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A TIME OF RENEWAL
t’s May, and this is usually
the time when everything
is starting to come back to
life, especially in our small
community. But this May we are all faced
with something much different; a reality
that is riddled with uncertainty. Most of
us either own or work for a small business,
and we have all witnessed firsthand how
challenging things have become. We are
only as good as our community and the
support we receive from each other. It is
the fabric of the community that binds us
together and keeps us all living in harmony
with one another. There are no substitutes.
It is "us" that makes Gig Harbor such an
amazing place to live. Which leads me to
the multi-billion-dollar corporations that
have flooded our airwaves and social media
channels with their mantra of "We are all in
this together,” which makes me think, "Are
we?" Are we really "in this together”?
Let us not be fooled and remember the
people who live, breathe and work here are
the ones who are "in this together." We are
the ones who have each other's backs, and
we are the ones who will figure out how
we create our new normal. And one thing
I am certain of is that we will figure it out
and make it happen! And while we are
all waiting for the "go" from our leaders,
embrace the time we get to have with loved
ones. These are precious moments, and we
should all make the most of them!
May will be a time of renewal once again,
and this year the renewal will be one of the
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A Reflection of Self
CREATING YOUR HOME SANCTUARY
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that our home truly
is our sanctuary from the outside world. As I write this, I am cozied up
on the couch with my 9-year-old, who is adjusting to her new version
of “normal,” the center of which is our home. So, what can we do to
make our home more inviting, comfortable and reflective of who we are?
Whenever I feel my home is in need of a bit of sprucing up, I try to
look at it with clear eyes. What would a stranger feel when they walk
into our space? Would they see clutter, old magazines, newspapers or
schoolwork? Would they smell the salmon that we cooked for dinner last
night? Would our home be welcoming or off-putting? Think of the sense
of calm you experience when you walk into a spa or luxurious hotel. At
this time in the world, we could all use a little more ‘calm’ in our lives
and our environments.
One of the first things I do when I walk into a new space is to assess
the clutter. Clearing clutter is essential for having a welcoming, inviting
home. Now, this does not mean that you need to have to subscribe to
spare minimalism; it just means that everyday detritus is not on view for
all to see. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your home that you
do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” So, if you believe
your china bunny collection to be beautiful, then by all means, keep it!
Stylists display collections all together so that it reads as a whole and not
as a lot of competing items.
Another key element is our sense of smell. I love walking into a spa and
breathing in that healing scent of essential oils and expensive candles.
Diffusers, candles, incense, all of these have the potential to help create
a lovely environment, but they can also overwhelm. I love pairing
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When choosing scented products for your home, ask
yourself if it’s something you might experience in a
high-end spa. If not, put it back!
In creating our home as a sanctuary, one of the most
important elements is self-expression; having art on
the wall that you love, colors that speak to you, and
furnishings that are specific to your needs and wants.
All of these are important, but we can take it one step
further. If you love to cook, make sure that your kitchen
is stocked with beautiful dishes, good-quality pots and
pans, and most of all, is clear from clutter! If you love to
read, make sure you have adequate shelves and storage
space for your collection of books. If you love to paint,
set up a space in your home that allows you to indulge
in your passion. If you meditate regularly, set up a space
of calm specifically for this practice.
The most important thing to remember in creating our
own sanctuary is that our home is our own. Arrange
things how you like them. Don’t model your home after
the latest Better Homes and Gardens issue. Also, bear
in mind that sprucing up can be done on any budget.
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Heart Vs. Head
MAKING WISE DECISIONS IN YOUR DIVORCE
By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator
When facing a difficult decision, are you overcome
by your emotions or do you tend to be strictly fact
based? In my work as a mediator or lawyer for
clients facing separation and divorce, I see clients
who acknowledge their responses to settlement options may be
influenced by too much emotion. Likewise, I see clients who too
often use the phrase, “Let’s just treat this like a business” because
to delve into the emotional components of their situation would
be too painful.
When I become aware that a client seems either overly influenced
by their emotions or leaning too hard on the facts to the point of
self-sabotage, I suggest they consider the following perspective.
Imagine a spectrum for handling challenging decision-making,
with emotions on one end and facts on the other end. Wisdom
resides in the middle. In other words, wise decisions are made from
analyzing facts while paying attention to the emotional reactions
potentially triggered by those facts, and not relying on either factor
When mediation clients arrive for a scheduled meeting, I need to be
aware of their particular approach that day to be able to make sure
they are aware of how their mood may affect their decisions. Can
they sift through their emotional reactions to allow the weighing
of the facts? Just as important, can they break open their tough
fact-based shell to allow themselves to experience the emotional
impacts these decisions may be having on them? If the answer is
yes to either, chances are the issue they are contemplating will be
resolved in the best way to meet their long-term needs, because
they’ll be better able to sift through all the noise to make the wise
Two examples come to mind from my practice. The first one
involves decisions about the family home. The second one pertains
to decisions about children. With respect to the home, it is very
common for clients to come to their separation and divorce
emotionally attached to their home and unwilling to compromise
on relinquishing it at the expense of their financial security.
Obviously, holding on to a home provides a different kind of
security for them during a chaotic time in their lives. However,
this purely emotional perspective can lead to serious detrimental
financial issues in the long term.
A more fact-based approach to the issue of retaining a family home
might be presented as one or both parties believing there is no
alternative other than to immediately place the home up for sale,
without consideration of timing, effects on children, or associated
costs (whether financial or emotional) that otherwise might be
reduced if time and thought are applied to this decision.
A wise decision for the house would weigh both the practical,
financial and logistical issues along with the intangible, emotional
and other feelings-based issues so that an ultimate decision can be
made that make sense financially in both the short term and the
long term, as well as provides the comfort that a familiar home
base can provide during times of family transition.
The second example of emotional versus fact-based thinking is
when a residential schedule for the children is being decided. I
know parents want to see their children as much as possible, and
that sometimes leads to clients suggesting multiple exchanges
during a school week and/or long commutes just so a parent can
spend a few hours with their children. However, parents who
apply the wisdom approach can acknowledge everyone’s feelings,
including their children’s, while exploring the practicalities of
negatively impacting their children’s routines that keep them
healthy and successful in school, while maximizing interaction
during everyone’s time off from other responsibilities, and agreeing
to be flexible rather than adopting rigid schedules.
The bottom line is that professionals are here to help you sort
through these conflicting perspectives and find a path to wisdom.
Or as a recent phrase from my “thought a day” calendar suggests:
“Follow your heart, but take your brain with you!”
Felicia Soleil is a family law attorney and mediator located in Gig
Harbor. She helps her clients in achieving resolutions that foster both
a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy new beginning
for them and their families so they can focus on moving on, rather
than simply moving out. Felicia can be reached at 253.853.6940. All
consultations are strictly confidential.
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times they are a-changin’.”
The movement toward
telemedicine and virtual
care is being thrust upon
us urgently due to the current COVID-19
pandemic. As pets continue to require various
types of care, pet parents are now faced with
this question: How essential is it to bring
my dog or cat to the office? Many times, the
answer is easy, especially in the event of an
emergency or advanced illness. But what
if it's not an emergency or you want to get
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A lameness? A behavior consultation? That's
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Virtual visits (VV) are no longer a thing of the
past in veterinary medicine; they happen all
over the world, with many hospitals and clinics
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workflow. With just a few touches, veterinary
care can be a FaceTime or Zoom video away!
The benefits are plenty. The most timely is
that a VV minimizes COVID-19 exposure to
staff and clients and creates the ultimate social
distance. This also creates less stress and a
fear-free environment for pets and people, as
Fluffy gets to remain in his own comfortable
environment. Telemedicine use is not limited
to sick pet care. This platform can also
incorporate wellness advice, diet consultations,
behavior evaluations and much more!
Here's how it works: Call your local veterinary
clinic and request a “VV” appointment. Your
doctor will then perform a virtual physical
examination, discuss problems, diagnose, and
create a treatment plan. Keep in mind that
the technology is flexible—text, photo and
voice can provide similar value, depending on
the issue. These chats will help to determine
if your pet needs hands-on care or more
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Colin Anderson
Peninsula School District
Just a generation ago books were
checked out with a rubber stamp,
you looked up information via card
catalog, and if your school was on
the forefront of technology you started
learning computer commands in MS-DOS.
