Restaurant News: Local eats for you and your Valentine

Admit it: We all LOVE to be loved. A special holiday, just around the corner, plays a role in expression of love. Mister Rogers had a wonderful song about how folks show love — “There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You.” In one version of the song he says the “eating way,” as…

Recommended Reads: Kendall and Cooper talk mysteries with Mike Lawson

Recommended Reads columnist Wendy Kendall joins mystery writer Julie Cooper for a podcast interview with Mike Lawson, and also provides a short write-up below about one of Lawson’s books, “House Odds.” ~ ~ ~ ~ With so much attention directed at Washington, D.C. these days, here’s an author who has some fun with the mysteries…

Day Trip Discoveries: Fun winter events celebrate Snohomish frogs and birds

Every winter, Snohomish County has two annual events that draw birding enthusiasts — and one very quirky GroundFrog Day. Since groundhogs aren’t native to Washington State — but we have lots of frogs thanks to all our rain — why not a groundfrog adaption? So the City of Snohomish Chamber of Commerce ingeniously invented GroundFrog…

Restaurant News: Keeping your resolutions with flavor nearby

If you are like most people, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthy. The good news is that you can still enjoy your favorite cuisines while meeting that goal. We love Indian cuisine in our family, so I decided to search out healthy dishes at some of our newest locations. First I…

Playtime: Support a cause while meeting your fitness goals

If ever there was a time to mix your New Year health goals and supporting a cause, it feels like this particular January is it. Girls on the Run Snohomish County has a co-ed adult charity running program called SoleMates, where participants get training help while raising money for after-school running teams for girls which…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Let’s get ‘ReadyTogether’

Many of you know that disaster preparedness is one of my favorite causes. Last spring, I worked with Snohomish County Fire District 1 and other organizations to sponsor a “Count Me in When Disaster Strikes” presentation at Edmonds Community College — with the goal of starting a conversation with Southwest Snohomish County residents about preparing…

Military Wire: ‘Patriots Day’ a must-see movie

Disaster will strike. On Jan. 13, the movie Patriots Day by Peter Berg, the director of “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” hits theaters — and this is one movie that should be required viewing for all. “Patriots Day” is the powerful story of the Boston Marathon bombing and a community’s courage to respond and come…

Recommended Reads: A swashbuckling tale with a Shakespearean twist

Shakespeare’s Rebel, by C. C. Humphreys Has it been awhile since your last swashbuckling adventure? Then avast ye readers and you’ll be forewarned. I’m telling you about a fun, fast-paced, sword-wielding tale of a daredevil rogue on a thrilling, romantic adventure. The story is set in 16th century England, during Shakespearean times, without the Shakespearean…

From the Publisher’s Desk: The best gift

One of my greatest rewards as a parent is being able to spend time with my son and daughter now that they are adults. This is especially true during the holidays, when we revisit our family traditions, share memories and laugh — a lot. It’s been just over a year since we celebrated my son’s…

Recommended Reads: Kendall and Cooper talk mysteries with Hugh Ashton

Recommended Reads columnist Wendy Kendall joins mystery writer Julie Cooper for a podcast interview with Hugh Ashton. Ashton is a renowned Holmesian author, writing more Sherlock Holmes stories that were found in Dr. Watson’s deed trust box, as the story goes. He’s also written a series of delightful children’s books – Sherlock Ferret. Sherlock Ferret…

Restaurant News nearby: Openings, closings, new finds

Things change quickly in our local restaurant scene. Panda Express, a favorite Chinese restaurant for fresh and fast Chinese food for over 30 years, is now open in Edmonds in the WinCo Center at 220th and Hwy 99. I had a hungry young man at home and no time to cook. For less than $10, I…

From the Publisher’s Desk: A local solution to the ‘fake news’ fight

On Friday morning, I’ll be giving a “TED Talk” of sorts to high school students and staff at Mountlake Terrace High School. The talk will be part of a morning program organized by longtime MTHS journalism instructor Vine DeMiero. The topic? “CLEAR! Defibrillating Journalism Before It Redlines.” I have spoken in the past to students,…

Playtime: Kid-friendly fun for those on a ‘one-less-job’ budget

It is around the holidays that I’m even more keenly aware of how different people’s holidays and traditions are for Thanksgiving. We have a lot more “together” time at home as it’s just the four of us for a semi-non traditional dinner; I mean why invest cooking all day and making a turkey if only…

Day Trip Discoveries: Rainy day? Take kids to a children’s museum

When you wonder what to do with house-bound kids or grandkids during winter’s rainy months, take them to a children’s museum. Everett, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia each have a dedicated children’s museum with creative exhibits and hands-on activities designed to encourage both play and learning. These non-profit museums cater to toddlers up to 12-year-olds. While…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy tastes of season by practicing moderation, not denial

We have Thanksgiving behind us, which means the season of eating has only just begun. It can be a challenging time for many, and emotional eating as well as drinking in the name of holiday parties can take over. The practice of “mindful eating” can be useful. I’ve discussed this concept before, but I bring…

Playtime: Resources for having ‘the sex talk’ with your kids

There are many things that come with parenting that aren’t the fun pregnant daydreams you have while folding little onesies. There is the new baby exhaustion which is impossible to fathom, the not being able to wait until they talk and then wanting them to maybe stop talking maybe just at least when you’re trying…

Restaurant News: Dining-out options for Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is filled with food memories. Favorite dishes, prepared once a year for this special meal, bring joy to both those who create culinary delights and those who dine on their efforts. While all enjoy the opportunity to gather and break bread, maybe the chief cook and bottle washer needs a break. Solutions abound….

Playtime: New parent group aimed at helping moms (and dads) cope

There are many things I have forgotten about having a baby, which I am consistently reminded of as my sisters — both with infants — ask me when mine met certain milestones I have very little remembrance of. But the whole “new mom” feeling is not one of them. Despite all the classes, message boards,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Now more than ever, local news matters

It’s an understatement to say that many of us were stunned by the results of Tuesday’s Presidential election. Much has been written by people of all political persuasions regarding how the media didn’t do its job in capturing the mood of the public who decided — via our electoral college system — the race. How…

Looking Back: Remembering longtime MIA Carl Bernard Trager

With the approach of this year’s Veterans’ Day it is time to remember another one of our South Snohomish County young people who died in defense of this country. Carl Trager was killed in action and has been an MIA for over 71 years. Even though our country never forgets its MIAs and the search…

Playtime: Verdant classes aimed at keeping community healthy

Of the many great benefits of writing this column, my ability to continually learn about my community and all of the resources in the city and nearby was probably the most unexpected. Being able to share them with you feels like an exercise in paying-it-forward to all who have helped and continue to help me navigate…

Healthy Eating: Hearty soups for fall

As someone who loves to cook as well as share the joys of nourishing food, the fall season is a favorite time of year. This is because I adore making, eating and sharing soup. I think soup is one of life’s healing elixirs. It’s a great way to use up leftovers from the refrigerator in…