Bertha Cooper

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

Think About It: The business of government

The President appointed his Director of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney as acting director when the bureau’s director resigned. Mulvaney is a former Congressman who… Continue reading

Think About It: No more silence, no more denial

Whatever we do as decent men and women in the midst of all these voices coming forward and telling us their most grievous, humiliating, intimate… Continue reading

Think About It: No easy or good answers

Occasionally, I am asked how I come up with column ideas every couple of weeks. I have no good answers; they just come. I can… Continue reading

Think ABout It: Halloween story, the sequel

“Bring Grandpa some of his favorite tea. The kind with an ounce of Pernod in it,” shouted his Grandson with desperation in his voice. “And… Continue reading

Think About It: Halloween story redux

It’s unbelievable! The response was fantastic. Never happened before. Said to be the greatest Halloween story ever. No one else has done it. No one… Continue reading

Think About It: The high price of uncertainty

Different people have speculated that President Trump may be “gas-lighting” us. I had a vague recall of a movie called “Gaslight” in which a woman’s… Continue reading

Think About It: Category 5 labor negotiations

I write this nearly a week before the strike deadline set by the teachers of Sequim School District to meet my deadline for submission. The… Continue reading

Think About It: Forest fires and floods

I was wondering what astronauts see from their whirling home miles up in space when my mind-reader editor happened to send me a current photo… Continue reading

Think About It: Malignant mobs

I have never thought that disorderly mobs were a good idea whether riots, protests or demonstrations of civil disobedience. Organized disorderly mobs are even worse.… Continue reading

Think About It: Hot topic

I’m pretty sure that Mother Nature doesn’t read my columns, but she might as well have given the coincidental happenings following my last column. First,… Continue reading

Think About It: Heating up?

I have believed for some years now that Greater Sequim is going to become the new California. Certain sea life seems to have the same… Continue reading

Think About It: Soup to nuts

Some columns just beg for follow up. Maybe. Chicken soup for the heart Such does the comfort of words and touch become important when we… Continue reading