Playtime: October’s the month for hockey, Halloween — and pie-making

October is hockey and Halloween heavy at our house. The NHL’s newest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, have started their inaugural season. The best way that I can quantify what a big deal it is in our orbit is that our oldest son’s hockey game was rescheduled once they noticed it would conflict with the…

Recommended Reads: Angels of light and darkness battle in new fantasy novel

Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven, by Danielle M. Orsin What’s it like to be abandoned, locked out from your home and left to find your own way? The angels on earth must reconcile their feelings as their beautiful wings decay, and they are locked outside the gates of Heaven. After the great war…

Sponsor spotlight: Five tax-loss harvesting tips

Though the markets have been up strongly this year, your investment portfolio could have a few lemons in it. Using the tax strategy of tax-loss harvesting, you may be able to turn those lemons into lemonade. Here are five tips: Tip #1: Separate short-term and long-term Your investments are divided into short-term and long-term buckets….

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for October 2021

Fall came out of nowhere and now seems to be here to stay, with lots of rain and cooler days. Get outside during one of the breaks in the rain to cut down, rake up and generally dispose of anything that is past its prime, including tomatoes, squash plants and bolting greens. Now is the…

Under the weather: Dry start to weekend before October rain returns

The month of October is so amazing—not just because my husband and I both have our birthdays toward the end of the month. It’s such an awesome time of the year—the leaves on trees are vibrant colors, the fall festivities are going full steam, and there’s a good mix of rain and sun to make…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Feeling invisible

The transition into retirement often holds several momentous “aha’s. One is when you realize you no longer have a reason to get out of bed! Another is who do you socialize with during the day, when your colleagues are all at work? Here’s a tough one: How do you know if your day was productive?…

The Writer’s Desk: Adding details to strengthen scenes and sentences

I’ve heard it said when writing a book, you’d better like your story because you’re going to reread it more than a hundred times. That may be an exaggeration, but if you want to get the words right, you’ll need to refine it over and over. In my July column I discussed how it takes…

Looking Back: The story of Edmonds developer Zophar Lanning Howell III

The people who came to Edmonds when it was still a developing small town, came from various places and backgrounds.  Some had very little money and others were lucky to have a substantial bank roll. However, one thing they all seemed to have in common — hope for a good life in an evolving young…

Healthy Eating: Superfood kale stars in this nutritious salad

It’s hard to believe that this week we celebrate the first week of fall. It’s been a busy summer for me with mixed results in the garden. The heat certainly had a big impact on many of my plants, and it was challenging to keep up with all the watering that our vegetable garden required….

Sponsor spotlight: Enjoy your favorites this week at Scotty’s Food Truck

Whether you are craving Blackened salmon Caesar salad or jumbo shrimp tacos — or maybe a hot bowl of clam chowder —  Scotty’s Food Truck will be in its usual Edmonds spot at Five Corners Calvary Chapel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. Call ahead to avoid the wait: 206-795-1615 Five Corners in Edmonds 8330 212th…

Restaurant News: When ‘buy local’ takes on a whole new meaning

The cottage food industry in Washington state grows entrepreneurs of all sorts. Some are content to stay small and are satisfied to remain in their home kitchens; others see this as a stepping stone to a full launch at a commercial/ retail location. Here’s the skinny: Home/cottage industry locations have a business license with the…

Under the weather: First significant storm of season to hit this weekend

I’m not going to lie—I’ve been waiting for this day for a while. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to write about an actual storm. To make things even better, this storm is expected to be a trifecta of excitement, complete with copious rain, wind and even the potential for thunderstorms. Let’s get right to…

Under the weather: Mild and comfortable for first weekend of the school year

Students in the Edmonds School District went back to school on Wednesday; that really helps to solidify that summer is on its way out. Fall is coming but it is still technically astronomical summer—and weather-wise, it feels like it. We’re still seeing those sunny days! I know for me that it doesn’t truly feel like…

Playtime: Gearing up for next week’s return to school

This has been a big week for back-to-school information in the Edmonds School District. We have had an Edmonds School District News email, many virtual school information presentations, and on Friday, a message from the Superintendent. If you missed your school’s virtual meeting, many are posted on YouTube.com/EdmondsSD. I checked the district site and there…

Looking Back: 9/11—two decades ago

Twenty years ago, when American Airlines Flight No. 77 was hijacked by five terrorists and deliberately flown into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters in Washington, D.C., one of the victims was 52-year-old Sgt. Major Larry Strickland, U.S. Army, who was looking forward to enjoying the leisure of retirement in a few days….

Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening Tips for September

I’m not ready for summer to end, but the garden has already begun the season change. Many plants can benefit from a pruning now. Tomatoes and squash plants may continue to flower long after the deadline for fruit to ripen before frost.  Pruning the growing tip can cue the plant to spend energy ripening existing…