Building a Village for Mom and Baby

Caring for a newborn baby can be a surprisingly isolating and exhausting experience, particularly for first-time moms. During pregnancy, women are showered with attention and, when the baby is born, there’s often a steady flow of visitors. Then the excitement fades and moms are left alone with the task of taking care of this amazing… Read More

Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

In my free time this summer, in between camping excursions, day trips, dropping my kids off at camps and tending my garden, I immersed myself in some controversial fiction. I wanted to experience the imaginary characters and settings and plots that throughout history have been considered dangerous enough to be legally or effectively banned or… Read More

Bit of HiStory: Yacolt Burn

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Community, History, In Print

The winter of 1901-02 was a long, wet one for Southwest Washington. But eventually the warm sun of spring was welcomed, crops and wildflowers burst from the ground, and the season became warm and unseasonably dry. As the days lengthened, the hot dry weather continued. By Tuesday, September 12, 1902, it hadn’t rained in 77… Read More