Ted Olinger

Ted Olinger is an award-winning writer and associate editor of the Key Peninsula News.

Rescuing Animals in Ukraine

Tom Bates drives about 10,000 kilometers a month. He has a few regular stops and warehouses between Kyiv, where donations arrive, and the Donetsk region in the east. “I travel around to Dnipro, along the Dnieper River, to Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Bakhmut when we could. There’s a lot of action on that eastern front.”

Gig Harbor Sailor: A Second Solo Circumnavigation Around the World

His wife says, "If Erden dies at sea, well, that’s always been a possibility. But if he doesn’t do it I wouldn’t want to live with him because he’d be miserable and obsessed in a different way." Eruc belongs to "the tribe of restless souls."

There’s a Word for That: ‘The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’

This dictionary is a collection of invented words defining emotions many of us may have experienced but never thought to define or thought could be defined — our obscure sorrows — by turns light-hearted or tragic, and always poignant.

American History Through Indigenous Eyes

“To say that the United States is a colonialist settler-state is not to make an accusation but rather to face historical reality, without which consideration, not much in U.S. history makes sense, unless Indigenous peoples are erased.”

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ — Remembering Afghanistan

This book has been removed from school libraries and curricula across the U.S. because of the story it tells so plainly, poignantly, and without gratuitous effect.

Justice and Redemption: A Long Hard Struggle

“This book is about getting closer to mass incarceration and extreme punishment in America.”

A Man Obsessed: Gig Harbor Man’s Second Solo Circumnavigation

The new journey is a continuation of Eruç’s first solo human-powered circumnavigation, which he completed in 2012 after five years and 41,196 miles by rowboat, sea kayak, foot, and bicycle.

A Barbara Tuchman Classic and its Contemporary Resonance

“A phenomenon of such extended malignance as the Great War does not come out of a Golden Age,” Tuchman wrote.

Veterans Day and ‘The Destiny of Nations’

Grandfather returned to Kansas after the war but was unable to make a go of it. He left his wife and children in 1927 to join the stream of unemployed men heading west.

The Books they Ban: A Novel about the WWII Internment of Japanese

In the last two years, 19 censorship bills became law across the country, including gag orders on public school teachers and librarians, according to the National Education Association.