December Story

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Every year when Christmas time rolls around, I think about my Aunt Bobbs’ story. This year things are a little different, but it doesn’t...

A Christmas Eve Story

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When I was a young girl my father always assisted Santa in the most delightful ways. It was one of his special things that...

Tickling Keyboards at Type Townsend

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At some point, long before the pandemic, manual typewriters seemed to join rotary telephones, hand-cranked car windows and kerosene lanterns on the scrap heap...

Rule by HOA: The Price of Predictability

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Rule By HOA: The Price of Predictability A few months ago, Cape George Colony, our private community out on Discovery Bay, seemed on the verge...

The Catacombs

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In Paris, there are so many places worth seeing. We’ve seen them on postcards and Facebook posts. But out of all the places I’ve...

The Farm

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A new short story just in time for Halloween from Port Townsend author Karen Clemens. Photo by Al Bergstein. The Farm was built by a...

A Gritty, Poetic Story of Misadventure

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"Calypso, Rhyme of the Modern Mariner" Forty years after the fact, longtime Port Townsend residents Dennis and Pat McGuire are finally telling their story, and...

What I Came Here For

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Okay. Whew. This is, indeed the life. And… sigh. The one I was looking for. Breathing into it. Owning the length of time, and...

Three PT Authors Awarded Literary Prizes

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Three Port Townsend based authors have received significant recognition for their work. JoAnne Tompkins has been awarded the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for...

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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...

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...

The Delightful Harbor Seal

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One of the delights of my Port Townsend life is watching harbor seals. Looking out at the sea while walking along a beach, I...

Living by the Wind

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Wilderness is a state of mind Ten years ago, my husband and I sailed our 24-foot boat across the Pacific Ocean from Puget Sound to...

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...