In those times screen time was shunned
in education; today it is a necessity to
prepare kids of all ages for life outside of
school. Angela May is a key educator in the
Peninsula School District when it comes
to implementing emerging technology not
just for students but for teachers as well.
“I help train staff on how to
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System called Schoology,
how to use their teaching
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how to incorporate Digital
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instruction, and much
more,” said Angela.
To put it simply, Angela’s
role is to help teachers
and staff better integrate
technology in ways that best
reach and meet the needs of
both students and staff. She does this at 15
schools throughout the district, everywhere
from elementary to high school. As a digital
learning coach, she makes sure teachers
understand the tools they are given and help
students utilize programs and technology
to further their understanding of subjects
“I’m constantly challenged, whether I have
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them trust me, and in return, they take
chances, grow and learn. It’s all been an
amazing journey,” said Angela.
With the 2020 school year ending at home
for all students, Angela’s knowledge is
proving invaluable for teachers at all levels
who are coping with a virtual classroom.
“Due to the current health crisis, I’m
finding myself involved
with helping many of
my peers, particularly in
elementary schools, get
up to speed with these
tools and platforms for
the very first time.”
While she works with so
many different kids and
adults throughout the
district, Angela’s impact is
one similar to traditional
classroom teachers. She
says it still melts her heart
when she receives a letter
five, 10, or even 15 years
after a student graduates on how impactful
she was to them. Despite focusing on a
digital world, Angela also wants everyone
around her to focus on the people and
relationships that are right in front of you.
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HOW TO HELP RESTAURANTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES
By Abigail Thorpe
The last two months have proven that things can change
in an instant, and a helping hand can go a long way. The
COVID-19 pandemic has left many local businesses and
restaurants closed or with limited hours for an unforeseen
amount of time. Here are some ways you can help support them
through the tough times.
Carry Out - Many restaurants are still offering carry-out and curbside
pickup. It’s often how they’re keeping the lights on and doors open.
Choose a different restaurant to support each week (or night if you’re
not the cooking type).
Online Orders - Many places you can still order items online and have
them shipped. So if your local store has an online shop, opt for buying
from them rather than the big box store.
Gift Cards - Gift cards are a great way to support local restaurants and
businesses, plus they’re a fun little uplifting gift for the people in your
life and a reminder that yes, these days too will pass.
Drop a Line - Not all of us have spare cash to spend during this time,
but you can show your support to small businesses in other ways.
Write a good review on Google or one of their social media sites.
They’re going to need all of the business they can get when this is over.
Be Safe - If you’re doing carry out, be cognizant of the people still
working and those coming after you. Do your part to keep things
sanitary and keep your distance—no one finds it rude to not shake
hands during these times.
Don’t Forget to Tip - Most restaurant employees rely on tips to make
up most of their income. With in-store dining closed, there’s not much
coming in. Even if you’re just doing carry-out, be extra generous and
throw in a tip—it’ll make that person’s day.
One day soon, it will be business as usual. Until then, please show your
support in whatever way you can.
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AFTER THE CALL,
STEPPED UP AND
STARTED SEWING THE
For decades, the St. Anthony’s Hospital
Auxiliary (SAHA) has provided financial
support for hospital programming through
volunteer hours and a variety of fundraisers.
Like so many other nonprofits across the country, the
COVID-19 crisis wiped out many of those scheduled
fundraisers and the ability for volunteers to meet and
interact as they did before. While raising funds might
have temporarily slowed, the group’s commitment to
service would not be, and it has embarked on a project
that is perhaps one of its most widely felt over the
course of its 70-plus-year history.
“At the beginning of this pandemic, I was called by
Mary Ragsdale, COO of St. Anthony, to see if we
would be willing to take on a project of making masks
for St. Anthony,” explained SAHA President Tina
Dacus. “'Of course,' I said yes on behalf of our group,
and from that point on we have been running.”
After the call, Auxiliary members immediately
stepped up and started sewing the protective masks.
Tina, alongside member Jone Howard, have spent
weeks purchasing fabrics and delivering sewing kits to
those who want to help out anyway they can. Masks
are all made from scratch and include the fabric
covering, elastic for the ears, a twisty tie for the nose,
and thread. The design is not the easiest, but that isn’t
slowing down production. “We have to have three
layers of fabric, a little piece of twisty tie sewn in at the
top of the nose so that it could be pinched down on
the nose for a better fit,” said Tina.
Word quickly got out and auxiliary volunteers were
soon recruiting community members who are also
graciously donating their time in making masks.
By mid-April, 40,000 had gone out not just to St.
Anthony’s but across the entire Franciscan Network
“It has been a monumental task with many wonderful
volunteers who have been sewing their hearts out. We
have recruited sewers, met in the hospital parking lot
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currently, there are other ongoing responsibilities it cannot ignore—
including Anthony’s Closet. When patients are discharged, the hospital
wants every patient leaving to be able to leave in dignity and with clean
new clothing on. “One would be surprised how many times a patient
leaves a hospital without the clothing they came in with,” said Tina.
In January alone, 36 patients required 80 articles of clothing from
Anthony's Closet, and the SAHA pays for these clothes out of its budget.
The clothing is brand new sweatpants, T-shirts and underwear. “We have
also just added new shoes to our inventory because the hospital requested
that of us,” said Tina.
With fundraisers canceled, donations to the SAHA are now more
important than ever. Monetary donations help volunteers to not only
keep Anthony’s Closest stocked but to continue to purchase materials
for much-needed facial protection for frontline medical workers, who
put themselves most at risk while treating patients and saving lives.
Membership packets can be found at StAnthonysFoundation.org under
the Auxiliary tab. Here you can also get in contact with board members
to see what additional volunteer opportunities are available.
There are many ways to give. Financially you can make a one-time
donation, pay tribute to a loved one, set up an annual gift or other
planned giving. There are also multiple opportunities to volunteer your
time in service to your community. Reach out to SAHA and they can help
find an opportunity that best fits your abilities and availability.
What shouldn’t surprise most in this tight-knit community is that when
the call went out for help, people stepped up to answer the call. Neighbors
helping neighbors—and even those they might never meet or see—is the
sign of a truly special community. For Tina, it’s a situation she could have
never imagined, but the response is something she will take with her long
after the virus has passed.
“It has been truly awe-inspiring for me to see. I am a hugger and have
wanted to hug these wonderful women as these masks have been dropped
off but, of course, we cannot hug during these times of social distancing.”
Life will eventually return to normal. Board meetings and fundraisers will
resume, and the Auxiliary will continue its mission to provide financial
support through fundraising and service to St. Anthony’s Hospital. Tina
and all of the SAHA members wish to extend their deepest gratitude to
everyone who has volunteered their time and says more than just a pat
on the back is waiting for them, once they are able to embrace again. “We
can't even throw a party to thank these wonderful people. But, we will.
At some point we will.”
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relationships. Each one is different.
There are romances that blossom
into lifelong marriages. There
are the relationships that we have with our
children; first we care for them and then
they care for us. There’s the ebb and flow of
acquaintances; we wave to our local grocer
and chat with our neighbors. There are the
trust-filled relationships that naturally develop
out of vulnerability: our therapists, dentists
and doctors. We have enemies. And we have
It would be impossible to say which relationship
is more vital. Depending on where we are, or
where we’re going, each relationship proves
itself essential somehow. Well, maybe our
enemies aren’t especially important. However,
our friendships certainly are! Our friendships
mark their importance by their sense of equal
footing, of fair play. It is in our friendships
that we get together solely to laugh, play and
remember. The Gig Harbor Senior Center is
just such a place, “where seniors can meet with
their peers,” says the Director of the Senior
Center Joyce Schultz. This is why the center is
so vital. It’s simply a place to hang, to make new
friends and to meet on common ground. From
that common ground it’s often that seniors start
their own breakfast or coffee groups outside
the center. The Gig Harbor Senior Center is
truly a place that seniors can call their own.
