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Fall Cookies

Whether or not the weather cooperates, September marks the beginning of fall baking season. It’s also the perfect time to try some recipes for “ordinary” cookies — good enough for a weekday lunch but not tied to any major holiday.

The Senior Nutrition Program, conducted by the Coastal Community Action Program of Aberdeen, regularly serves lunches at noon at:

Grays Harbor offers many opportunities to be a Poet

A quick Google search will give you the following definition for a poem: “A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure. or as something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty.”

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Translating Thai favorites for the home cook

Once considered an exotic Asian cuisine found only in big cities, Thai food seems to be everywhere these days. Everywhere, that is, except probably cooking on your stove. Getting those dishes from restaurant menus to your table is the thrust of “Simple Thai Food” (Ten Speed, $24.99) by Leela Punyaratabandhu.

Putting a lifetime cost on autism

PHILADELPHIA — Kristina Rhodes loves helping families with autistic children. But she may have to cut back her hours as an early-intervention therapist because her own autistic son, Erik, 10, isn’t thriving in school.