After years of slowly settling into the sand and peat in Grayland, sticking doors and an uneven entryway have signaled that the time has definitely come for some major foundation work under the venerable old Grayland Community Hall.
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Call it the Decade Movie Pact; ever since first collaborating on “Pretty Woman” in 1990, Julia Roberts and Garry Marshall have made a movie together every 10 years.
75 years ago
Sitting in the darkened theater, in the black of the seconds before show time for The Driftwood Players’ spring comedy, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” and one wonders where one is about to be transported.
For someone who grew up in a military family, community is just a theory. Generally, military kids are used to moving so often that planting roots and staying a while just feels like an impossibility. And forget about knowing your neighbors.
75 years ago
What a dichotomy of a season spring is turning out to be. Clamming is open except when it isn’t. Salmon is pouring out of hatcheries, but you shouldn’t catch salmon. Roadside flowers are bursting into bloom, but you can’t see them because the grass allergies are making your eyes water. The sun is shining down warmly on the beach, but about all that is coming ashore for the combers is plastic junk. The deer population is out in force with sleek, pregnant mommas, but last year’s fawns look like someone has taken a thatching machine to them due to tremendous infestations of lice. Birds are twittering as they build nests, but the crows continue harassing the eagles.
It would be hard to name an ocean species that has experienced a bigger upswing in culinary interest than the spot prawn. Named after the two white spots typically found on their pink bodies, the spot prawn has, until only a decade ago, been harvested primarily for the Asian market. Remarkably, though it’s been a seafood for as long as fishermen have been harvesting from the Pacific Ocean, it’s been widely overlooked in local cuisines.
Since Diane’s husband received a dementia diagnosis in early 2014, at age 50, their family of four has been taking things slowly.