This May marks the one-year anniversary
of the adoption of the Senior Center by
the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. Since
the foundation included the Senior Center
under its umbrella, the center has benefited
by its recognition as a viable community
organization. Under the umbrella of the
Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the center
has begun fundraising, bought insurance and
signed a lease for a new location. Under the
GGHF it benefits from 501(c)3 status, which
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means it has access to fiscal funds and a board
of directors. With the additional resources they
were able to hire coordinator Heidi Henson,
re-build activities, grow their membership and
facilitate community interaction. That’s a lot in
Last year the Senior Center was held in the Boys
and Girls Club. When that location became
unavailable to them, the center met with GGHF
in the hopes that the center could be saved.
Since signing with the foundation, the center
has had the privilege of meeting in the Peninsula
Lutheran Church four days a week. It is en route
to finding a permanent location. Because of the
vital partnership with the Greater Gig Harbor
Foundation, there is a framework in place for
forward movement. Where before the center
was restricted by a lack of resources, now they
are free to dream.
At least, they were dreaming. And they will
dream again. The recent pandemic, however,
has forced the Senior Center to think outside
the box. Seniors have suddenly become reliant
on technology to combat loneliness, order
groceries, receive medical advice, stay up to date
on current news and access general community
resources. There are plenty of apps available built
for communication and increased resources,
like FaceTime, WhatsApp and Zoom. But
seniors are not familiar with these. The Senior
Center has put together social media tutorials as
well as personally called each of their members
to connect them with greater resources.
The Senior Center website is being used as a
platform for activity, with videos on music,
read-along groups, educational speakers, and
exercise. As for more practical needs, the
Senior Center has teamed up with Catholic
Community Services to provide free lunches to
seniors twice a week. The Senior Center is also
facilitating a Silver Support Shoppers program.
This program connects volunteer personal
shoppers with seniors unable to make it to the grocery store, due to the
current (as of press time) stay-home stay-safe mandates.
It is inspiring how the Gig Harbor community has come along the Senior
Center with everything from volunteers to providing food and resources
for seniors. The community has enabled the center to reach beyond its
members to impact all the seniors in the community. The Senior Center
is not an isolated program. This out-of-the-box thinking, and willingness
to partner with the community, shows just how attentive the center is to
the needs of Gig Harbor as a whole. It’s that spirit of innovation that will
continue to impact the greater community in the future.
The Senior Center defines success by its capacity for leadership, service,
engagement, innovation, remembrance and a greater quality of life.
Leadership is an expected trait in the Senior Center, and members are
encouraged to engage with their membership to bring about the center
that they want to see. Service is seen through the quality of the programs
offered to seniors through the center, from conversational French to Thai
Chi classes. Engagement is seen in the willingness of members to involve
themselves in civic service; seniors are recognized as an active and vital
part of a thriving community. The center's capacity for innovation has
already been outlined but is further seen in the variety of activities that
cater to a variety of interests. The Senior Center honors the vitality and
accomplishments of its members by listening. Each of these standards
brings about a greater quality of life for every member, which is the greatest
sign of success.
The Senior Center is always working at being a successful community
asset for seniors using the guidelines for success listed above. Membership
provides for a sense of ownership, prompting a greater level of engagement
in the vitality of its community. Every member owns and contributes a piece
of the overall quality of every program. However, most seniors are on a fixed
income; the cost of membership is a very low yearly charge, and no senior is
turned away from lack of monetary resources. For that reason, membership
does not even begin to cover overhead. As such, the center is incumbent
on its community for success. With our support, the Senior Center will
continue to be an active vehicle for a greater community; a community
where every member, no matter their age, thrives.
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May is the time many Gig Harbor locals mark their calendars
and prepare for a day trap shooting at the Pull for a
Soldier event. This year, due to COVID-19, the event is
rescheduled for October 30, giving us all a little extra time
to sharpen our aim. This year marks the fourth year of the event, started
by the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation with community leader
and former board member Scott Sabo, owner of LaborWorks.
Sabo wanted to contribute to helping provide better outcomes and
alternative measures for vets returning from service. It was a cause that
particularly struck a chord with him, as his father was a Vietnam War vet.
He enjoyed trap shooting and thought it would make a good fundraising
and community event for the foundation, and so Pull for a Soldier was
“What’s cool about the Pull for a Soldier is you don’t have to have any real
experience,” says Permission to Start Dreaming Founding Director Leslie
Mayne. “The wonderful men at the Sportsman’s Club, they're all trainers.
It’s competitive as well, but anyone can do it.” The event is always held on
a Friday and is a great opportunity for companies to get their employees
together for a worthy cause.
Permission to Start Dreaming started with its first event in 2011: Race for
a Soldier. “It was an attempt to not only get community involved and offer
an opportunity for people to run an event as a challenge to themselves
but also to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” says Mayne.
In 2010, Mayne was facing the loss of her son as a result of PTSD and
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understand that we had far too many men and women that were serving
our country and we were not receiving them as we should,” recalls
Mayne. “When they were coming home, we were not managing their
mental health and wellness.”
Post 9/11 saw an extraordinary level of suicide and reckless behavior
from veterans returning home, and there were few programs to address
the underlying issues. Mayne felt there had to be an alternative way to
address the crisis, and she started Permission to Start Dreaming.
The organization soon realized that first responders suffered a similar
type of trauma, and expanded to include law enforcement, firefighters
and other first responders in their programs, with a mission to help
them realize they still had hope. “They can still live a life of passion and
purpose. It doesn’t have to be your life sentence,” says Mayne. “There can
be great growth from traumatic events if you find the right resources.”
Besides the Pull for a Soldier, the organization offers three other events
each year: Swing for a Soldier on July 6 at Canterwood Golf and Country
Club; Race for a Soldier on September 13, with half marathon, 10-mile
and 5k runs to help support veterans and first responders; and the annual
Prayer Breakfast featuring individual speakers. This year’s will be on
September 11 and open to the entire community. It will be an incredibly
moving morning, says Mayne. “Every soldier has a story. The more they
tell their stories, the more our community comes to understand what it
means to put on that uniform and go serve.”
Money raised from the events goes to help support Permission to Start
Dreaming and its many services. The organization offers monthly
huddles in Gig Harbor and Tacoma and plans to start one in Bremerton
as well. Huddles are opportunities for veterans and first responders to
find community and healing. “You come as you are, there’s no judgment,”
The huddles also help the foundation reach individuals who need more
resources and help. They now provide a mental health professional
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Monochromatic (adj.) containing or using only one color.
Contrary to popular belief, monochromatic does not
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cardigan or sweater. You could also make the third piece an
accessory like a scarf, belt, hat or headband. Black shoes are
required to complete this outfit. Put them all on together,
and you now have yourself a monochromatic outfit. Also,
colors this spring
and summer include
pistachio green, scarlet
red, orange peel and
do not get the idea that a monochromatic outfit
has to be bottoms and a top. It could very well be
a dress paired with accessories or layering pieces
of the same color.
White is another easy place to start on putting
together a monochromatic outfit. If you feel
confident enough, try out a bold color. Personally,
I organize my closet by color. Organizing in this
way makes it easy for me to see what color I have
most of. I have a lot of pink in my wardrobe
since it is my favorite color. I was easily able to
put together a pink monochromatic look that is
fun and bright for summer. Other trending colors
this spring and summer include pistachio green,
scarlet red, orange peel and faded blue.
If you are wanting to go shopping for the
monochromatic trend, many stores sell pieces
that were made to go together. Two-piece sets
make easy monochromatic outfits, since you
already have two of the three items you’ll need.
Keep in mind that your shoes are important too in
this monochromatic trend. If you have a specific
pair of shoes you want to color coordinate with,
then bring them along shopping.
Need help putting together your monochromatic
outfit? Pinterest and Like to Know It are two good
sites to look at for inspiration! You can also find
me on Instagram @oliviamichelle.h, and I’d be
happy to help.
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ACIDS IN SKIN CARE
Sound scary? The truth about acids and the health benefits to your skin
By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician
Many people wrinkle their nose or cringe when I mention
acid treatments for treating certain skin conditions. They
imagine skin melting or psychedelic narcotics. The acids I’m
recommending are medical-grade products containing acid
solutions used in aesthetic treatments for various benefits. I am a big fan
of chemical peels and at-home skin-care regimens containing acids. They
keep my acne-prone skin clear and (now at the age of 40) keep those pesky
wrinkles to a minimum.
