From the Publisher’s Desk: 11 years and counting

Eleven. It’s not a particularly magical number — unless it’s the number of years you’ve been slogging through as a community news publisher at possibly the worst time to be a news publisher in modern history. Most of you know the story: News publications going out of business or downsizing is the norm these days, both…

Recommended Reads: ‘Debriefing The Dead’ a powerful urban fantasy

Debriefing The Dead, by Kerry Blaisdell Hyacinth Finch is having a tough day. She’s found a mysterious rock that has mystic powers. She had no idea that demons, and also the brutal Sicilian Mob, are in deadly pursuit to steal it from her. After the bad guys murder Hyacinth and her sister, they carry away…

Restaurant News: From sushi to gyros, new dining options in Lynnwood

Happy accident: An Amazon return meant a trip to Alderwood Mall. Sad to see former favorite food establishments shuttered, my spirits lifted as I rounded the corner. A new sushi spot — Bitty Fish Sushi — recently opened in the location formerly occupied by Blue C Sushi. I had to investigate and share with readers….

Under the Weather: Fall storms get off to an early start with an atmospheric river

  Autumn has only just begun, but we’re already expecting the stormy weather that we’re accustomed to seeing this time of year. On Wednesday, an atmospheric river is expected to take aim directly at the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it some significant rainfall. What is an atmospheric river? I wrote an article about this phenomenon…

Looking Back: 1910 Snohomish County plat map inspires stories of local history

Discovering history sources Clues to historical stories can be found in records from many different, and even unusual sources. The idea for this column originated from a small portion of a 1910 Plat of Township 27 North, Range 4 East, Willamette Meridian, Snohomish County, Washington. The southwest Snohomish County landholders of 1910 shown on this…

Fitness Corner: Simple lifestyle choices key to actively aging

No one wants to get old, yet we can pretty much agree it is far better than the alternative! There are few of us who don’t complain about how our bodies and minds change as we get older. But as 90-year-old Edmonds resident Janet Robertson demonstrates by her own experience, aging doesn’t need to be…

Playtime: Free and low-cost options for school lunches

In years past, I have always waited anxiously for the Edmonds School District Family and Community Calendar to come out. Since it has all of the important dates — days off, early releases, holidays – I was anxious to get those in my calendar even though I’d often end up surprised by the schedule change,…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for September 2020

The rain on Monday and the cooler nights are starting to make it feel like fall. Have you noticed signs that your plants feel it, too? Luckily our gardening days are not yet numbered since we are projected to get back into the 80s this week, which should help ripen the rest of those green…

Playtime: Workspace options for kids with remote learning challenges

As kids around the country head back to school — many of my friends and family in other states have started their school years already– the typical “first day” photos look much different. Those attending school in person are wearing masks and those learning virtually are in their workspaces or posing with their devices instead…

Healthy Eating: Homemade granola, your way

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Suffice it to say that I still love my hometown (especially for many of its culinary treasures) but I am glad that I call Edmonds home (especially because of the weather and the natural beauty.)  One of my earliest cooking memories is making granola with my mother in…

Recommended Reads: Get ready for spine-tingling mystery at Spook Light Inn

Haunting At Spook Light Inn, by Alicia Dean Camille left Miami for Devil’s Promenade. Her visit to this small town in rural Oklahoma is a quest. She searches for a legendary light, one with haunting effects sparkling in the sky without explanation, or predictability. This phenomenon appears only to some, and over the span of…

Playtime: Many child care, recreation programs available as schools open remotely

This week, the Edmonds School District held two community forums, one to address special education and one to address child care options. Both sessions were recorded and can be watched at YouTube.com/EdmondsSD. The district announced that it partnered with four child care providers to support families during the 2020-21 school year. The YMCA will be…

Military Wire: Why ‘VUCA’ demands more attention than the virus

The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other in recent times. It is the greatest challenge that the United States has faced since World War II. It combines the economic impact of the Great Depression of the 1930’s with social turmoil of the 1960’s. Even before the pandemic, uncertainty was pervasive: We faced rapid…

Recommended Reads: Thriller will keep you guessing from beginning to end

This Is How I Lied, by Heather Gudenkauf Maggie Kennedy-O’Keefe is ready to take a break from her unmarked police patrol duties. She’s eight months pregnant, but not interested in going on full leave quite yet. She’s assigned a cold case to take a new look at with today’s investigative tools, to find the person…

Playtime: Fun ahead for families– Wilderness school, Pokémon Go, Girls on the Run

We first talked about Pokémon Go, the mobile Augmented Reality game involving Pokémon characters popularized on cards of the same name, in 2016 — just after the app was released. Throngs of users crowded Pokéstops, where you gather supplies and catch the characters, at the Edmonds Waterfront playing the game. About two weeks ago, the…