Alan Archambault – Distinguished Historian and illustrator – is SWIMMING UPSTREAM with Dorothy Wilhelm this week. Archambault has written many excellent history books but his true love, he says, is illustration and he is most proud of his sketchbooks: Northern soldiers-a past redrawn.
“Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)” was a teenage-angst filled song from 1963. It was written by the great rock and roll song writing duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King and performed by the girl group, The Cookies. In the song a young girl and is singing about her hard-working man. An old […]
In a little over a month, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving again, and then the final rush into Christmas preparations begins. Which means writing dozens of Christmas cards and sending them out in time before the cut-off date. Which means that now is the time to start crafting Christmas decorations and Christmas cards. The latter […]
I was offered an International pickup truck for $25.00. I bought it and had it towed, not to my home in Tacoma, but an aunt and uncle’s home in Puyallup just off River Road. It was a flatbed truck. I bought a new battery and would turn it over periodically and drive around the berry […]
Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, war, and disease are relentless. They sometimes destroy everything in their path, but through it all life survives. There are human storms that plague humanity. Everyone wants to be a success, but sometimes being a success is merely surviving . . . and helping others if we can. I think World War […]
Fourteen years ago I saw an Amtrak train run down a woman. The train didn’t follow her or chase her; it merely stayed on the tracks. It couldn’t stop in time to save her life and it certainly couldn’t swerve out of the way to protect her. The train was already moving slowly as it […]
WARNING: After reading this edition of Westside Story, some readers will feel they have wasted 49 seconds of their life.
Out with the old Pho and in with the new. Souper Pho has taken over a Pho noodle restaurant that had seen better days. The same space has been revived with a minimalistic dining room and what should be a good “take-out” location. My buddy Richard Dorsett and I tried out the new restaurant as […]
My sister, Peg, and I traveled from Sea-Tac Airport in separate airplanes to reach the Montreat Conference Center, about 2,778 miles southeast of Lakewood, Washington near Asheville, North Carolina. The two of us met up to attend a 5 day Road Scholar photography class.
I have two favorite memories of the Seattle Sonics. When they were playing at the King Dome, they offered a Seattle Sonics Cable Channel. My wife Peggy and I had traveled to Seattle by chartered bus with a keg and friends before, but thought it might be easier to simply sign up for the Sonic […]
The Road to LaReta is the subject when author Bonnie King joins Dorothy Wilhelm on Swimming Upstream, the hybrid radio broadcast for the week of October 15. This very unusual novel, part memoir, part historical biography is filled with poignant stories and speculation as Bonnie King resurrects her past and the history of her family. […]
My title is an old saying. Even if it is true there is no such thing as a free lunch, I am here to tell you there is such a thing as a free dinner. Maybe I just created a new saying.