Let’s discuss a few, what they are used for and, if used properly, what the
benefits are to your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: Also called hyaluronan or HA, hyaluronic acid is a waterbinding
carbohydrate cell found in the body. It attracts and retains water,
keeping your skin moist and supple. Sun exposure is the main culprit for the
reduction of the body's natural production of HA, leaving the skin to appear
wrinkled and dehydrated. You can increase the HA in your skin by ingesting
it in supplement form, applying topically to the face, neck and decollete, or
via injection by your aesthetic provider. The results are hydrated, plump, firm
and glowing skin!
Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHAs are water-soluble acids, derived from fruits,
which dissolve or peel away the outermost layers of the epidermis, which is
mostly composed of dead skin cells. This process allows the skin to breath
and generate new, healthy skin cells. Skin conditions treated with alpha
hydroxy acids include age spots, melasma, texture, fine lines and enlarged
pore size. Examples of AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid.
The result: smoother, brighter and more even skin tone.
Beta Hydroxy Acids: BHAs are oil-soluble acids, which penetrate deeper into
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For instance, maybe you have combination
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along the jawline, but the skin on your cheeks
and under-eye area are dry and sun damaged.
A combination of AHAs and BHAs could be
used during a chemical peel treatment with a
post treatment and at-home regimen containing
hyaluronic acid for moisture retention.
There are many options for the use of acids in
your skin-care routine. Talk to your skin-care
provider about which combination or treatment
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THE IMPORTANCE OF
WHOLENESS IN THERAPY
By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L
In the previous installments, I have provided a brief history about
the occupational therapy profession, the philosophy of treating
the whole person by using meaningful activities that improve
function, and performance of self-care tasks from infancy to final
stages of life. This a wholistic approach, the opposite is reductionistic,
and unfortunately, the latter is the most typical practice model.
Reductionism does not promote lasting results because our bodies are
a part of a complex system that is interdependent. Additionally, we are
also interconnected with our environment and other people in our lives.
Ideally, what occupational therapy (OT) is designed to do is to address
all aspects of a person who has experienced an event that has fractured
the wholeness of interconnectedness within their body, environment,
and has affected the dynamics of relationships in their support system.
When a person does not feel well because of a headache after an accident,
they tend to isolate, they can be irritable, and may not be able to work
or go to school. When one considers all the ramifications of whiplash,
concussion or a childhood sensory integration dysfunction, it becomes
clear that the patient is not the only one suffering.
Occupational therapy views wellness as a choice one makes toward
living a healthy and productive life, free of dependency in self-care
due to illness or as a result of injuries. Wellness is proactivity in action,
directed by goals established by each person (client-centered therapy).
It is dynamic and evolves throughout the stages of recovery and growth
(in the case of children with disabilities). No other individual physical or
mental rehabilitation discipline addresses all aspects of human potential
involving the physical, mental and psycho-social well-being of a patient
in a self-directed plan of care for achieving a person’s full potential by
overcoming limited capacity for rehabilitation due to a pre-existing
Patients who have a limited capacity for wholeness are often people
with one or many pre-existing conditions (comorbidities) that inhibit
the success of therapy when only addressing one specific condition.
For example, when a person who has Parkinson’s is referred to physical
rehabilitation for movement correction has a rotator cuff injury,
peripheral neuropathy (numbness) in their feet or bunions. All these
dysfunctions will affect arm swing and impair walking. To only address
movement retraining without mitigating the other issues limits the
patient’s capacity for achieving their rehabilitation goals.
The assessment process must be inclusive of all conditions and the
support team, but the MVP is the patient. Ultimately, it is up to the
patient to be diligent to do the work between therapy sessions. Often,
patients need the support of their family or caregivers to help them get
started and to watch that the exercises are done safely and appropriately.
At Integrative Therapeutic Solutions, we are part of that support system
because we want to see our patients succeed. Therapy does not provide
cures, only opportunities for wholeness.
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THE POSITIVES OF PETS
THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FURRY FRIEND
BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE
Many people consider pets to
be part of their family, so
when an individual makes the
choice to live in an assisted
living community, it’s only natural that they’ll
want to bring their pet along. Luckily, many
communities allow their residents to bring
their dog, cat, bird, fish or other animal with
them, which can in turn bring residents
mental, emotional and physical well-being.
It’s easy to feel lonely in a new and unfamiliar
living situation. You may be surrounded by
an exciting host of activities and people, but
being able come home to the unconditional
love and camaraderie of your beloved pet can
still make a huge impact on your happiness
and comfort in a new environment. Pets
also create great opportunities to meet new
people—you’ll always have a walking buddy
and someone to greet you at the door.
A recent study monitored the behaviors of
long-term care residents who experienced
therapy-based pet interaction versus those
who did not. The results showed that people
exposed to animals were more likely to
participate in long conversations, while those
who did not were more likely to have brief
Sense of Security
According to a study from the National
Health Call Center, the vast majority of those
living in assisted living communities said that
they feel an increased sense of security having
their pets near. Moving into a new community
is a big change for anyone, and you’ll feel more
secure with Fluffy or Fido around. Dogs in
particular can give owners a sense of security
while out and about in public. A study from
the Journal of Human-Animal Studies found
that more than 80 percent of pet owners feel
safer in public areas when their animals are
Nurturing Your Health
Research shows that caring for a pet has a
multitude of emotional and physical benefits.
Caring for a pet promotes overall well-being,
helping us live longer, happier and healthier
lives. All pets—not just certified therapy
animals—reduce stress, lower blood pressure
and decrease depression. One research project
found that pet owners older than 65 visited
the hospital 21 percent less often than those
They also learned that the presence of a
therapy dog decreased agitation in people
with Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially
during the late afternoon and early evening,
a time that can often lead to an increase in
confusion and agitation for people living with
Many senior living communities welcome
four-legged friends because they understand
the importance of pets and the benefits pets
bring residents. When choosing an assisted
living community that fits your lifestyle
and needs, don’t forget to take your pet into
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CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
PLANTS AS HEALERS
BY JEFF PUFNOCK L.AC. PH.D. AND JESSICA YOUNGS L.AC.
Throughout history, people from
every culture appreciated that
plants growing around them were
not only a source of food but
also a source of healing. The knowledge of
which plants to use and how to use them was
often transmitted orally from generation to
generation by a respected medicine elder.
With the advent of Western medicine, this
knowledge informed the creation of the first
pharmaceutical medications, most of which
were originally purified plant substances.
Some original examples of these plantderived
pharmaceuticals include morphine
from opium poppies, quinine from the bark
of the cinchona tree and aspirin from willow
The advancement of the Chinese written
language enabled them to be the earliest
civilization to extensively document the
medicinal use of plants. As early as 200 BC,
the Chinese had created a detailed materia
medica that collected the oral traditional
uses of 365 agricultural and medicinal plants.
This materia medica now lists more than
10,000 plants and natural substances, and
Chinese herbal medicines are an important
complement to modern medical care in
China. This tradition of herbal medicine
has been used for thousands of years to
treat epidemics and most recently proved
to be effective to lessen the severity of the
COVID-19 outbreak (1) as well as the SARS
outbreak (2) when used alongside Western
medical interventions. Chinese herbal
medicine is beginning to gain traction in the
United States, and hospitals with integrative
medicine centers such as the Cleveland
Clinic and Johns Hopkins are now offering
Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture in
conjunction with Western treatments.
Chinese herbal medicine differs from
standardized herbal supplements due to
the method of their prescription. Rarely
prescribed individually, Chinese herbs are
instead combined together in formulas
usually composed of five to 12 herbs. Herbal
formula recipes from ancient medicinal texts
are still studied and replicated today due to
their time-tested effectiveness and masterful
understanding of herbal combinations.
The precise dosages of the specific herbs
composing the formula are essential to create
a synergistic treatment effect not possible
if the herbs are taken out of the context of
the formula. This allows Chinese herbal
formulas to have very precise effects in the
Rather than focusing on the ‘antiviral’ or
‘antibacterial’ compounds present in herbs,
Chinese herbal medicines instead categorize
herbs based on their empirical effects on
the processes and energetics of the body.
