Left Coast / right Coast: Watching the next generation grow

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Scott Brown.

When I think back to my grandparents and the life they had in the early part of the 20th century, our parents' lives during and after World War II, our generation's lives during the turbulent 60’s, our children who live into the 21st century, and our grandchildren – born in the 21st century, there is a tremendous difference in how each generation lived.

Mill Creek Little League Senior All-Stars team wins Washington State Championship Tournament

Mill Creek Little League All-Stars Seniors with Washington State Championship banner. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Little League.

The Mill Creek Senior All-Stars team swept through the 2018 Washington State Championship Tournament in Redmond July 7th through 10th.

They advanced to the Little League West Regional tournament in Sacramento, California, where they won their first game with a victory over Montana.

"Make the most of that shady area," by the Whistling Gardener

Shade loving astilbes! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I think it is fair to say that for a lot of us, our vision of a shady garden area is one that is mostly green with a few varieties of plants such as rhodies, a couple of ferns, and a hosta or two.  The thought of a diverse mix of plants with colorful foliage, contrasting textures and even some flowers is a reach. Well, I am here to tell you that nothing could be farther from the truth.