Bertha Cooper

Think About It: You’re only old once

I thought it was funny. I thought it would amuse these two wonderfully involved and thoughtful people. We were talking about developing a small project… Continue reading

 

Guest column: Celebrating teachers

I interrupt my usual column schedule with an announcement! I can’t really call it breaking news, but I bet it felt like that to the… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Smoke gets in your lungs

Smoke in your lungs, your eyes, nose, throat is all bad. Nothing romantic in this reality scene. I am embarrassed to think that I deliberately… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Lost in space

Even our cats are crabby — although I fail to see any reason they should be. These two have everything they need at their claw… Continue reading

Think About It: Gifts of grief unbounded

Breaking news interrupts the newscast — as it often does — and my Saturday afternoon ironing. I mentally gear for yet another announcement of presidential… Continue reading

Think About It: Build it and they will come

And they have. But first, husband Paul and I are celebrating the exact anniversary date of our arrival in Sequim 20 years ago on the… Continue reading

Think About It: Women and children first

July Fourth, 2018, Independence Day, the 242nd anniversary of the birth of our nation, an intentional democracy designed to be governed by the people and… Continue reading

Think About It: Four among many

I arrived at Fire District 3’s main station promptly at 8 a.m. I was dressed in the required uniform of the day, dark pants and… Continue reading

Think About It: A picture worth 1,000 guns

I wrote this column following the Parkland shooting after thinking about ways to move beyond our inaction to answering, truly solving, the questions surrounding mass… Continue reading

Think About It: Who does 911 call?

The reward for good work is usually more good work. This is certainly the case for Fire District 3 providing emergency services to greater Sequim,… Continue reading

Think About It: The cost of free speech

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is the powerful statement of the values of our country. “Congress shall make… Continue reading

Think ABout It: Addiction or staying connected?

Am I just old and out of the loop or is there really something unsocial about social media? I may be the only old, loopless… Continue reading

Think About It: Fish story

Wild Pacific salmon and I have a history. My dad was a commercial fisherman who fished the waters of Alaska, usually for salmon and halibut,… Continue reading

Think About It: And, children will lead you

“Not again; please … not again. We were having coffee the last morning before our return from what was a wonderfully relaxing and contemplative trip… Continue reading

Guest column: Beginning the conversation

The human brain is said to fully develop sometime between our mid-twenties and 30 years of age. As with most things, brain maturity varies with… Continue reading

Guest column: Breaking the silence

Editor’s note: The following column includes sensitive subject matter. — MD How is it possible that more than 150 girls, gymnasts when children, were sexually… Continue reading

Think About It: I’m from Norway!

I’m from Norway! Well, not really. I was born in Seattle, but my father and three of four of my grandparents were native Norwegians. The… Continue reading

Think About It: Transactional … say what?

Transactional. My love of words and curiosity about their use cause me to ponder the fashion of using one word over another. Why is it… Continue reading

Think About It: Weathering the storm of change

We can’t say we weren’t warned that someday change would overtake us. I remember decades ago seeing a table displaying the rate of societal change… Continue reading

Think ABout It: A lot like Christmas

Last Christmas, we attended a holiday open house in our neighborhood. The evening was festive with friendship, conversation and good food. One thing stands out… Continue reading