently that St. Francis of Assisi described three ways of being in the world. The first was the laborer: someone who works with just their hands. The second is the craftsperson: someone who works with their hands and their head. The third is the artist who works with their hands, head, and heart. I like that. As I reflected on that passage I realized I’ve...
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Rural farmers markets harvest demand for healthy food

Large, hand-painted signs lean against a tent, the buzz of friendly conversation cuts through the humid air, and the smell of fresh produce drifts in the breeze — you’ve found yourself at a farmers market.
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No excuse for fake news rhetoric

The plight of a grieving orca who continues to carry her dead calf for weeks is reported by the Seattle Times. The Spokane Spokesman-Review lets people know for the first time the Legislature is forming a task force to exempt lawmakers from portions of the Public Records Act.
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Returning home

My husband and I recently indulged in a couple days away as a couple to celebrate our anniversary. When we partake on such expeditions (which isn’t often) we both understand the significance of the outcome. That is, the outcome upon returning home — to a house inhabited by our three sons, some official adults, some nearly so.
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Get a colonoscopy and avoid colon cancer, please

I had my fourth colonoscopy recently. The best part of the procedure is when it's over. Honestly, it's not that big of a deal but it's always easier to say that when it's over!
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Razzle-dazzle berries

You never know the lessons you might learn from something as small and unassuming as a raspberry.
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More agreements needed to open markets and strengthen trade relationships

Recently, I sat down with President Trump and members of Congress at the White House to discuss the impact of trade on agriculture in Central Washington.
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