The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Downriver Dispatches

News of Western Wahkiakum County and Naselle


April 23, 2020

Darrell Alexander

A rose.

Life Is Good!

Many years ago while living in Oklahoma and playing music for a local church, one of the parishioners asked me if I would share a song at his wedding. I wrote a song specifically for that wedding entitled, "You Don't Know What You've Got until It's Gone." With all that has been happening in the world and here at home locally, part of our world has changed and is gone and new things are taking place.

For me, my life has not changed that much because I don't go out that much anyway. While I was out for a drive just in the Grays River/ Rosburg neighborhood, I began reminiscing about all the things that I was a part of and hopefully look forward to doing again. I drove by the Rosburg Hall and the Grays River Grange and my thoughts went out to all the good people and the different events they had there and smiled to myself thinking about how good we have it here.

Those whose lives have not really been affected by this virus have continued doing the things they normally do around their respective homes. There are others in the community whose lives were so bound in jobs and projects that having to stay home with the family interrupts their normal routine.

Sometimes it is good to just stop and smell the roses, metaphorically speaking. Many love the time they get to spend with their family, if they are not stressed by being unemployed or wondering when they will be able to get back to work.

We are a big part of each other more ways than we may realize. The Bible refers to believers as being part of the body of Christ. If one suffers, all suffer. Whether one is religious or not, we are all in this together and I could not think of a better place to be than right here with you. I have been reminded many times by a Puget Island resident I see in Cathlamet often. He tells me life is good.

I hope this brings some encouragement to you the readers of The Wahkiakum County Eagle. I'm glad to be reminded not to take things for granted. Pause and reflect on the good things. Stop and smell the roses because life is good.

Westend News

The email address in last week's Eagle for the Grays River Grange was not correct. The correct email address is


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