Today is Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

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Mazama: May 10, 2017

Mazama: May 10, 2017

By Mandi Donohue I got the chance to chat this week with the incomparable Donni Reddington. She’s not only hilarious and vivacious but like this fellow Libra, she’s a serial job changer. When society tells us we need to stick with one thing in the name of “responsibility,” she follows her muse. For Donni, following your...
Mazama: April 26, 2017

Mazama: April 26, 2017

By Mandi Donohue While grooming for the Nordic ski trails this winter, my husband noticed that there was graffiti under the bridge in Mazama. I was really surprised to hear this so I went down to take a look. Sure enough, there they were. First, a Rastafarian “One Love” tag, and two others are initials. A...
Mazama: April 5, 2017

Mazama: April 5, 2017

By Mandi Donohue The idea of the “All-American Kid” has a tendency to make my eye twitch. While typically a comforting connotation, it can come across to me like artificial sweetener.  Faux integrity, chemical character and filler accomplishment can be a superficial box we stuff our kids into for the sake of college applications and a...
Mazama: March 22, 2017

Mazama: March 22, 2017

By Mandi Donohue This week was chock-full of delicious festivity, and jam-packed with yummy morsels and heart-warming cordials if you were willing to brave the unending, yet sunny, winter weather. It also might have had something to do with that quirky Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. What was once used to commemorate the death of Saint...
Mazama: March 15, 2017

Mazama: March 15, 2017

By Mandi Donohue Last Tuesday night, creatures from all over the wilderness made the trip to Goat Wall  to discuss the reintroduction of grizzlies into the North Cascades. For many, it was a highly charged evening as opinions and feathers flew in what one gray wolf called “an embarrassing night full of misinformation and ego.”  ...
Mazama: March 8, 2017

Mazama: March 8, 2017

By Mandi Donohue There’s always a hiccup in winter that taunts the summer lovers and torments the winter contingent. The weather gets a little warmer and suddenly the skies are blazing blue, the piercing sun melting everything like a superhero’s gaze. You’d think the weather was tropical as extra joggers take to Lost River Road and...
Mazama: March 1, 2017

Mazama: March 1, 2017

By Mandi Donohue I’ve been working through an incredible book called “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron over the past six months — an amazing Bible for any creative. Something she does in her book is ask a lot of questions about what you were interested in as a child and what you wanted to be when you...
Mazama: February 22, 2017

Mazama: February 22, 2017

By Mandi Donohue In Lost River, our little community tends to wind down by 4 p.m. most nights. By 6 p.m., it’s surreally quiet as we’ve all settled in with our guilty pleasure of choice, in our jammies by the fire. I had forgotten it was a holiday weekend until I noticed the evidence for such:...
Mazama: February 15, 2017

Mazama: February 15, 2017

By Mandi Donohue Having been single more often than not in life, Valentine’s Day was never about red roses from the quarterback or a diamond heart-shaped pendant from the “Forever Us” collection at Kay Jewelers. I learned early on that it could be a lot more than celebrating your significant other. Sometimes it was about doing...
Mazama: February 9, 2017

Mazama: February 9, 2017

By Mandi Donohue If you were to visit San Diego Comicon, the annual comic book convention, you would know that “Star Wars” fans and “Star Trek” fans do not mix. I am grateful, however, to live in a valley where Leia and Spock can ski together at the fourth Annual Methow Valley Ski for Women without...