Healthy Eating: Fresh vegetables star in this nutritious pasta salad

When most people think of pasta salad, they probably think of a restaurant in the 1980s with fake brick walls and hanging plants or perhaps a bland side dish at a community potluck meal. I am here to say that you can bring any pasta salad up to date as well as interesting with good…

Fitness Corner: Appreciation through absence

When I was growing up, all I ever wanted was a pool. I was obsessed with pools. The most exciting thing in the world for me was when my grandmother would come to visit from England and stay at a hotel with a pool. My sister and I would be in that pool all day…

Just Around the Corner: Shoreline’s Highland Ice Arena set to close in October

The Highland Ice Arena, opened since 1962, will be closing next month. Through the decades, the arena has seen innumerable skating lessons, hockey games, parties and practices. The original owners, Dorothy and Jim Stephens, passed away at the age of 99 and 100, respectively — in 2021 and 2022.  This left the business to their children, Terry…

Recommended reads: Three fun books for the end of summer

As fall draws near, here are three books that are part of a summer series, a great way to end the season A Butter Brickle Debacle, by Sonja N. Griffing Eris McMillan is the embodiment of walking chaos, rushing from instantaneous disorder to unexpected mayhem, sometimes in the flash of her honey-brown eyes. She’s a marketing…

Under the weather: Fall-like temperatures finally expected over the weekend

Many of us were likely hoping that we could actually get through the summer months without having a smoke event. Unfortunately, that did not happen this year. Wildfire smoke from the north Cascades began pouring into western Washington by last Friday, which began reducing air quality. For our neck of the woods, this wasn’t anything…

Under the weather: Smoke and near-record highs possible over the weekend

One of the worst parts of summertime on the West Coast is the possibility of smoke infiltrating the area, contributing to poor air quality and visibility. We’ve been quite blessed in this department this year, with very little issues regarding air quality as a result of smoke. Unfortunately, it’s looking like we won’t escape completely…

Looking Back: Deception Pass, before and after

Before – a treasured photo For me, old books hold a special place in my heart. A few years ago, as a volunteer at Humble House, Sno-Isle Genealogical Society’s library at Lynnwood’s Heritage Park, I was straightening some of the books on the shelves, when I found treasure in the form of a photo in…

Restaurant News: Ready to serve up restaurant ideas, recipes and more

I have been writing the Healthy Eating column for the My Neighborhood News Network since 2018. While Restaurant News writer Kathy Passage is taking a break from covering the food scene in our area, I will be filling in for her.I will continue to bring you the Healthy Eating column as well, but I look…

Just Around the Corner: Lots to see (and saw) at Evergreen State Fair

  The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe continues Sept. 1-5 (closed Aug. 31). Parking is cash-only ($10 weekdays, $15 on weekends). Gate admission prices and other information can be found here.  The address is 14405 179th Ave. S.E., in Monroe. — Photos by David Carlos Mountlake Terrace resident David Carlos often submits photos and videos profiling…

Playtime: End-of-summer and fall activities, plus that back-to-school vibe

As it turns out, my house has entered the Bob Ross “No mistakes. Only Happy Accidents” poster phase in our end-of-summer mood management program. It is a program that also includes random yet audible realizations that summer is almost over, continued wrangling over when summer school assignments will be finished, and a million lists and…

Under the weather: Cooldown coming along with chance of showers

Well, here we are—the last weekend of August and the last weekend of meteorological summer. While the heat seems to have been around forever, summer has flown by as a whole. This year, the warmth just hasn’t seemed to let up, or if it does, it hasn’t lasted long. The graph below shows a yearly…

The Writer’s Desk: What’s at the center of your story?

Just like our bodies, stories have a core; it’s the moment near the center where what the story is really about is cemented. Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell describes this as “like popping open the hood and showing writers how they can be intentional about the story.” According to Bell,…

Recommended reads: Mystery set in North Carolina mountains will keep you guessing

Mountain Blaze, by Debby Grahl Diana Thompson is engaged, but not happily. Doubts about the imminent big day lead Diana to accept a Thanksgiving invitation from her friend Jenn, who promised a relaxing time away from the city and her fiance. They travel into the mountains of North Carolina to join Jenn’s family at their…

Playtime: Engage your kids with these online art and science videos

In the mid 2000s, I joined a message board for an online pregnancy magazine as recommended by my high school best friend who was a few months ahead of me, gestationally speaking. This was a chance to see what others were experiencing and to relate to those who also shared a need for stretchy pants…

Day trip discoveries: Enjoy a local getaway to Mount Rainier National Park

We all admire Mount Rainier when “the mountain is out.” However, visiting its surrounding national park often only happens when we have out-of-town visitors. Don’t wait, do your own local getaway to this spectacular preserve, whether a day trip or overnight stay. The Nisqually Entrance offers the most options for dramatic scenery, wildflowers and waterfalls,…

Fitness Corner: The momentum of doing nothing

A couple of weeks ago, there I was, as usual, on the couch. A common place for me to be, two months into recovering from what felt like the slowest-healing-ever sprained ankle and pain-won’t-go-away broken wrist. That was the moment when I realized that I felt too comfortable on the couch. Far more comfortable on…

Just Around the Corner: Everett’s Despi Delite Bakery

Knowing that I’m always interested to try new eateries in the area, a friend mentioned that I needed to go to a bakery in Everett, near Funko Field.  “It’s the best,” he said. Sunday, my wife and I were driving around and decided to go to the suggested spot, Despi Delite Bakery. It’s been in Everett…

Home + Work: Delegate these five things to relish the end of summer

Isn’t it funny how we became adults and then no longer got to enjoy summer breaks? If you’re like us and signed up for a fancy corporate job, you slipped into your “grown-up” career and then walked out of a tall office building one day, bleary-eyed and blinking, thinking, How did I get here? What…