Welcome to The Rainshadow Journal!

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Rainshadow Journal is a website of news, commentary  and photography produced by a collective of retired journalists and co-conspirators, most of us in Port...

It’s Easy Being Green — Even After Death

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  Leslie Jocelyn Aickin   1947 ~ 20??   “She loved the Earth, and now the earth is loving her right back.”   Feature photo...

Love in the Time of Covid

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March 15, 2020, message from the Port Townsend School District: We are looking forward to seeing students at school on Monday so teachers and students can...

The View From Blyn Lookout

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                                        A couple of months ago my husband, Bruce, and I bought a new-to-us camper, the cabover style, from some folks out near Lake...

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...

Closer to South

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By Bob Francis (map looking due north of Port Townsendby Google Earth)             I moved, he moved. I stopped, he stopped, and his motorcycle fell...

Roundabout

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By Wanda Fuca Roundabout is our inaugural items column, an ongoing collection of local observations and anecdotes that seem worth sharing.  The idea is to...

There is a road

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There is a road I drive many evenings between a friend's house and mine To the west a jagged line of firs black against the evening sky. The sky, deep...

Porgy and Bess now

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Don White was on KPTZ last week hosting his “Broadway Showtime” program and talking about the musical Porgy and Bess, the 1959 film version....

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What Puget Sound Pilots Want You to Know

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It may sound counterintuitive, but when a big ship leaves the high seas and enters the restricted waters of Puget Sound, it is entering...

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...

On the hard: Chichagof

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories The Power Scow Chichagof. Chichagof is a power scow, a salmon scow, a fish tender. The U.S....

On the hard: Thea Foss

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Movie Stars, Depth Charges and Tugboat Annie: The Story of the Thea Foss I still can't think of...

America’s Guidebooks: The Way We Were

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Eighty years ago this fall, the state Historical Society published “Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State.”  At 700 pages and some 250,000 words,...