Today is Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Posts tagged "No Bad Days"
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...
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...
Awareness keeps prostate cancer in perspective

Awareness keeps prostate cancer in perspective

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and I am here to make you aware. Not long ago, the best-selling author Vince Flynn died after battling Stage III prostate cancer for several years. He was 47. I know of Flynn because he lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, where I spent many years, and I’ve...
Imagining the ‘what ifs’

Imagining the ‘what ifs’

By Don Nelson I don’t spend a lot of time with “what ifs,” especially the backward-looking kind that involve speculation about how things would be different if they had gone differently. Waste of time. What’s the point? Things turned out how they did, and that’s that. Except, that is, when the “what ifs” evoke powerful...
What's the story?

What’s the story?

By Don Nelson I came across a mystery – at least to me – last week while driving back down to the valley floor after hiking to the top of Goat Peak (it was gorgeous, and Lighting Bill Austin showed us his new acoustic guitar). At the Goat Wall overlook on U.S. Forest Service Road...