A common example is cinnamon, which is
a warming herb that can be used to induce
sweating. These principles allow herbal
formulas to be tailored to each individual’s
constitution and the specific energetic
adjustments necessary to allow them to clear
their illness and reach a state of wellness. This
philosophy is part of the inherent strength of
Chinese herbal medicines and why herbal
prescriptions for the same illness often differ
from person to person.
In our time of modernization and
biotechnology, it is important to honor the
ancient wisdom of plant medicine and the
teachings of the medicine people who shared
their knowledge with us for the benefit of
References: 1. (2020). Retrieved 20 March
2020, from Scio.gov.cn/xwfbh/xwbfbh/
wqfbh/42311/42560/index.htm. 2. Leung, P.
(2007). The Efficacy of Chinese Medicine for
SARS: A Review of Chinese Publications After
the Crisis. The American Journal Of Chinese
Medicine, 35(04), 575-581. doi: 10.1142/
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF FISHER HOUSE JBLM
Like every element of normal life, the shelter-in-place order for residents of Washington state to prevent the spread of COVID-19 impacted the
mission of a local nonprofit group that was organized to provide a safe haven for veterans and their families to stay while the soldier receives
treatment at the medical facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
In compliance with guidance and restrictions ordered by the Department of Defense, the national offices of Fisher House in Rockville, Maryland,
closed during the second week of April. That left the task of helping the families of injured and disabled veterans of the military up to the staff, which
currently rotates and is in the home once a week to restock the home and check on the families at each location.
The Fisher House that serves military families stationed at JBLM established strict guidelines for accepting donations that included holding all items in
quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The guidelines are part of the national program to contain
the virus through the federal government.
“We are not in a position to turn away donations, and we certainly do not want to give the impression that we are not grateful, but the health of the
soldiers, their families and members of our staff have to take precedence,” said one volunteer.
Families who inquired about what assistance was available during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history were directed to The Friends
of Fisher House Puget Sound (FisherHouseVAPS.org), where volunteers responded to an unusually high number of emails and phone calls.
“We continue to keep our nation’s promise and obligation to those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” another volunteer added. “With a little
help we will continue to raise funds and increase awareness of the quiet trauma that wounded veterans face every day.”
The Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound was established in 2006 “to ease the burden of past and present military and veteran families during difficult
The VA Puget Sound Fisher House in Seattle, which opened its doors
in 2008, is managed by Carrie Booker. She oversees the operation of
the temporary home for veterans while they receive treatment in a
quiet home-like setting adjacent to the medical center.
In Booker’s words, love is good medicine. Fisher House receives
only a small percentage of its operating budget from the federal
government, the majority of its funding comes from individual
donations and organizations like the Friends of Fisher House Puget
Volunteers who work throughout the year to reduce the anxiety that
comes with having a loved one in the hospital have continued to
provide love and support for the families at Fisher House. Veterans
like Andy Fairchok have answered the call in the best way he knows.
Fairchok was in the military for 27 years and now operates the Old
Soldier Distillery. He donates all of the tips he collects from the
tasting room on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma to the JBLM Fisher
House and adds them to donations from patrons and business
owners in Tacoma.
“There is so much more we can do to help such a great cause. It’s just
a matter of getting the word out, and people are eager to help,” said
The distillery proprietor used by-products from his operation to
make hand sanitizer that was distributed throughout the community
early in the month. Later in April, Fairchok and his staff delivered
$1,500 worth of diapers and baby formula to families at Fisher
For Fairchok, reaching out to help veterans has been a family affair.
His wife, Mary, served 14 years as a doctor at the Madigan Army
Medical Center, located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Other
members of his family were employed to frame the newest addition
to the Fisher House.
He was reluctant to reflect how much Fisher House has impacted
any individual soldier over the years he has been associated with
the facility, but noted one veteran of the war in Afghanistan was so
inspired by the kindness she received that she returned to the facility
on Gardner Loop to volunteer hours of her own time to help others.
The local Fisher House in Tacoma has served almost 21,000 families.
Staff at the facility have served 168 coalition families from 27
countries for an average stay of five days. More than 2,800 of the
individuals who have received care at the local facility have been
veterans of the fighting in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
The Tacoma complex typically provides home to seven families at
Fisher House I and 10 families at Fisher House II. They average 10
families a month, and occupancy is around 70 percent.
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The task of remaining open and available to serve active duty,
reserve/guard and veterans and their families requires dedication
from a small army of volunteers. Since it opened, the Fisher House
that serves JBLM has remained open with help from almost 30,000
volunteers who have donated almost 92,000 hours of time, according
to the Friend’s website.
The Joint Base Lewis McChord Fisher House opened in 1992 in
order to provide a space for military families receiving treatment
at Madigan Army Medical Center, with a second Fisher House on
JBLM opening its doors in 2015.
“We use the one we have now just about every day to capacity,” said
commander of the Madigan Army Medical Center Col. Michael
Place at the dedication ceremonies for the second residential
The second Fisher House at JBLM was dedicated to the memory
of Gen. John Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff who retired to nearby Steilacoom and served on the Fisher
House Board of Trustees.
The Fisher House program was established in 1990 by Zachary
Fisher, a New York real estate investor and major philanthropic
benefactor for the men and women in the United States Armed
Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations, and
his wife, Elizabeth. There are currently 86 Fisher Houses located on
25 military installations and 37 VA medical centers, with many more
houses under construction or in design.
Their stated goal was to provide “a loving safe place for families to
call home while their loved ones received care in the hospital.”
Zachary Fisher was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in
1998. One year later President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 106-
161 that honored the philanthropist status as an honorary veteran in
the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Zachary Fisher was a kind man,” recalled Vivian Wilson, who
managed the first Fisher House near the Navy base in Bethesda
Naval Hospital in Maryland. “When we first opened, he called
weekly to find out if there was anything that was needed and wanted
to know what the families thought about the house.”
Wilson said Fisher always asked what else could be done to make the
veterans more comfortable.
“People brought him joy,” said Wilson. “And he especially loved to
help those who protected his freedom.”
Each Fisher House has between seven and 21 suites that can
accommodate 16 to 42 family members. Every location features a
common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining rooms and a
living room with library and toys for children. The newest houses
are handicap accessible that include elevators.
Since first being established nearly 30 years ago, Fisher houses
across the country have gained a reputation for developing a sense
of community among families during dark times. The bonds are
enhanced with common areas that provide space for families to care
for each other while they share common experiences.
According to the organization’s website, Fisher houses across the
country have saved military families an estimated $282 million in
out-of-pocket lodging and transportation expenses. When they are
at capacity, new applicants are given vouchers to local hotels to save
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during an emergency situation.
Guest rooms at Fisher House have a maximum
capacity of four persons. According to a
statement released by Fisher House, referrals
with more than four guests cannot be
accommodated. A separate program titled
“Hotel for Heroes” places eligible patients and
their families in local hotels and is available
when the number of patients and their families
exceeds the capacity of the Fisher House.
The residences have been designed to provide
temporary housing and are not a treatment
center. The residential units are available to
active and retired military personnel, active
duty reservists and members of the National
Guard as well as anybody receiving inpatient
treatment at the VA hospital.
Exemptions can be made for soldiers and their
families who live more than 40 miles from a
medical treatment facility. House managers at
each site have the authority to allow families
of patients in Intensive Care or the Palliative
Care units of the hospital on a case-by-case
A Wishlist of Needs
The JBLM Fisher House posts a Wishlist of
items most needed by families in the facility.
The current list includes an extensive catalog
of food items that ranges from basics like
personal hygiene items, flour, cereal and bread
to single-sized snacks and coffee. It also includes
items that cannot be accepted during this time,
such as used toys and games, stuffed animals
The full Wishlist is available at FisherHouse-
Despite assurances from Fairchok that their
identity would be protected, no current
residents would agree to be interviewed for
this article. However, Staff Sgt. Ken Lambes
did agree to be quoted in a military publication
about the four times he and his family utilized
the Fisher House.
Current Families served: More
than 32,000 in 2019
Daily capacity: 1,100 families
Total Families served: More
than 450,000 since inception
Total number of lodging days
offered: 9 million +
Lambes is a member of the JBLM ‘s 42nd
Military Police Brigade who took his teenage
son to the military hospital.
