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Twisp: August 5, 2015

Twisp: August 5, 2015

By Sally Gracie Before I came in from the porch to write this column, I realized that not one bird was in the yard. Not one dove. Not a single robin. More surprising, no ambient bird song came from the trees. Perhaps the smoke affects their breathing, too. The town deer visited under cover of...
Twisp: June 29, 2015

Twisp: June 29, 2015

By Sally Gracie Buddy Thomas is the affable, always helpful guy with the white beard at Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp. Last week his letter to the editor thanked some people who have helped him as he rebuilds the home he lost to the Carlton Complex Fire. This Monday noon, I went up to see...
Twisp: July 22, 2015

Twisp: July 22, 2015

By Sally Gracie There’s always been discussion about the true authorship of To Kill a Mockingbird. Did Harper Lee write it or was her friend from Monroeville Alabama, Truman Capote, the author? The question of the novel’s origins has come up again with the publication of a “first” novel, recently “discovered” among the 89-year-old author’s...
Twisp: July 15, 2015

Twisp: July 15, 2015

By Sally Gracie Methow Valley News editor Don Nelson gave us suggestions for writing about last summer’s fires for this week’s anniversary issue. A fragrant bouquet of Bonnie Stephens’ flowers, purchased at the farmers market, helps reduce my anxiety as I recall “memories, thoughts, people — just general observations about how it felt and how it feels now.” As...
Twisp: July 8, 2015

Twisp: July 8, 2015

By Sally Gracie No nesting birds to watch, so I have settled instead on the yellow jacket trap. I filled it to the line with white grape juice the other day and hung it below the porch on a rusty, metal garden stake — appropriately topped with the figure of a bee. Though the trap has done...
Twisp: July 1, 2015

Twisp: July 1, 2015

By Sally Gracie The swallows have fledged. Some number of the fledglings — two, maybe three — are sharing Patrick Hannigan’s Nice Nest with their parents. As one bird after another enters through the birdhouse hole, I’m reminded of the phone booth-stuffing fad of the 1960s. How do they all fit? Wayne Mendro was roasted and toasted by friends...
Twisp: June 24, 2015

Twisp: June 24, 2015

By Sally Gracie What would we do without the World Wide Web? Having melted a Ziploc bag on the back burner of my new stove, I entered “plastic melted on glass stovetop” in a Google search. And whaddaya know? The top hit is a full page that includes “You will need;” “Steps to remove the plastic,”...
Twisp: June 17, 2015

Twisp: June 17, 2015

By Sally Gracie I’m sad to report that my phoebes have vanished! Their nest is gone, too. Patrick Hannigan removed last year’s nest when he hung my swallows’ house. I’ve mentioned here that the phoebes went about borrowing from that old nest to build the new one in the eaves of the tool shed. Until...
Twisp: June 10, 2015

Twisp: June 10, 2015

By Sally Gracie Terry Hunt’s new song cycle, “Wendell Berry Songs,” based on the poetry of Wendell Berry, premiered in Wenatchee on Sunday evening (June 7). The performance was part of the Wenatchee Valley College 75th Anniversary Music Series. This is Terry’s second musical composition based on a poet’s work; the first featured poems by...
Twisp: June 3, 2015

Twisp: June 3, 2015

By Sally Gracie Since October 2013, Brandon Sheely has been a patient in search of a diagnosis.  Brandon’s ordeal began with a search for an orthopedist or other specialist who could tell him what was wrong with his ankles and how they could be corrected. His work as a biologist required strenuous outdoor work, and...