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 By Brianna Wray    News    May 14, 2020

Gardener's Grove: First harvest

IN THE WEEDS-Here it is, just after Mother's Day weekend, planting time. We Washingtonians are pretty much guaranteed a frost-free growth season from here on in. (Not so much for friends at higher ele...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    April 9, 2020

Gardener's Grove: Electric Tiller + Cultivator Review

THE DIRT-Gardening is a great way to mitigate that lingering hopelessness associated with these unpredictable, and socially distanced times we face. Here's a little patch of dirt you can control,...

 
 By Brianna Wray    Specials    April 2, 2020

Tech Talk: Video Conferencing

SECLUSION-As our time apart stretches on seemingly indefinitely, the importance of alternative forms of communication rises. Fortunately, there's a heap of technology at the ready. Unfortunately,...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    March 26, 2020

What to do with yourself

SECLUSION-"You're handling this almost too well," a friend said to me. Sure, I've always been the upbeat type, it usually comes pretty naturally, but these days serenity isn't achieved without...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    March 19, 2020

Gardener's Grove: Compost

EARTH-The seeds are practically burning holes in their packets. They're all sorted and ready to be put to work. All the signs of spring popping up are exciting. The first flowers to bloom in my...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    March 5, 2020

The Speed of Sound

WALLA WALLA—The speed of sound for Walla Walla music Organization (WWMO) is about three years, give or take a few months. Three years is about how long it took founder Rodney Outlaw to build a...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    February 27, 2020

Inflatable dams for flood control

Recent flooding, and the ensuing damage, brings flood mitigation and disaster relief to the forefront of our collective experience. Friends, neighbors and city officials have pooled resources to...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    February 13, 2020

Gardener's Grove: Grow Challenge

WALLA WALLA-Sheltered from the recent downpour of rain, I'm staring out the window taking approximate measurements to draw up plans for the garden. This may very well be the best part of gardening:...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    February 6, 2020

Sivana Spa

WALLA WALLA-Is self care high on your New Year's resolution list? No matter what level of self care you claim, Gillian Herbrandson, licensed esthetician and proprietor at Sivana Day Spa and Boutique,...

 

Tech Talk: Facebook Marketplace

WORLD WIDE WEB-It seems like everyone is on social media. These days there are several newer or emerging social media platforms, but Facebook, the classic, is still maintaining its foothold with 2.37...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    January 23, 2020

Combine Art Collective

WALLA WALLA-When artists join forces, good things happen for everybody. An example of this idea at work is Walla Walla's Combine Art Collective (CAC), a collaborative effort to exhibit and sell fine...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    January 16, 2020

Streaming Review: the Mandalorian

If you grew up with a Boba Fett-ish like my husband, the futuristic space western, the Mandalorian, is the show to end all shows. It is to be expected that fans of the original Star Wars trilogy...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    January 9, 2020

Gardener's Grove: Planning Ahead

EARTH—As this unseasonably warm winter weather persists, it's easy to envision spring is on its way. So much of cultivation is cumulative. Last year's lessons prevail. I started sunflower and...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    December 19, 2019

Gardener's Grove: Poinsettias

No matter how soon retailers start pushing holiday deals, nothing says Christmastime quite like a poinsettia. Wrapped in its foil, the poinsettia’s deep green leaves are topped with a smattering of...

 

Tech Talk: Photo Gifts

WAITSBURG—According to my phone there are 6,056 photos and 872 videos lurking in its depths. And that’s nothing compared to the five terabyte hard drive that houses our family archives. In it...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    November 14, 2019

Gardener's grove

EARTH-Now that we're in the thick of November, we are confronted by the turning of the wheel. Daylight savings time has knocked us back an hour. The golden summer days, and the crisp fall air is just...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    November 7, 2019

Tech Talk: chef tech

Gone are the days of the tinker tinker buzz from the egg timer. More often than not, at a friend’s house for dinner I’ll hear, “Alexa, set a timer for ten minutes,” but it is in more ways...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    November 7, 2019

Art X Agent: Sparkling & Broken

WAITSBURG-Adorning Art X Agent's walls for November and December, is Sparkling & Broken. This two-person exhibition, featuring artists Rachel Smith and Juventino Aranda, was celebrated in an openi...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    October 31, 2019

Bridget House's expanding palette

DAYTON-There's a tangible spark of electricity in the room when an artist is united with their palette. Possibilities stretch out endlessly before stylist Bridget House and sparks are flying. She,...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    October 24, 2019

Stream These Halloween Movies

Hulu Little Monsters (2019) R A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies. See full review on page 12. Stan...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    October 24, 2019

Film Review: Little Monsters (2019)

Welcome to Spooktober. Are you ready for the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls to run amok all over town? The right lineup of movies can make or break Halloween. There are no shortage of haunted films and f...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    October 17, 2019

Before & After: Andrew Nilsson House

DAYTON-Inside the home, history is a verb. Artifacts that we keep are imbued with both sentimental, but also historical value. Part of the human experience is the stuff we collect. Equally important...

 

Tech Talk: Images

There are several factors that contribute to the way an image looks in print. Digital images have the added bonus of illumination behind the image, defining edges and sharpening image quality by...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    October 3, 2019

Art Squared Weekend Joins Artists and Collectors

One of the most unifying qualities of art is that every viewer has an opinion. Our opinions are determined by all manner of factors and preferences, but once established those artworks speak to us....

 

Walla Walla Superhero Run

WALLA WALLA-Tights and capes were out en masse at the Walla Walla Superhero run held Saturday Sept. 14. "I think the people helping with traffic safety are all superheroes," said event organizer...

 

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