Life

Still not, quite, knocked down

Yesterday I was thinking, “never let a Catholic woman plan a non-denominational faith’s memorial service.” I didn’t plan my Mother-in-law’s memorial, it was just a… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017

The season of giving|Photo Gallery

The Black Diamond Maple Valley Kiwanis Club and the Black Diamond Miners hosted the ninth annual community Thanksgiving dinner Sunday, Nov. 19 at Black Diamond… Continue reading

She is free, free at last

My mother-in-law passed away this weekend. I would like to say the whole family surrounded her and she passed easily, but neither case was true.… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2017

Spinning the ‘Wheel of Fortune’

One woman’s dream came true with the luck of the draw and a little hope. Suzanne Perreira from Maple Valley beat the odds and was… Continue reading

Black Diamond center collecting Christmas gifts

Children may qualify to receive Christmas gifts through the “Share the Joy” program, available to low-income families with children up to 17 years old within… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2017

It’s what I told myself

One day last week I walked out of the house without my cell phone. I remembered it when I was only a little way down… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2017

Covington Chamber of Commerce’s monster bash|Photo Gallery

The Covington Chamber of Commerce hosted their Monster Bash Annual Fundraising event and Silent Auction on Oct. 27 starting at 6 p.m. The event included… Continue reading

Still checking

I asked my friend who moved away last week how her kids liked their new school. She said aside from her youngest, who generally grumbles… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2017

Trapped, with nowhere to go

All they could do is sit and wait for five hours with no idea what was happening outside. Ashley Brooke-Tingey, goalkeeper for Kentwood High School,… Continue reading

One crazy night in Las Vegas

Local couple recount story of the Las Vegas shooting that occurred Oct. 1.

So why? Why not?

Last week the Weight Watchers leader asked what our “why” was. As in, why do you want to lose weight, why are you sitting in… Continue reading

  • Oct 25, 2017

Haunting: A family affair

As dawn approaches and the sky turns to an errie array of colors, the large white tent that sits near the forest fills with chatty… Continue reading

A mother can dream, can’t she?

I can’t organize one spot in my house without becoming aware of other places that need tidying up. In the case of my latest clean… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2017

Would I do a thing like that?

While I was sorting loose pictures recently, discarding the duplicates, blurry and dark ones, I was struck by how my garden has grown up with… Continue reading

  • Oct 13, 2017

We should expect delays in life

I was at a Weight Watcher’s meeting last week, ruminating over the crappy end to my summer. My husband and I were involved in a… Continue reading

  • Oct 6, 2017

Domestic Violence Awareness month begins with 11th annual Purple Light Night

Domestic violence is silent and deadly, and one woman is on a mission to end that silence. Victoria Throm is the president of the Domestic… Continue reading

Kent Downtown Partnership celebrates 25th anniversary

The Kent Downtown Partnership (KDP) hosts an open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The open house will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on… Continue reading

  • Oct 5, 2017

Storehouse to receive donations from credit union grand opening

The Storehouse, a faith-based foodbank in Covington, has been serving the community since 1999. This year, the foodbank has seen some changes including a new… Continue reading

I’m going to take this one

My youngest daughter has been telling me all summer she wanted to paint her bedroom. I was fine with it, but it sounded like a… Continue reading

  • Sep 29, 2017

Maple Valley named Purple Heart City thanks to Eagle Scout

Maple Valley is a newer city being only 20 years old and isn’t known for a whole lot yet, but now it can be known… Continue reading