Looking Back: The history of a small baby spoon—a family treasure

Sometimes writing articles about history can be frustrating, controversial, and even boring. Right in the middle of putting together an article about a large lumber company, its long-time log agent, and the beginnings of Lynnwood and Edmonds, I experienced all three moods, so I decided to put this particular project aside for the time being,…

Under the Weather: Rain expected at times for first weekend of meteorological spring

In the eyes of meteorologists, it is finally spring. Although astronomical spring doesn’t begin for a couple more weeks, meteorological spring officially arrived on Monday. I don’t know about you, but it definitely felt like spring on Wednesday. What a gorgeous day! Just for fun, let’s take a look back at our meteorological winter as…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for March 2021

March and the sun are here!  Not much gets a gardener’s blood pumping like the first days with 50-degree highs! What should you do this first week of March? Weed. What should you do next week? Weed. And the next and the next?  WEED! Get those pesky plants out now before they have the chance…

The Writer’s Desk: Four self-care tips for writers during a pandemic

Writers tend to be isolated, more so now that there’s a pandemic. How do we keep our minds and bodies fit in order to facilitate our writer’s brains? Take a walk Exercise is proven to help writers work out ideas, but the cold, rainy season in the Pacific Northwest isn’t always conducive to taking a…

Just Around the Corner: Marymoor Park windmill

The windmill at Marymoor Park in Redmond is on property originally owned in the early 1900s by banker and developer James Clise. Cattle and horses were raised on the property, which was called Willowmoor Farm. During a visit to the Netherlands, the Clise family fell in love with the windmills. Upon returning home, they had…

Under the Weather: Mix of showers and sun expected in coming days

Another week of winter down, another week closer to spring! Although astronomical spring (traditional seasons) begins on March 20, meteorological spring actually begins on Monday. You can read more about the differences between astronomical and meteorological seasons here. For those counting down the days until summer, this is likely music to your ears. We are getting…

Fitness Corner: Learning from limitations

Ask any of my clients and they will tell you that I am an expert in working around all sorts of physical and mental limitations. For example: Client text: I tweaked my knee and so I don’t think I should workout today. Coach Pritam reply: We can do all kinds of things that don’t involve…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for February 2021

Most of the gardeners I know are getting antsy to start their 2021 garden. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to finalize your planting plan so you can purchase seeds and mark your calendar with start dates. It’d be terrible to get so excited about tomatoes that you forget to start your onions! If you…

The Writer’s Desk: It takes a village to write a novel

There’s a universal image of an author sitting alone, fingers tapping on a keyboard or handwriting on a paper tablet as she writes her book. For the most part, writing is a solitary experience. At least in drafting the story one needs a room of her own, yet if we expect to get our work…

Healthy Eating: Time to jump on the sourdough starter bandwagon

During the pandemic, sourdough has become all the rage. People are home more; they are cooking more often, and social media has made sourdough the superstar of the baking world right now. So much so that people give their sourdough starters names as if they are new pets in the family. I have had a…

Under the Weather: Weekend ahead starts mostly dry — but ends wet

Well, as you could probably tell, besides a few stray snowflakes that fell Tuesday night, it didn’t snow. Sorry, fellow snow-lovers. The ingredients just did not all come together like they needed to. So far, the snowfall for our area has been almost abysmal—with the only accumulating snowfall of the season (albeit very minimal) falling…