Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Daniel Martynowicz

73,000 cigarettes later, Moose quits smoking 73,000 cigarettes later, Moose quits smoking

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are about as happy as they let themselves be.” Or, maybe he didn’t. Maybe the true author was the drunken homeless guy living in the White House’s tool shed and Lincoln never gave him the credit he so richly deserved.  Much like anyth...

Double check your knots Double check your knots

If you ever feel like you need a little more excitement in your life, go into the mountains, find a cliff where you have good cell reception, get yourself stuck and call 9-1-1. Also, don’t do any of those things. I mean, that would certainly add a great deal of excitement to your life, but there are...

15 things only people with seasonal outdoor allergies will understand 15 things only people with seasonal outdoor allergies will understand

You know those list-format articles your friends share on Facebook that are, in no way whatsoever, actual news? Things like “10 cartoon characters only 90s kids remember,” or “Seven signs your significant other is secretly an ax-murderer.” Well, even though they are not news and...

Nature is my drug of choice Nature is my drug of choice

Back when I made sandwiches for a living, I worked with a guy named Kenny. Kenny was a heroin addict. Having never “caught the dragon” myself, I asked him to describe what it was like. “It’s like there is a part of you that is missing … has always been missing,” he ...

The day the laughter died The day the laughter died

It’s been more than a week since Robin William’s untimely passing, and like many of you, I still can’t believe he’s gone. For me, the most remarkable thing is that celebrity deaths never bother me – but Robin’s did. I apologize if that sounds crass, but it is difficu...

15 things my puppy taught me about life 15 things my puppy taught me about life

I’ve had dogs my entire life, so I can plainly see why it’s so easy to wax-poetic about the bonds between man and his best friend.  I mean, seriously, who didn’t cry at the end of “Marley and Me?” Three weeks ago I adopted a little mutt puppy and named him Orion. Two ...

On working for a living On working for a living

By my estimation I’ve had roughly 30 jobs. I know, I know. I can see you reading this over your morning coffee and screaming, “That’s because you’re a terrible employee you hippie-Marxist-democratic-conservative-vegetarian-millennial!!!” And if you find yourself screaming ...

Bulldogs rock the court

ST. IGNATIUS – Mission’s Bulldogs played the field well snagging two season opener wins on the basketball court. The Bulldogs eeked by Eureka’s Lions on Friday 69-65. Stuart Grant took the lead scoring 25 followed by teammate Patrick Eichart with 14. Saturday Mission took down Stillwa...

Conquer those fears

Hello, my friends. It’s been a few weeks since we last spoke, and I was going to start this column by filling you in on all the exciting things I’ve been doing and seeing and hearing and eating and smelling. However, since I’m not very good at talking about myself, and since I’m fa...

Good Old Days promises a good old time Good Old Days promises a good old time

ST. IGNATIUS — Good Old Days, the annual community celebration in St. Ignatius, is a favorite around the Mission Valley. The food, fun and atmosphere offered by the weekend-long party is one of the things that makes it so special.  Stewart Morton, a lifelong resident and participant in the fest...


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