Today is Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

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Twisp: Nov. 19, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 19, 2014

By Sally Gracie Once again, I’d like to hear from you about your picks for best books of the year. Fiction or nonfiction, these should be books actually published in 2014. Additionally, I’d like to hear from book clubs about their best reads of the year. Your description should include title and author, setting, a...
Twisp: Nov. 12, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 12, 2014

By Sally Gracie As warm temperatures have lingered until this week, the lavender has re-bloomed and a shrub has scattered pink blossoms. The black-eyed Susans haven’t given up the ghost, and a geranium has a new bud. I could have brought it indoors. I feel we gave up summer here in the valley, so I’m finding...
Twisp: Nov. 5, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 5, 2014

By Sally Gracie Next Halloween I will wear a costume and take my trick-or-treat candy to Burgar Street to hand it out there. While I had just four children knock on the door, residents on Burgar report 100 times that many. Bryce Kimball has only been in the valley for a week and a half,...
Twisp: Oct. 29, 2014

Twisp: Oct. 29, 2014

By Sally Gracie Trick-or-treat can’t come soon enough for me. I bought the candy weeks ago and, despite my best intentions, I’ve gotten into that bag of mini-Snickers bars. D. J. Desjardins, 4 years old, has won a basket of goodies and a $25 gift certificate for guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin at...
Twisp: October 22, 2014

Twisp: October 22, 2014

By Sally Gracie Whether you’re fond of the murder mystery genre or you’re not, you’ll enjoy Murder by the Book, continuing this weekend at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, Thursday (Oct. 23) through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Don’t expect Miss Marple here. Murder by the Book shakes the polite mystery...
Twisp: October 15, 2014

Twisp: October 15, 2014

By Sally Gracie In the 15 years since I arrived in the Methow Valley, I’ve been privileged to meet — and sometimes write about —many intelligent and beautiful young women: artists and craftswomen, cooks and garden farmers; all are accomplished at their vocations.  Each, like Katie Russell, the woman I met today, has real passion for...
Twisp: October 8, 2014

Twisp: October 8, 2014

By Sally Gracie I was ready to take down the feeder above my back porch several weeks ago, but a hummingbird that loves the valley too much wouldn’t let me. She comes early morning and at dusk and has drunk half the jar of sugar water in the past two weeks. Flying away if I...
Twisp: October 1, 2014

Twisp: October 1, 2014

By Sally Gracie The party down the hill at Tom Doran and Sue Koptonak’s house on Saturday night sounded like so much fun — lots of music, laughter and applause — that I considered crashing it. I didn’t, but on Sunday afternoon, a bouquet of roses and a telephone message broke the ice, and I crossed the yard to...
Twisp: September 24, 2014

Twisp: September 24, 2014

By Sally Gracie The summer of 2014 wasn’t good for horseback riding in the Methow Valley. Finally, 10 weeks after the first fire blew up above Texas Creek, riders on horseback are exploring the areas of the big burns and assessing fire, wind and water damage to their favorite trails. And they are finding a...
Twisp: September 17, 2014

Twisp: September 17, 2014

By Sally Gracie This Monday afternoon, as I passed the two-mile marker up Texas Creek road, I began to see the first real signs of recovery from the two wildfires that burned there two months ago. Chad and Sheree Stoothoff’s house, perched high above the road to the right, is surrounded by greening land. From...