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Last week, in a column about birds that we see only in winter, I mentioned the rough-legged hawk and that it deserved its own column. In fact, I wrote that column last November, so I will not repeat myself. Instead, I will dwell upon a couple of species that I have never seen, but very much …

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When Ashley Pintos went to the emergency room of St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., in 2016, with a sharp pain in her abdomen and no insurance, a representative demanded a $500 deposit before treating her.

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Where I live, autumn typically starts in late August, when pockets of red maples start to turn scarlet around the marshes and lakes. Uh-oh. As they say in Westeros, “winter is coming.”

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This morning I looked out the kitchen window over my breakfast bowl of cereal and saw a few yellowish-green birds flitting about in the overgrown copse of lilacs in our front yard. I couldn’t identify them through the screen and without my glasses on or my binoculars at hand. But they moved …

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By Becky Nelson

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Years ago I happened to be in a local nightclub listening to a musical group when I noticed a group of deaf students gathered around a table communicating with each other using hand signs. As the evening wore on and they quaffed more brews, their signing to each other became more exaggerated…

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My hiking buddy and I try to get to Mt. Washington (6,288 feet) yearly. It’s almost mandatory. Washington is the icon around here, the top of the heap, the granddaddy of them all. By now, I think we’ve taken nearly every route to the summit. Most recently, we determined that we were going to…

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