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Lower Valley: July 11, 2018

Lower Valley: July 11, 2018

By Joanna Bastian A fun thing I might do again, but not anytime soon, is the 4.5-mile, 4,000-foot climb to Scatter Lake. First, I need to regain feeling in my quadriceps, gluteals, hamstrings, calves and foot flexors. The entire group of muscles in each leg feels like a tub of Jell-O. Or like that wind...
Lower Valley: June 27, 2018

Lower Valley: June 27, 2018

By Joanna Bastian Danford “Danny” Miller raised a well-traveled American flag on Memorial Day. After waving in wind currents around the globe, the broad stripes and bright stars came to rest in the Methow Valley. This particular Old Glory is seen as a symbol of what connects us all: life, liberty and the pursuit of...
Lower Valley: May 23, 2018

Lower Valley: May 23, 2018

By Joanna Bastian This Memorial Day (May 28) would have been the 94th birthday of Pierre “Pete” Joseph. Pete led an astounding life, a portion of which was portrayed in the 1951 Broadway play and subsequent film, “Stalag 17.” The film is a comedy/thriller about American airmen in a German World War II prisoner of...
Lower Valley: May 9, 2018

Lower Valley: May 9, 2018

By Joanna Bastian We have a small window of marvelous color now that the mud has retreated and before dust season settles in. This in-between season, some call it spring, is fleetingly magical. Sunlight illuminates each fold in topography, a dappled green landscape of lustrous light and shadow. Rainstorms fill a maze of hills and...
Lower Valley: April 11, 2018

Lower Valley: April 11, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I imagine Igor Stravinsky composed his “Rite of Spring” (“La Sacre”) during spring, while observing a landscape emerging from winter. Perhaps he listened to a gentle wind blow through the woods — the opening lines of the woodwinds. Flurries of snow grew into dissonant surges of pouring rain as harmonies fractured like...
Lower Valley: February 28, 2018

Lower Valley: February 28, 2018

By Joanna Bastian Water is a unifying force. Ocean currents transport people between continents. Rivers connect people inland. Water nurtures crops and yields nourishing seafood. Water makes up 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, and 73 percent of a human’s heart and brain. When we are filled with joy or sorrow, water flows down our...
Lower Valley: February 14, 2018

Lower Valley: February 14, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I love emails like this one from Jack McLeod: “Joanna, in case you’re looking for a nice anecdote about people being good at heart and doing the right thing …” Grab a steaming mug of your favorite heart-warming beverage, and maybe a box of Valentine chocolates, and enjoy this tale of two...
Lower Valley: January 24, 2018

Lower Valley: January 24, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I have the distinct honor of being on call for jury duty this week. I’ve been on call for jury duty countless times in the last two decades, and I’ve never been selected to serve on a case. Perhaps the most memorable call for jury duty was a murder trial in the...
Lower Valley: January 10, 2018

Lower Valley: January 10, 2018

By Joanna Bastian Everyone has a holiday travel story filled with unfortunate events. Here’s another one for the books. I don’t normally check a bag, but this year I decided to take advantage of the convenient option of checked bags — roomier suitcase, space for gifts, and all the liquids a woman desires. We planned...
Lower Valley: December 28, 2017

Lower Valley: December 28, 2017

I recently read two books side-by-side: “Lost Homeland: the Methow Tribe and the Columbia Reservation,” by E. Richard Hart, and “When the Sun Reaches the Mountain” by Christine Cassano...