“The Fisher House really makes the nightmare
of special treatment easier for families,” he said.
Lambes was apparently so overwhelmed by the
treatment he and his family received at Fisher
House that he returned during the same year to
invite many of the families at Fisher House to
his own home for Thanksgiving dinner.
The family of an Oregon National Guard soldier
wounded in Iraq more than a dozen years ago
described Fisher House as “a beautiful bridge
that makes bringing together a family so much
easier even in heavy hearted moments of life.”
The obligation to care for veterans and active
duty and their families who have sacrificed
to defend the freedom that Americans enjoy
remains the top priority for the caregivers
at Fisher House and the scores of volunteers
committed to making veterans and their
families’ stay as pleasant as possible.
As a precaution, mail addressed to patients
currently receiving treatment is not being
delivered. “Mail will be processed once
restrictions are lifted and staff members
can safely report to work,” said a statement
released by the Fisher House.“Thank you for
your support as we navigate this challenge.”
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Spring is here, the stars are out, and we’re all ready for some
outdoor adventure. The Northwest boasts some of the country's
most beautiful spots to camp—from craggy oceanside haunts to
peaceful lakefront retreats, there are great adventures to be had
within an easy day’s drive. Here are some of the best the PNW has to offer.
Paradise Creek Campground
Situated where Paradise Creek and Wind River come together near
Carson, Washington, Paradise Creek sits in the Gifford Pinchot National
Forest. The old growth trees create a peaceful environment, and the
campground is fairly remote. The Falls Creek Falls trailhead is only 5
miles away, and the campground serves as a prime base for exploring
trails and viewpoints around Mount Saint Helens and Mt. Adams.
Priest Lake State Park
A 19-mile-long pristine lake 30 miles from the Canadian border, Priest
Lake boasts pristine crystal waters and various campgrounds situated on
various parts of the lakeshore. Priest Lake is considered one of North
Idaho’s most beautiful lakes, nestled in the Selkirk Mountains. With
boating, fishing and hiking right at hand, there is plenty to do. Natural
rock slides are a drive and short hike north of the lake, and there are
plentiful trails and day trips around the area to choose from. Keep in
mind camp spots often sell out months in advance, so plan ahead.
Moran State Park
Situated on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of
Washington, this state park is a favorite of many. Miles of woodland,
lakeside hiking trails and several campgrounds on the shores of Cascade
Lake make this a camper’s dream. Mount Constitution rises above
nearly half a mile, with views of Mount Baker, the North Cascades and
the islands of the San Juan Archipelago easily visible from the 1930’s
watchtower that sits on top. MoranStatePark.com
White River Falls
A remote forest service campground along the White River, this spot
is worth the drive. Situated about 11 miles north of Lake Wenatchee
in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the campground is
fairly small—only five spots. It doesn’t have RV hookups or potable
water and only boasts two vault toilets, but the setting right near
the falls is beautiful. Two more campgrounds back down the
road a few miles offer alternative stays if the campground is full.
Heyburn State Park
Three lakes and acres of meadows and Ponderosa Pines
mark the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest.
There are three campgrounds in the park, located just
over 30 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Hawleys
Landing Campground and Chatcolet Campground are
available for reservations, and Benewah Campground is
first come, first served. Many hiking and biking trails
are easily accessible from the park, including the “Trail
of the Coeur d’Alenes,” which runs directly through the
Lake Chelan State Park
A family favorite destination in Central Washington,
this 139-acre campground offers lots of lake access,
sandy shoreline and activity. Amenities like showers,
restrooms and picnic areas make this an easy summer
camping spot for the whole family. Paddleboard and
kayak rentals are available if you don’t have your own—
or want to haul it. Set out to explore the North Cascades
or relax by the lakeshore and enjoy some fun in the sun.
Farragut State Park
This 4,000-acre park was once a naval training station during WWII.
Situated on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene
Mountains, it is a breathtaking location with ample opportunities for
camping, fishing, swimming and boating.
Stop by the Museum at the Brig for a history of the place, then head out
for a hike on some of the more than 40 miles of trails the park offers.
A hike up Bernard Peak offers a spectacular view of the park and lake.
Cape Disappointment State Park
A 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, Cape
Disappointment State Park sits on the Pacific Ocean near the mouth of
the Columbia River. This place is steeping in history, like Captain John
Meares' first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia River, Lewis and
Clark’s explorations, and crumbling WWII defenses. You can explore the
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with its interactive exhibit, gaze at old
lighthouses or hike the many trails in the area. The coastline presents
its own attractions, including clam digging and salmon and crab fishing.
Deception Pass State Park
Three freshwater lakes and 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline make this
a water lover's paradise. Deception Pass is Washington’s most popular
state park, and for good reason. Situated along two islands—Fidalgo and
Whidbey—it is a breathtakingly beautiful location, boasting incredible
sunsets, fresh and sea water activities, jagged cliffs and peaceful coves.
Note: A two-year project to restore and repair the Deception Pass Bridge
and Canoe Pass Bridge is still underway, so expect increased traffic and
construction noise. Parks.State.WA.us/497/deception-pass
* Due to the COVID-19 virus, as of press time, many campgrounds are
temporarily closed. Make sure to verify the park is open before planning
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BY TAYLOR SHILLAM
The long-awaited spring season has arrived, and the
ample opportunity to enjoy every season outdoors is
undoubtedly a highlight of life in the Pacific Northwest.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply craving
some fresh air, the region has a lot to offer for those looking to
explore this spring. The landscapes within the Northwest offer
destinations perfect for a day trip to a nearby peak, shorter trips to
accessible family friendly hikes, and enough in between to satisfy
adventurers of every level.
The most easily accessed mountain area within the Olympic
National Park, Hurricane Ridge boasts an assortment of trails
available to the public beginning in May. On a clear day, a hike to
Hurricane Hill provides breathtaking views of Mount Olympus,
Canada, and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, while immersing
hikers in local plant life, such as the avalanche lilies and Indian
Paintbrush flowers. For more information on planning a trip
there, hikers can begin at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center,
open year-round, or access the Hurricane Ridge Hiking Guide on
For an impressive view of Mount Rainier and the chance to check
one of Washington’s most infamous hikes off your list, look to
Mailbox Peak. Its namesake has been established since about 1960,
when the director of a Lutheran camp near the base of the summit
brought a mailbox to the top. He challenged campers to make the
climb to the mailbox, signing the registry left inside for proof. The
trail has sinced evolved, and while the old path to the top has been
mostly described as “grueling” and "intense,” the new 8.3-mile trail
has made the mailbox more accessible than ever before. Hikers can
cross over creeks and switchbacks to reach the iconic mailbox, and
with it, a 360-degree view of the Cascades, Downtown Seattle, and
of course, Mount Rainier. Spring is the perfect time to see the peak
covered in blooming wildflowers.
Granite Mountain Trail
Recommended for experienced hikers, the Granite Mountain Trail
is a challenging one totaling just over 8 miles in distance and 3,700
feet in elevation gain. Located near North Bend and Snoqualmie
Pass, this trail is safest to traverse in the late spring and summer,
when the snow has melted down. Hikers can follow a fairly steep
trail (poles are often recommended here), passing by meadows,
boulders and huckleberry bushes until reaching a destination that
culminates in views of Crystal Lake, Kaleetan Peak and Mount
Near Riverbend, Washington, the moderately challenging 2-mile
Rattlesnake Ledge trail culminates in a fantastic view of Rattlesnake
Lake, North Bend and their surrounding landscapes. Along the
way, hikers will traverse a path lined with moss-covered boulders
and lush forestry. Upon reaching their primary destination, hikers
have the option to see more by taking additional connecting paths
to spots including the large craggy rock portion of Rattlesnake
Ledge. There, hikers are advised to watch their footing along the
uneven pathway, but the longer look at the grand vista views are
ultimately worth the extended adventure.
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Palouse Falls State Park
The designated state waterfall of
Washington, Palouse Falls was created by
the Ice Age thousands of years ago. The scenic gorge and waterfall, formed
just upstream of the convergence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers, are
surrounded by 94 acres of state park in a remote area perfect for a spring
Riverside State Park Loop and Bowl & Pitcher
Located in Spokane and one of Eastern Washington’s best-known trails,
the Riverside State Park loop is an easy 3.7-mile trek through the woods.
