Under the Weather: Hot temperatures return to finish out month of July

Wednesday, July 28, we officially hit an 80-plus-degree high at Paine Field for the first time since early July. This really helps show that after that miserable bout with temperatures that should never get remotely close to Western Washington, things have been quite comfortable for most of this month. It’s been very dry, as has…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Business and politics

Whether you are a business owner or a politician, longevity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you gain more experience with every passing year and feel more comfortable in your role. On the other hand, as you become familiar with the ebb and flow of either your business or election cycle, you may…

The Writer’s Desk: What looks like dawdling may be hard work

Recently I got distracted one morning by scrolling through social media (when I should have been writing) and an illustration of a man standing inside an empty pool and staring off into space popped up on my Instagram feed. The caption read, “Sometimes this is writing, standing silently in an empty pool like a psychopath,…

Healthy Eating: Baked rice — a simple, delicious and versatile dish

Baked rice is a dish that can be served as a side dish or a main dish. You can add extra veggies to the mix if desired–broccoli, carrots, peppers, snap peas come to mind. You can change up the type of nuts, beans and cheese to suit your tastebuds or to use what you have available in…

Just Around the Corner: This place is a zoo

I dare you to come here and say out loud: “Wow, look at these crowds. This place is like a zoo!” The Woodland Park Zoo is in full swing. But be ready to hunt for a parking spot, as they are as rare as some of the species. I also recommend strollers or wagons for…

Under the Weather: Dry stretch continues with no rain in sight

I’m back! A lot has happened these past couple weeks, namely one of the strongest heat waves we’ve ever seen in Western Washington. Believe me, I definitely felt the heat—and so did my husband. We had to take wedding photos outside at the beginning of the worst of the heat, donned in our full wedding…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for July 2021

How did your garden fare through the heat wave? The Ballinger Organic Garden (BOG) did pretty well, with only the tips of some rhubarb leaves a bit crispy and a bit of leaf curl on some plants.  The high water table at Ballinger Park may have helped keep everything hydrated. Many folks weren’t so lucky…

Recommended Reads: Ghosts and romance in ‘Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel’

Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel, by Stella Jayne Phillips Do spirits in a haunted hotel show glimpses into the future, or merely reenact the past? It’s a question posed in the first book, Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel, in the paranormal Creekside Dreams series by author Stella Jayne Phillips. With a mix of excitement,…

The Writer’s Desk: How many drafts do I need?

Recently I attended a workshop by Allison K. Williams on writing powerful sentences. You may recall my previous column on sentences and correctly assume I’m a bit of a sentence freak. What makes a great sentence? Her answer is, “Words in combination with each other and their layout on the page.” Before I reveal more…

Playtime: Places to chill, summer meals for kids, parks survey

Any heat wave brings out the “I had to walk to school, uphill both ways” in me. I had an infant during the heat wave of 2009 that you’re hearing about in the news this week — the hottest day on record was 103 degrees on July 29, 2009. Over the boring retellings, which I’ve…

Looking Back: Taming a town while still having a good time in Edmonds

When the little village of Edmonds incorporated as a fourth-class town in August of 1890, even though there had been some hard times, the residents must have been filled with hope that the final decade of the 19th century would bring prosperity, growth and some needed culture to their community. Certainly, at 5 o’clock in…