Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for July

Ah, July. Time for summer to officially begin — but not until after the holiday, of course! July is a bit of a limbo month for a lot of gardeners. The heat is building; heat lovers are growing like crazy, spring planted greens may be bolting and going to seed, and while the last of…

Healthy Eating: It’s strawberry season — just in time to celebrate July 4th

I absolutely love it when local fresh strawberries are in season. It means summer is really here (even if the weather feels like “Juneary”).  Strawberries mean the 4th of July is near. Although the usual holiday festivities like city fireworks and parades won’t be happening, you can still celebrate our freedom with fresh strawberries. I…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Revisiting how we engage with Facebook

For years, I have shared with readers my love-hate relationship with Facebook. Actually, let’s flip that: It’s a hate-love relationship. To explain, everything we post to our news websites is also posted to Facebook and Twitter. I used to do this posting individually, by hand, and with three community news websites it was fairly time…

Playtime: Virtual and in-person summer camp options for families

After picking up my second set of books from the Edmonds library since they opened for socially distanced hold pickups and returns (still a thrill), I saw campers and staff at the Edmonds Boys are Girls Club in their camp t-shirts hanging out on the basketball court next to the building. The club has been…

Day Trip Discoveries: Six close-by parks to hike this summer  

Looking to get outdoors beyond neighborhood walks, now that Snohomish County is in Phase 2 and summer is starting? Parks have opened, although parking may be limited at some. Here are six parks that offer walking/hiking escapes close-by or a short drive away. All allow dogs on leash. Yost Park is in the heart of…

Fitness Corner: Running with Wonder Woman

In early 2020, I signed up for the DC Wonder Woman 5K race. I have always been a solitary exerciser but after a hiatus of many years, it felt right to kickstart my running again by running 3.10 miles with a bunch of other runners and walkers, everyone coming together to get moving and achieve…

Kids are Bookin’ It: Dive right in to this adventure on the high seas

Sherlocktopus Holmes — Eight Arms of the Law, by Ellen Byerrum Illustrated by Jacqueline Berkman-Glatigny Recommended especially for Young Readers ages 6 – 10 The game is a-fin! And the underwater mystery is devilfishly clever. Here’s an invitation to dive right in and solve a high seas mystery with a brilliant detective guiding your way. Sherlocktopus…

Playtime: Summer reading, plus family-friendly peaceful protests

Sno-Isle librarians were in the middle of planning for their summer reading program when libraries closed on March 13th due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, our three local libraries offer wi-fi access from their parking lots and Sno-Isle has offered library cards online, moved Storytimes and Trivia online, laid out how to access books,…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for June

Welcome to June, even though it kind of still feels like May with the rain and cool nights we’ve been having. Nighttime temperatures are still hovering around the 50-degree mark, which means depending on your garden microclimate, tender plants like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant can still benefit from a little extra protection like a cloche…

Recommended Reads: A touching memoir of caring for aging parents until the end

Loving the Enemy, by Catherine Fransson “Hang in there. We’ll make it.” Author Catherine Fransson shares a touching memoir about a time in her life that so many people struggle through. It’s a time as an adult, when you are juggling your own life responsibilities, and at the same time caring for people you once depended…

Playtime: Antiracism resources for families

On Saturday morning, Mountlake Terrace High School’s Facebook page shared a letter from Principal Greg Schellenberg to Mountlake Terrace High School students and community members. Schellenberg formally denounced the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, adding “There is no room in the Mountlake Terrace community for racism, misogyny, bigotry and hatred.” Schellenberg…

Re-imagining Retirement: Consequential happiness

I recently was putting serious time into trying to come up with a new name for a project I was working on, when I came up with consequential happiness, as a possibility. I liked the ring to it; however, it would probably need some explaining, right? I’m actually amazed and disappointed, at the same time,…

Looking Back: Charles Robert (Bob) Lutton, Jr. — MIA, WWII

This year, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 25.  However, because of the present health issues, there will be few, if any, gatherings of people for public ceremonies. Instead, I hope the day will be a quiet time, filled with personal reflections. In Edmonds, because it has been 75 years since the ending…

Coronavirus Chronicles: The Juiceman cometh

When the coronavirus lockdown began, Larry Clarke of Mountlake Terrace looked at his Oldskool Juice Co. inventory of freshly squeezed juices in dismay. His usual outlets — hotels and restaurants — were closed. “I didn’t have distribution deals with grocery stores and I was thinking, how do I liquidate $10,000 of fresh product? I was…

Kids Are Bookin’ It: Kids of Lake Meadow Series a lyrical breath of fresh air

Kids of Lake Meadow Series, by Brandon McAlister Illustrated by Sydney McAlister Recommended especially for Young Readers ages 6 – 10 I’ve been to the cheeriest of places, and had the sunniest of fun, playing with the Kids of Lake Meadow. These lyrical books invite their readers to come along with them on every day…