The park itself is 9 miles from Spokane and has over 55 miles of trails to
choose from, with a variety to please every category of hiker, from casual
Also within Riverside State Park is the path to Bowl & Pitcher, a famed 2.1-
mile loop that begins with a suspension bridge. Along the bridge and trail,
hikers can admire views of the valley and rock features along the banks of
the Spokane River. Choose from two trails (upstream or downstream) to
complete the loop, guided by views of the river lining the way.
Liberty Lake Loop
Near the Washington/Idaho state line, the 8-mile Liberty Lake loop can be a
challenging one, with its noticeable elevation change and dense landscape.
It does provide route options ranging from the shorter, flatter Split Creek
Loop, to the full route taking hikers through a forest to view the Liberty
Creek Falls; however, with the best view of the falls available in the spring,
visitors can be assured that the full loop is worth the experience.
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This iconic hiking and running spot in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike. At 2.2 miles, the trail isn’t a long one, but can
easily be made into a day of enjoying what the popular tourist destination is known for, including its spectacular scenery and gorgeous lake. Next
to McEuen Park and the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the trail around Tubbs Hill offers incredible overlooks of the water throughout, with plenty of beach
spots for lakeside activity along the way. Runners often take their routine to the trail and cool off near the lake.
For additional information and local hike inspiration, look to the Washington Trail Association (WTA) at WTA.org and All Trails at AllTrails.com.
The WTA has provided safety recommendations on their website based on COVID-19 mandates. All Trails can be accessed online, or through their
mobile app, perfect for quick use when a spontaneous day hike calls your name.
Northwest locals are blessed with endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors each spring. When it’s safe to do so, an endeavor to these top hiking
destinations are sure to rejuvenate you, and your love for the region.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED ADVENTURING
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
Outdoor adventures are just around the corner, and we’ve made it simple for you and laid out the
essentials you’ll need before partaking on your next adventure.
This one’s a given, but it’s really important
when it comes to hiking and camping
that you bring the right clothing.
Temperatures can often fluctuate greatly
in a day, so layering is essential. Stay away
from cotton, particularly for your base
layer, as it can stay cold and damp. Opt
for water-wicking, fast-drying materials
like nylon or polyester. Bring a jacket and
waterproof layer in case the rain moves
in, and don’t forget extra socks, some
good sturdy shoes for hiking, and gloves
and a hat should you need them.
Campsites get dark—really dark—at night, so
you’ll need to bring your own light source. A
flashlight works well for getting around camp,
but a head lamp can help free up your hands
for doing tasks like cooking and setting up, and
can also come in handy for midnight trips to
the bathroom or evening walks, hikes or bike
rides. If you have the space, a camp lantern
adds some extra ambiance and helps brighten
up the campsite. You can choose between
electric and fuel-burning models—electric has
a long battery life, is quiet and exhaust free,
and the only thing you’ll need to replace are the
batteries. Fuel-burning models offer more light,
but they require gas to burn, and can’t be used
in small, unventilated spaces.
We’re all so reliant on our phone or
car GPS these days that we often forget
good old navigation techniques—and
tools. Many camping spots (particularly
if you’re backpacking) won’t have cell
reception or Wi-Fi, so you’ll need to do
the navigating yourself. All you really
need is a good map of the area and a
compass. Orient yourself with places
before you leave for your destination
and get used to using a map so you don’t
get stuck in the wilderness with no idea
which direction is back.
A camp stove is a must—a two-burner
propane camp stove is nice if you don’t have
to pack it in, that way you can make your
morning brew while you cook the eggs. You’ll
need pots, plates, cups and utensils—you
can bring camping specific ones or use ones
from your home kitchen. Just make sure to
bring items that won’t break and can handle
some wear and tear. A cooler is essential to
keep refrigerated items cold, and don’t forget
a scrub tub, biodegradable soap and a sponge
for doing those dishes. Think about the
cooking dishes you’ll need—plan and bring
food that is easy and simple to cook. A castiron
skillet is a great works-for-most option.
Where and when you plan on camping will
determine what temperature rating you
need for your sleeping bag. Choose one
that is somewhat lower than the coldest
temperature you plan to camp in. Unless
you’re backpacking, choose a sleeping bag
with more room to move around in—it makes
for a better sleep. If you’re in a wetter climate,
often synthetic-filled will perform better than
down in the damp (though some offer a good
protective coating, down can still soak up
the cold and damp). For added comfort, get
a sleeping pad so you won’t feel every rock
Consider what size tent you will need: How
many people do you want to fit? If possible,
try to go bigger by one person to give you
and your guests more room (unless you’re
packing in and size and weight is an issue).
Seasonality determines what times of the year
and types of weather your tent is suitable for.
For most beginning campers, a three-season
tent is sufficient for any late spring, summer
and early fall adventures. Finally, decide what
features you want in your tent, like peak
height, ventilation, multiple openings, an
entrance to store muddy boots, etc.
Through British Columbia’s Okanagan and
the International Selkirk Loop, Part I
Story and Photos By Marguerite Cleveland
There is nothing like a good road trip during the summer, especially when the scenery is so lovely. This trip begins at the Oroville-
Osoyoos Border Crossing into British Columbia’s Okanagan for part one of this two-part series. The second part of the trip
continues onto the International Selkirk Loop through the Kootenay Rockies before crossing the border at the Porthill-Rykerts
Border Crossing into Idaho and visiting the towns of Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.
When planning a road trip, make a detailed itinerary mapping out how far you want to drive each day and make reservations for where
you are going to stay each night. Use online resources (see some suggestions in The Specifics at the end of the article) and determine any
places or activities for the day. Have a plan but be open to spontaneous stops. Often a local may recommend a hidden gem that is not well
known, so you want to take advantage of those opportunities. The nice thing about a road trip is you can pack extra comfort items. Throw
in a few portable chairs for stargazing, a blanket or two for chilly evenings, some beach towels for the many lakes on this trip, and be sure
to pack a cooler and picnic basket.
Day 1: Osoyoos
Once across the border, continue to the town of Osoyoos—your destination for the night. The Nk’Mip Resort, set in the heart of Canada’s
only desert, has a variety of interesting activities. Start at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a natural history museum from the perspective
of the indigenous peoples. The Osoyoos Indian Band are members of the Okanagan Nation, and more than 400 members live and work
on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. Plan to spend a few hours here exploring both the indoor and outdoor exhibits. The centre is housed in
an eco-friendly building using native and modern techniques. Allow time to take the loop trail outside the museum to explore the desert
while viewing an Osoyoos village.
For lunch visit Nk’Mip Cellars for an alfresco lunch overlooking Osoyoos Lake. The cellars are the first winery in North America owned
and operated by an indigenous band. Enjoy tasting some award-winning wines. Make sure to try Mer’R’iym, the Nk’Mip word for marriage.
HAVE A PLAN BUT BE OPEN
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This red blend is a perfect meld of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet
franc and malbec.
The Nk’Mip Resort has a lovely beach at the campground. Check out
Wakepilot Wakeboarding for a 90-minute Sea-Doo experience or rent a
stand-up paddleboard to enjoy some time on the lake.
The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return
to year after year. This is an older resort, but it is spotlessly clean and
comfortably furnished. Amenities include a sandy beach and gorgeous
lake views. After a long day of travel and activities, consider picking up
takeout for dinner or check out one of the restaurants within walking
distance of the resort. The front desk can give you recommendations.
Day 2: Olivier
livestock. The tour ends with a wine tasting on the patio overlooking a
lawn with plenty of games and activities for children.
