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Forever Home Cat of the Week - Marcus

Marcus trusts and loves people. He loves all the attention he is receiving in his foster home. He is friendly and is happy to be warm and safe. This boy cat of the week loves lots of attention and any lap that is available.

A broken jaw may have saved his life…


Marcus has had a rough life. Evidently left behind when someone moved, he lived at a local business, along with a colony of cats that were fed by the office manager.

When the manager retired, a rescuer took over the colony care and noticed that Marcus’ jaw was injured. He had been hit by a car and was in pain. The rescuer rushed him to the vet where his jaw has been repaired.

While in recovery, the foster realized this cat is not feral or even semi-feral; he is SO happy to be inside.

Left Coast/Right Coast: How we celebrate a life and its passing.

A friend of mine passed away a few days ago. He was not a close personal friend – but someone with whom I had fairly regular dealings. I got to thinking about how we mourn. We all mourn in our own private ways.

A friend of mine passed away a few days ago. He was not a close personal friend – but someone with whom I had fairly regular dealings. It does not matter, he went at a too young age.

I got to thinking about how we mourn. We all mourn in our own private ways. Some of us can’t face this prospect (which faces us all) and don’t deal with it directly. Others jump in with both feet – offering help/support to friends and family. I like to think about two of my favorite writers/comedians, who have each produced what I consider an important work on this subject.

2013 Mill Creek Amazing Race Digital Scavenger Hunt for Teens

The Mill Creek Library and Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up again for the third annual Amazing Race Digital Scavenger Hunt for Teens on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 1-4 p.m.

The Mill Creek Library and Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up again for the third annual Amazing Race Digital Scavenger Hunt for Teens on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 1-4 p.m.

Teens in grades 6-12 will compete in teams of two or three to find and take photos of clues around the Mill Creek Library and Mill Creek Town Center.

The City of Mill Creek is hosting a Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Please join Mill Creek Parks & Recreation staff for the fourth annual Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Please join Mill Creek Parks & Recreation staff for the fourth annual Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

The Run will take place at Heatherwood Middle School Track and Field, 1419 Trillium Blvd. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012.

Children ages 3 years through 5th grade are invited to participate in three age-appropriate run/walks starting at 10:00 a.m.

Check-in is at 9:00 a.m.

Forever Home Cat of the Week - Clarence

Clarence is currently at Dooley’s Doghouse in Kirkland, and he is looking for an indoor only home where he will never have to fear abandonment again.

Declawed and dumped. Why in the world would anyone ever abandon a cat? So cruel, so irresponsible… and then to make it worse, if the cat is declawed?

Clarence was found at an apartment complex, living in the bushes and begging to come in. The story was someone from craigslist gave him to someone who let him outside… neighbors were feeding him occasionally, but no one would claim him.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Going out of your way to help or, “What’s in it for me?”

As I was driving back to Mill Creek this morning, at the corner of 164th Street SE and Mill Creek Boulevard the car in front of me simply stopped in the middle of the intersection. Within a few seconds, three separate unrelated people rushed into the street behind the car and helped the driver push the disabled car into the gas station at that corner.

As I was driving back to Mill Creek this morning, at the corner of 164th Street SE and Mill Creek Boulevard the car in front of me simply stopped in the middle of the intersection. Within a few seconds, three separate unrelated people rushed into the street behind the car and helped the driver push the disabled car into the gas station at that corner. I started thinking back to what would happen in the Northeast (both in Boston and in New York) in a similar situation.

"First Week of August Pep Talk" - from the Whistling Gardener

This is it folks, the final lap of the summer gardening season when all our hard work should come to a crescendo in the form of a giant horticultural orgasm.

This is it folks, the final lap of the summer gardening season when all our hard work should come to a crescendo in the form of a giant horticultural orgasm.

August is high summer for us in the northwest and perennials should be at the height of their glory, ornamental grasses in a state of perfection, roses resplendent with color and annuals still lush and inviting.

While spring is a beautiful time of the year, summer has so much more to offer in terms of color, form and texture. The choices are almost endless and with a little planning and some consistent maintenance this seasonal climax can happen in our gardens year after year. I know, I make it sound so easy don't I?

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