Today is Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

No Bad Days
Game On

Game On

By Don Nelson The 12th Man has become, collectively, the slightly crazed symbol of Seattle Seahawks fandom, notably in the north end zone of CenturyLink Field but also in the numbing stadium-wide roar of 130-plus decibels pounding away at visiting teams. Beyond those face-painted screamers in the seats are thousands of Seahawks devotees who avidly...
Winter, interrupted

Winter, interrupted

By Don Nelson I walked out of the News office Monday afternoon and fell into a warp in the time-space continuum. This could not be Twisp in mid-January — not this drippy, sloppy, balmy, sunny, utterly discombobulating setting I encountered. Fifty degrees, the thermometer said. Really, I said. The hills to the east and north were bare...
So long, Antlers

So long, Antlers

By Don Nelson There are a handful of genuine institutions in the valley, and Antlers Saloon and Cafe has been one of them. Its closure on New Year’s Eve was both a sad and celebratory occasion, an acknowledgment of Antlers’ longtime relationship with its community and a melancholy farewell. The best we can do now...
A few whimsical forecasts for the coming year

A few whimsical forecasts for the coming year

I’ve always been a great fan of the humor columnist Dave Barry, whose absurdist view of things is at the same time brilliantly insightful and unabashedly juvenile. For many years he has written a widely syndicated end-of-the-year column in which he zanily “predicts” what will happen in the news during the coming new year. In...
The power of memory

The power of memory

Some of my memories of growing up remain brilliant and formative. Others are dull, diluted or inaccurately recalled. A few are stuffed away in a place I rarely access. I don’t often haul any of these out for general inspection, although confession — and having been raised Catholic, that’s what it feels like to reveal...
It’s our season

It’s our season

By Don Nelson We’re well into the seasonal shift from intense tourism to intense localism, a time of year I like for its relative calm and the fact that, for a few weeks, we have the place mostly to ourselves. Much of what’s going on in the valley for the next few weeks is for...
Thought-provoking anniversaries

Thought-provoking anniversaries

In gym class, Meridian Junior High School, Kent, Washington. Then, wandering down the school hallways with a bunch of other confused and oddly quiet teenagers, trying to figure out what the hell was going on. It was Nov. 22, 1963 – the day that everyone who was alive then remembers where they were when they...
Shared values

Shared values

By Don Nelson If there’s anything this community likes to do more than head off in disparate directions to every corner of the place for work, recreation or habitation, it’s to gather somewhere near the middle – often with meritorious intent, other times just for the sake of being with each other. Getting together is...
An early start on Thanksgiving

An early start on Thanksgiving

By Don Nelson A few things to be thankful for: • Except when they don’t work, public works are usually under the public’s radar. But the past couple of weeks in Twisp have actually been kind of exciting: We’ve got new sidewalks and repaved streets. That’s a big deal if you’ve ever tried to walk...
Our loss, Seattle's gain

Our loss, Seattle’s gain

By Don Nelson The good news/bad news event of the week for the Methow Valley News is that we are losing a unique – some might say incomprehensible – voice and a valued long-time colleague with the departure of Sue Misao. After this week, Sue is heading to “the coast” to become editor of the...