Olivier is in the midst of the Okanagan wine region with so many great
wineries it is hard to choose. Hester Creek Estate Vineyards is a must see
with some of the oldest vines in the area. The on-site restaurant Terrafina
is a culinary delight, with locally sourced ingredients a highlight of the
After lunch, drive to Peachland to try out ziplining at the ZipZone
Adventure Park. It is a scenic drive up to the top of the canyon. The lines
zigzag back and forth across a canyon for some particularly exhilarating
rides. There is a trail for those who prefer to observe with views of the
landing platforms. The staff is fun and energetic and works well with
Start your day with a visit to Covert Farms Family Estate. This unique
farm tour takes place in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck, which will traverse
the vineyards and farm stopping for plenty of photo opportunities on this
scenic property. Stops also include the chance to try farm fresh produce
from the fields. Children and adults enjoy feeding the llamas and other
Drive back down into Kelowna for the night. The historic Hotel Eldorado
and Resort is located on the banks of Okanagan Lake and provides
exceptional sunset views. The hotel is filled with vintage features from the
antique cars greeting you at the entrance to the ambiance of the rooms
with luxurious bedding and upscale features while maintaining an old-
The Speci f ics
Osoyoos - DestinationOsoyoos.com
Kelowna - TourismKelowna.com
WHERE TO STAY
Safari Beach Resort - SafariBeachResort.com
Eldorado Hotel and Resort
Sunflower B & B - SunflowerInnBB.com
WHAT TO DO
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre - NkMipDesert.com
Wakepilot Wakeboarding - Wakepilot.com
Covert Farms Family Estate - CovertFarms.ca
ZipZone Adventure Park - ZipZone.ca
Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tours
WHERE TO EAT
Nk’Mip Cellars - NkMipCellars.com
Terrafina - HesterCreek.com
Lakeside Dining - HotelEldoradoKelowna.com
Home Block - CedarCreek.bc.ca/restaurant
fashioned feel. Enjoy an afternoon swim at
one of the pools or use the waterslide. The
on-site marina has a variety of watercraft
available for rent.
Dining at the Eldorado is a delight. Start
off by enjoying a pre-dinner drink at the
Eldorado Lounge or the Whiskey Room for
one of their famed martinis or a barrel-aged
whiskey cocktail. Lakeside Dining is the
hotel’s award-winning restaurant with sunset
views over the lake. The menu is sourced
with organic local ingredients as well as
AAA Angus beef. A truly memorable meal.
Day 3: Kelowna
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Myra Canyon for an incredible
outdoor experience exploring the Myra Canyon Trestles by bicycle.
Make a reservation with Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tour Inc., which
rents bikes at the start of the Historical Kettle Valley Railway Trail. If
you haven’t been on a bike in a while, this is the perfect trail with just a
slight elevation change. There are 18 trestle bridges and two tunnels to
traverse while exploring Myra Canyon. Although the trail is narrow at
some points there are plenty of spots to pull over for photos.
After you have worked up an appetite, the Home Block at the Cedar
Creek Estate Winery is the perfect stop for lunch. During the warmer
months, the restaurant is open air on one side with views of the vineyard
and Okanagan Lake in the distance. Liberal use of local fare and a woodfired
grill which uses fruit wood and wine barrel staves helps create a
It is a three-hour drive to your final stop in the Okanagan, the Christina
Lake Community. The Sunflower Inn B&B is just lovely. Owner Kathleen
Smythe welcomes you into her home on the banks of Christina Lake. She
is friendly but allows privacy as well. Enjoy the kayaks and other lake
toys. This is the place to get your Zen on. The small, sleepy town has a
few local places to eat. Take some time to just enjoy the atmosphere of
this cute bed and breakfast. Smythe also runs Alpine’s Holistic Healing,
located at the Sunflower, and she is a certified healing touch practitioner
in both traditional and holistic forms of patient care. She gives a great hot
Stay tuned for next month’s travel article to join us on our tour of the
Kootenay Rockies and portions of the International Selkirk Loop.
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Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP
Yields: 4 servings
4 hard-boiled eggs
4 slices cooked bacon
8 asparagus spears, blanched
8 cups butter lettuce
1 cup canned in water artichoke hearts
8 sugar snap peas
1 small carrot, sliced
2 medium red radishes, sliced
½ cup cucumber, sliced
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
• Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them with cool water
by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has
reached a rumbling boil, remove from heat and cover pot with a fitted
lid. Set timer for 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to
a large bowl with cold ice water immediately and let them cool down
for a couple of minutes before peeling. Slice whole eggs in half and set
• Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until
crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Place bacon on a plate with a
paper towel to soak up the rendered grease. Set aside.
• Fill a medium saucepan with water and set over high heat. Bring to a
boil. Add asparagus spears (woody stems removed). Let cook (blanch)
for 15 seconds. Remove from heat and submerge asparagus in ice
water to stop the cooking process. Immediately transfer to a paper
towel. Set aside.
• Time to assemble the salad! Lay the pieces of butter lettuce over a
large platter. Season the lettuce with salt and pepper. Have fun adding
each ingredient to the lettuce. I like to make little individual spreads so
that it’s displayed beautifully over the lettuce.
• You may drizzle dressing over the entire lettuce and serve
immediately or keep on the side for individuals to serve themselves.
AVOCADO DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
1 large avocado
1 small clove garlic
1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
½ tsp. Himalayan salt
Dash of fresh cracked pepper
4 tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. brown mustard
• Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out into a
food processor or blender.
• Add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse for 30 seconds.
• Add olive oil, vinegar and mustard and blend until smooth. (You may
add more lemon juice if the dressing is too thick.)
• Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their
guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of
culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from
11am to 9pm.
4747 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite 200 | Gig Harbor
253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com
Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to
everyone, with a menu that includes grain-free, vegetarian
and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in
April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to
the Gig Harbor dining scene. Open daily 11am to 9pm.
5160 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite C101 | Gig Harbor
253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com
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GIG HARBOR STRONG
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
Life continues on here in Gig Harbor as we learn ways to manage
our new “normal.” Many of us find ourselves trying to work from
home while also realizing our new roles as teacher, tackling the
challenges of remote learning head on. We’re adjusting to living
somewhat in isolation, surrounding ourselves with only those whom
we live with, in order to do our part to keep ourselves, families, friends
and members of our community safe.
And as busy as we all are during this challenging time, or for those
looking to fill their unexpected “free” time, there are many in our
community who are dedicated to do what they can to help keep Gig
Harbor strong—and healthy.
From stores adjusting their hours to make it safer for the older folks
in our community to shop for their essential needs, sack lunches
being made and delivered, free of charge, to children and families
in need, to everyday people contributing their time and talents to
make masks for our health-care workers and those most vulnerable
in the community, it's a beautiful thing to witness. Even though the
community is encouraged to stay apart, men and women, teenagers
and children alike, continue to come together and unite, though not in
a way any of us would have ever expected.
This soon will pass, and before we know it, our lives will carry on as
they once did. We will be back to our daily routines and out enjoying
the community, its businesses and people. I am sure we can all agree
that we will all have a newfound appreciation for the wonderful lives
we’ve created and know, if we didn’t already, and how blessed we all
Thank you, Gig Harbor, for making this a wonderful place to live, work
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
FOR EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.
Peninsula Light Co.'s Project Help program is designed to help
income-qualifying families with up to $200 in assistance for their
electric bill during the peak seasons of November through April,
when electric bills are higher. As the economy is still hurting,
and the need continues to rise, Project Help is extending this
service through the end of May, increasing funding and adjusting
application criteria. They continue to offer assistance programs
including payment arrangements and qualifying discounts, and
encourage anyone facing hardship to contact them to find out
more about these programs. Visit PenLight.org for additional
PENINSULA EMERGENCY COMMUNITY
Hosted by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the Peninsula
Community COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) has
been created to aid in getting more targeted resources into the
community, where the need is greatest, as quickly as possible.
On behalf of CERF’s partners, they continue working to provide
resources to agencies and organizations directly supporting
local families most affected by emerging health, economic and
social impacts. One-hundred percent of all donations will go
directly to relief efforts in our community. To find out more, or
if you are interested in donating, visit GigHarborFoundation.org/
FISH FOOD BANK
FISH Food Bank and Community Services continues its mission
of “neighbor helping neighbor,” which is vital during this difficult
time as the community navigates through this time of pandemic.
As an essential service, GHP FISH Food Bank, located at 4425
Burnham Drive, is open its normal hours (9:30am to 3:30pm
Monday and Friday, 9:30am to 6pm Wednesday and Thursday)
with pre-packed bags of groceries. For those who are ill, they ask
that you call 253.858.6179 rather than visit so they can assist you.
For additional information, visit GHPFish.org.
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