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She said, “I did a lot of research…”  Mandy Patinkin, playing the role of Montoya in the 1987 classic movie, The Princess Bride, famously said, “You keep using that … more
Mom and dad were very happy to have their child and spouse move in with them for a time. They even gave up their master bedroom so they could feel like they were in their own little apartment. The … more
Last week, I coached a friend whose 5-year-old daughter has become rather sassy. This little girl has some well-executed plays, and extraordinary explanations for why she must do some things and … more
Father’s Day caused me to spend a couple weeks remembering my childhood, specifically my father’s attempt to build an “ark” in our basement one winter. Avid fisherman Dad … more
After a year off, the Oregon Trail Days in Tenino is back with hopes of uniting the community in its rich history and heritage. The event, which is hosted by the Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce … more
What is a cedar shake? Bob Hill, organizer of the Tenino Pioneer Village and member of the South Thurston County Historical Society, knew many young folks in Tenino didn’t know the answer … more
The Tenino Motorcycle Drill team will show off their coordinated maneuvers about 15 minutes before the Oregon Trail Days parade on July 24. The team started in Tenino almost four decades ago, … more
It’s no secret that folks back in the day led a tenacious, hardier kind of life. Take it this way: There weren’t any highways back in the mid 19th century. Before the era of Uncle … more
Bill Cosby was released from prison this week on a technical mistake made by the prosecution. I have been vocal and passionate that justice be obtained for his many sexual assault victims. He has … more
Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan Purse, is quoted as having said, “let my heart be broken by things that break the heart of God.”  This week my heart was broken … more
Sometimes it is hard to pray for our children and grandchildren. We are coming through a shocking pandemic that taught us to be afraid of germs we can’t see, people who could spread them to us, … more
There he was, sitting right in front of me, sharing why he plans to relocate to a different incarceration facility. It bothered him immensely that he witnessed a violent attack a few weeks ago where … more
Judas Iscariot is one of the most reviled characters in biblical history. Christians characterize him as the New Testament version of “Public Enemy No. 1.” He is so despised that nobody … more
Bob Goff is one of my favorite contemporary Christian writers. His meditation on grace begins with a dissertation about Peter Pan’s shadow. There is a scene in the Disney movie where Peter and … more
Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively. A Look Back at This Week, 45 Years Ago: - The Yelm School … more
I read my friend Terry’s daily “Sabbath Moment” on a regular basis. One reading last week especially caught my attention. “Today invites savoring. Today gives birth to … more
For us in the Pacific Northwest the weather this Memorial Day Weekend will likely be one filled with fun outdoors, since the “mountain is out.” Many will share in barbecues, picnics, … more
It blew me away when a longtime lead pastor admitted outside his family he had led very few to Christ. He said he had done many more funerals than weddings, and less than a handful of baptisms. As it … more
Eulogies are always difficult to compose. How can a person’s entire life be shrunk into just a few paragraphs? You know what makes it even harder? When the person hasn’t lived a good … more
Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively. A Look Back At This Week, 45 Years Ago: - The children of … more
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