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Don’t scare us, prepare us

The head of the FBI says a terrorist attack may be coming.

A reality check for fields of dreams

Sally Field was so stunned by her Oscar she famously repeated over and over her excitement at people liking her, really liking her.

Sharing a slice of history with Buddy

In my ongoing journey to educate my canine pal Buddy, I have discovered he may like being read to.

It’s belly up time

We can blame it all on watermelon and pumpkin pie.

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What women want

Boy, are the folks at the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” in trouble after introducing a new category: “What Do Women Want.”

Cost of new medications could bankrupt health care

The good news is we are developing new life-saving medications every day.

Weary of McCleary

The Beatles - aka Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - advised us when we die to “…declare the pennies on your eyes.”

Telephone scammers beware ... Buddy will bark your ear off

After having the same telephone number for more than 30 years, it has come as a great pain in the neck to try and remember I now have a new home phone number.

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Changes are needed if solar power is ever going to be widely used here

The promotional materials for the Yakima Valley often say this area gets 300 days of sunshine a year.

Bomb Mexico?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking.

Valley’s hops play big role in German tradition

Sept. 27 marked the beginning of the 181st Oktoberfest celebration in Germany.

Monday morning wake-up... gunfire?

This past Monday morning I woke up suddenly at 5:22 a.m. hearing what sounded to me like gunshots.

Septembers with mom

Mom was here for her annual visit last week.

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One more cup

There’s something so satisfying about getting out of bed when the world is still dark and quiet and resting. Making the coffee gives us time to scratch and think.

Where’s my iPony?

Shake off the blues, put on your shoes and tell grandma the news: the next generation iPhones are here.