“Life List” Birding in Spring Migration

The Jagers officially became birders one year ago when we first hung feeders from our porch. On April 13, 2019, we photographed the House Sparrow and White-breasted Nuthatch nibbling sunflower seeds from our porch window. As we traveled for business trips and family vacations, we continued our passion for exploring nature and identifying as many […]

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Hopeful Seedlings in the Year of 2020

I am healthy; with food to eat, a place to live, and even WiFi to work online from home and access the world. Loneliness is like a stranger to me when I have a husband who loves me and a mischievous cat to entertain in our one-bedroom apartment. I know all these things, yet feel […]

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Tips on Isolation from E-Learning to Outer Space

As the world goes into a panic with the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, all schools have converted to E-learning. Communicating with my students on email, the Canvas portal, and Google Meet video chat, we are all experiencing different levels of anxiety and cabin fever.  With our local area on an essential-only travel advisory, I find […]

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Cooking for a Healthy Heart: Black Bean Tacos

In my continued quest for tackling the challenge of home-cooked meals for a healthier heart, I present to you a dish that ranks at the top of my list for its taste, ease, and cholesterol-lowering powers. Black Bean Tacos are a huge hit for the Gamechangers and worthy of sharing for more healthy hearts in the […]

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Cooking for a Healthy Heart: Mediterranean Rice Noodles

The Game Changers are upping their game in the kitchen with an emphasis on eating all home-cooked meals to be kinder to our wallets and our hearts. We like to plan three to four days of meals so that our meat and produce doesn’t go to waste and is consumed at the peak of freshness. […]

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Two Dudes and a Dudette

Together we are stronger than on our own. As a team of triathletes, the “Two Dudes and a Dudette” were each able to compete at our best in the sport we were most qualified to perform on race day. Ed had been clocking laps in the swimming pool throughout the year in preparation for tri-season […]

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Family Camping Trip in the UP

Buckle in, it’s going to be a wild ride. The four of us clip into our seat belt harnesses with growing anticipation for an off-road journey in the Can-Am Side by Side. Craig takes the wheel as we leisurely roll past the neighboring campsites, cross the road, and enter the main passage for ATVs and […]

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Birding the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

At last, we find ourselves on our first visit to an official birding sanctuary in Olympia, Washington. Where the freshwater of the Nisqually River meets the southern edge of the Puget Sound, the estuary habitat is shared by the lands of the Nisqually Indian Tribe, a hunting area by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Service, […]

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Olympia’s Mysterious Mima Mounds

As far as the eye can see, all around us are oddly symmetrical mounds of earth. Now covered in wildflowers, this dimpled landscape of mounds, each measuring about six feet tall and thirty feet wide over several hundred acres, looks like it could be something crafted by science fiction.  According to Washington’s Department of Natural […]

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THE COAST OF OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Massive driftwood greets us as we climb aboard their logs to enter Rialto Beach. Low tide reveals pools of water and crusty barnacles hugging to the rocks for dear life. Wild, undeveloped coastline stretches for miles with jagged “seastack” islands standing their guard to the waves that crash the shore. Derek rips off his hiking […]

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