Life

Dr. Universe explains how an eclipse happens

Dear Susan, It just so happens the Great American Eclipse is coming up on Aug. 21, 2017. This solar eclipse will be the only one… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2017

Let not your last bite be of Brussels sprouts

Feeding my mother-in law, who is in hospice care, always makes me slow down and contemplate the simple pleasures of life. Small bites. Slow chewing.… Continue reading

  • Aug 2, 2017

Kentlake graduate Hoefig chosen Miss Cornucopia 2017

Life is really starting to take off for Tara Hoefig. The Kent Lions Club named the future airline pilot as Miss Cornucopia 2017 last Friday… Continue reading

Nature doesn’t like her either

I have come to terms with the reality that my youngest hates camping, because she also hates sun, bugs, campfire smoke – nature in general.… Continue reading

  • Jul 26, 2017

There’s always something

We spend our summers camping and attending rod runs, which are car shows for vintage cars modified into street rods. I’m not a huge fan… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2017

Even a bad respite has its place

During extremely stressful situations, like my MIL being in hospice care these past weeks, I’m always surprised how life insists on going on. So it… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2017

When mom discovers a new superhero

Having toddlers is an exercise in patience, having teenagers is an exercise in tolerance, having adult children is an exercise in understanding. My daughters still… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2017

Dr. Universe explains how astronauts in eat in space

Rhemi, 12, St. Louis, Mo. Dear Rhemi, Astronauts eat all kinds of different foods up in space. The food is often similar to what we… Continue reading

  • Jul 5, 2017

The responsibility of the living to the dying

By Gretchen Leigh

  • Jun 30, 2017

Dr. Universe explains earthquakes

Dear Dr. Universe: When will the next major earthquake be? Earthquakes really interest me and I want to know so I can be prepared when… Continue reading

  • Jun 27, 2017

Dr. Universe explains what causes lightening

Dear Dr. Universe: What causes lightning? -Monica, 10, Costa Rica And while we’re at it, let’s answer these questions: When lightning strikes the ocean, what… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2017

Maple Valley teenagers show talent and commitment

Miss Washington Teen USA is a competition that selects a representative to participate in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Washington is one of the most… Continue reading

Just give her a toothpick for Heaven’s sake

These last several weeks, my husband and I have been making the hour drive up to see his mother, who is in hospice care. During… Continue reading

  • Jun 21, 2017

Was it something I said?

Three mornings a week I swim at the Covington Aquatic Center. I’m usually alone for the last half hour. I arrive as the first shift… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2017

Outstanding Kentwood senior graduates

During his four years at Kentwood High School, Warren Bacote-Wilson has found his place and made an impact. The senior, who will graduate alongside his… Continue reading

Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe: Why do snakes shed their skin? Kalitia, 12, Zimmerman, Minn.

  • Jun 12, 2017

Keep kids active this summer

Keep kids active this summer The city of Covington partnered with the Covington Chamber of Commerce to bring the Play Unplugged program back to the… Continue reading

Zone 3 Explorers gear up for regional competition

Zone 3 Explorers is a program for young adults and is designed to train them to work in the fire service.

Kentlake senior overcomes challenges, embraces diversity

Kentlake High School senior Jayke Chavez has embraced the diversity in the Kent School District, emerging as a leader among his peers. Home-schooled until he… Continue reading