Military Wire: ‘The Last Full Measure’ exposes valor in Vietnam

“The ultimate sacrifice deserves the highest honor.” In today’s divided America, it is often difficult to see the good in others if they don’t align with our way of thinking. Yet, in the military, regardless of one’s political bent or preferences, there is still a strong dedication to the principle of “one team, one fight”…

Healthy Eating: This curry squash soup makes a nourishing winter meal

By now you probably know that one of my favorite things to make is soup. During the winter months I am completely satisfied by a bowl of soup and a slice of hearty bread for dinner. Sometimes I’ll add in a tossed salad. My chief taste tester (my dear husband) often feels that soup passes…

Day Trip Discoveries: Snow geese and whale watching  

Every February, snow geese blanket the skies and fields near Stanwood before their annual migration north. Beginning in March, massive gray whales migrate up the West Coast and through Puget Sound toward Alaskan waters. Both offer extraordinary wildlife watching opportunities – during a season when not much other wildlife puts on such a show. So…

Restaurant News: Treat yourself to Milkie Milkie Korean Desserts

Although people don’t usually crave icy treats so much in the dead of winter, most of us still enjoy a little ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt regardless of the season. I’ve got another icy treat for you to consider. If you’re a fan of the aforementioned desserts and you haven’t tried bingsoo yet, you…

Weekend road trip: Enjoy a window into local marine life at Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium, located on Pier 56 of the iconic Seattle waterfront, has been a popular destination for locals and tourists to the area since its opening in 1977. In 2007 the aquarium completed a $41 million renovation and is hoping to soon put into motion a $113 million expansion that could be open to…

Fitness Corner: When a New Year’s resolution lasts a lifetime

When I was 16 years old I made a New Year’s resolution that changed my life. I resolved to give up soda for one year. I have no recollection of why I did it, but I do remember it ended up being a resolution as well as sort of a bet with my boyfriend at…

Healthy Eating: Tips for mindful eating as new decade dawns

As we start 2020, I have been reading many articles that reflect on the past year and the past decade. With regards to food and eating, there seems to be a trend right now that gives more permission for people to be themselves and eat the way that works for their bodies and their situations….

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for January

MLTnews welcomes this new monthly column from Robyn Rice of the Ballinger Organic Garden. From the outside, January looks like a sleepy time for gardeners. The weather is abysmal, the soil is cold and wet, and not much is actively growing. But on the inside, January is busy busy busy! There are seed catalogs to…

Just Around the Corner: The end of another Seattle landmark

First & Pike News at Pike Place Market closed Dec. 31 after 40 years in business. The corner news stand has been a local landmark at Pike Street and First Avenue, once offering over 2,500 types of magazines and newspapers from all over the world. Owner Lee Lauckhart, 78, plans to retire and work on…

Playtime: What to do during winter break? Check out these free events at our local libraries

It is hard to talk about “Betwixtmas,” what Urban Dictionary defines as “the week in-between Christmas and New Years Day,” without sounding like I-need-a-vacation-from-my-vacation guy. But, when Googled, there are survival guides, articles, hashtags and, of course, there is a full week of winter break left in the Edmonds School District. If you’re looking for…

Recommended Reads: Set in Seattle and Cascades, this mystery has a contemporary twist

Winter Takes All, by ML Erdahl Crystal is a newly hired wilderness guide. She’s thrilled to finally have excitement in her life as she heads into Washington State’s Cascade wilderness. It’s all so promising. She’s on the trail with a ruggedly handsome, experienced guide mentoring her on leading a private snowshoeing weekend party. Who could…

Playtime: More holiday events to enjoy through the weekend

Last week, on social media I saw an article about how “Holiday Magic” takes its toll on women. It immediately made me think of the Lifetime Christmas Movie I saw  this month called On Strike For Christmas with Daphne Zuniga, who you likely either remember as Jo Reynolds, resident of Melrose Place or Princess Vespa, resident…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Remember to thank a teacher

In my generation of journalists, nearly everyone I know was influenced by a great high school journalism teacher. Someone who lit a fire under us. Who saw some raw talent and encouraged us to develop it. In my case, that journalism teacher was Steve Rogers. Steve started his teaching career at Ellensburg High School after…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Love, Play, Listen

Years ago, I was drawn to the marvelous work of Bernie Siegal with his book Love Medicine and Miracles and his others. In recent times, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote of her quest in book. Today I propose a new title of Love Play Listen! I want a simple easy recipe for isolation and Love Play Listen…

Healthy Eating: Choose your food treats wisely during the holidays

Are you still feeling full from your Thanksgiving feast? Did you eat a piece of pie for breakfast the next day? That’s OK because it probably has pumpkin or apples, maybe eggs, butter and milk, flour and spices — all ingredients that a healthy breakfast might include! But… remember most of us gain weight between…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Gratitude

It’s hard to believe, but we are almost at the end of 2019. And what a year it has been. Since January, we have been recognized for our work in numerous ways, including MLTnews being honored as 2019 Small Business of the Year and Publisher Teresa Wippel being named Edmonds Citizen of the Year for…

Playtime: Many options to see Santa this season

It took more than one try to get our first picture with Santa, now 13 years ago. I used the trick where you hand the kiddo to Santa while keeping eye contact and smiling while the photographer jingles the bell for further distraction. Santa is picture perfect and my son is mostly smiling. Over the…

Fitness corner: In November, my thoughts turn to men’s health

When November rolls around every year, I think a lot more about gratitude. Thanksgiving has a way of reminding us how much we have to be grateful for, and I often find myself telling people “I’m thankful for you” and that sort of thing. And when Movember rolls around every year, I think about my…

Kids are Bookin’ It: ‘Trombone Shorty’ a magical, musical adventure set in New Orleans

Trombone Shorty, by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner Bryan Collier Recommended especially for Young Readers ages 6 – 8 Where y’at? This fun, true story will transport you magically into the midst of a New Orleans neighborhood. This wonderful book describes the city in such exceptional language it stimulates your imagination…

Playtime: Holiday events just around the corner

Christmas movies turn up on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels ahead of the holiday. Though of the two Lifetime channels we have, one is still playing a movie that involves a cheerleader who murders or a mom who murders or — as in the movie I checked right now to make sure I wasn’t exaggerating…

Recommended Reads: Thrills abound in international action novel ‘The Eighth Sister’

The Eighth Sister, by Robert Dugoni Mystery surrounds the sisters. Their identities are unknown even to each other. Trained from birth to penetrate Russia’s foreign intelligence service and report to the CIA, suddenly they are disappearing. Three of them are dead. What is it about this intrigue that appeals to ex-agent Charles Jenkins? What convinces…