I Owe Rush Limbaugh My 15 Minutes of Fame

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The death of Rush Limbaugh, overlapped on the energy crunch, takes me back exactly 20 years, to the nationwide electrical crisis in the winter...

A Winter’s Diary

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Dec 31, 2020: It was foggy this morning, and temps have not dipped below freezing in a long time. There was a thick frost...

PT & Me: Living the Good Life in a Bubble

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Some 40 years before the Pandemic, I climbed aboard my 21-foot wooden sloop in Seattle and groped north up fogbound Puget Sound, headed for...

Kathy Francis: Nothing Matters But the People

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By Bob Francis A disciple told Confucius one day that he was thinking of moving and asked for his advice. The Master said, "Don't choose the...

Bobby Kennedy, Gun Control & Change

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Editor's note: This piece came in after the June 6th 50th anniversary of the murder of Robert Kennedy. We struggled with finding a photo...

The PTeRider Story:

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“The town is full of FIPS,” I said when we got to the part in the tour about what kind of people live in...

PT & ME: A LOVE LETTER

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Dearest Port Townsend, In this time of pandemic, and the first cancellation of the Wooden Boat Festival in 44 years, I’m in mourning. An...

The Deep Sanity of Living in a Co-Housing Village

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By Brad Matsen             In the winter of 2019, my sweetheart and I moved into a fifty-five-and-over co-housing community on the western slope of Morgan...

How I found Port Townsend

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By Allison Arthur Telling stories, changing stories All I remember is that it was hot and I wanted to get home and off U.S. Highway...

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The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

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Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

On the Hard: Catalyst

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Catalyst and the Beautiful Wild Country             Catalyst departed Port Townsend on May 5th to begin her mid-May...

River Otters

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Was that a sea otter or a river otter you just saw swimming offshore? People often think they see sea otters foraging on our...

So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

Diana Talley – Shavings in my brassiere

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I met the unsinkable Diana Talley many years ago. It was at a party of wooden boat people. Diana has been a foundational person...