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Left Coast/Right Coast: It’s been a year!

Mike Gold is a retired entrepreneur providing his views on various subjects. Photo credit: Nancy Gold.

Well, for those of you counting, this is my 52nd column for The News of Mill Creek. Perhaps for some of you it is 51 or 52 too many. For others, so I’ve been told, it has been fun.

Among the benefits of writing a column in a local venue, which includes my photo, is being recognized occasionally. Like any “fame” or “notoriety” it is often fleeting and wrong.

May musings and other rambling thoughts from the Whistling Gardener

Pitcher Plants are carnivorous and will help control unwanted insects like flies and mosquitos

It should be no surprise to my readers that May is a difficult month for me to accomplish much in my own garden (it is one of the unfortunate consequences of running a garden center). I can usually steal away a few hours at the end of the day to get the beds cleaned up and the soil prepared and then thankfully the Missus steps in and does most of the planting.

Northwest Reads by the University Book Store: “Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest,” by Jack Hart

The Chinook term also signifies “magic” or “spirit,” and clearly, for Hart, our Puget Sound Region oozes skookum. It has inspired Hart, a former managing editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, to write this exceptionally constructed and brilliantly rendered novel of the Pacific Northwest.

"A man can have skookum. So can a place. It's strength, a sort of mysterious power," Jack Hart writes in his new novel ”Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest.” The Chinook term also signifies “magic” or “spirit,” and clearly, for Hart, our Puget Sound Region oozes skookum. It has inspired Hart, a former managing editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, to write this exceptionally constructed and brilliantly rendered novel of the Pacific Northwest.

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