Fitness Corner: Holiday event survival guide

Has anyone else noticed that the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year? I’m not even talking about the Christmas stuff already on sale at Costco! Although Christmas and Thanksgiving are still firmly ensconced in December and November respectively, it seems there are plenty of reasons to gather with friends and family to eat…

Restaurant News: Bakery delights and Mediterranean fare, plus holiday market nearby

First, some quick notes about nearby happenings: The Edmonds Holiday Market will return: It’s scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 12 through Dec. 17. It will be held on Fifth Avenue North. Coming soon update: Edmonds has several sites slated for future food establishments, but delays, endless holding patterns and rumors roil our tummies….

Playtime: Halloween events heating up, plus day camps and overnights

If you are on social media in any form, you have likely heard and/or used the term “Adulting.” While I couldn’t find a definition in the more formal online dictionaries, it is basically doing the required tedious acts of being an adult. For instance, this week, my “Adulting” included doing a load of laundry more…

Military Wire: ‘U.S. Veterans in the Workforce’ book launch party Oct. 29

The past month I’ve been a bit remiss in keeping you all up to date on the latest and greatest initiatives, issues, and companies involving veterans. I could give you an excuse, but as my parents grilled into me throughout my youth, “excuses are no excuse for not getting the work done.” I simply didn’t…

Recommended Reads: Gene Wilder’s novel of love set in World War I

My French Whore: A Love Story, by Gene Wilder The treasured legacy of Gene Wilder includes his books. He wrote a touching autobiography, and also an intriguing group of novels about love. This is one of those novels. It’s set partly in France and then later in Germany in 1918, during World War I. The…

Restaurant News: Reader-recommended favorites nearby

Readers and colleagues thrill yours truly with mentions of food spots in our area that she has yet to discover. Culinary delights await those who seek new experiences at new local eateries. Tucked next to a Quickie Mart or a 7-Eleven are Rila, O’Yeah Tasty and Talay Thai, treasures just waiting to be discovered in…

Fitness Corner: Outdoor walking vs. treadmill walking

I stepped outside to walk at 7 a.m. this morning and realized that it’s not just darker now, there is also an undeniable chill of fall in the air. For someone like me, an avid outdoor walker, it’s time to prepare for inclement dark weather and the possibility that I will need to hit the…

Playtime: After-school fun, from sports to drama to scouting

Back To School is no joke. In the blink of an eye, it’ll be Curriculum Night and we’ll be signed up for a parent-teacher conference. When I saw a Facebook post today about forgotten lunches and soccer games changing weekend plans, I felt such relief it wasn’t just me. The theme in my circle of…

Restaurant News: Fine Mexican fare at Las Espuelas

“Exceeded my expectations.” The enthusiastic comment from my lunch companion summed up our delicious meal at Las Espuelas Mexican Restaurant, located at 4306 228th St. S.W., in Mountlake Terrace. Greeted by a friendly waitress, we were escorted to a comfy booth amidst tasteful western décor. The name, Las Espuelas, means “the spurs,” which was inspired…

Editor at large: Till fence do us part

“Natalie, don’t freak out.” My dad can get dramatic over the phone. I usually don’t worry about it too much when he gets like this, but it’s about 9 p.m. on a Monday night — which is definitely not the time he would usually call me. “Okay, I won’t,” I replied. My dad then told…

Editor at large: Wedding bells ring nearly seven years later

I had already gotten on the bus to the airport when I was surprised by my cell phone ringing. My caller ID showed a number I did not recognize. “My flight was cancelled and they put me on a later plane,” Chris’s voice said on the other end. I was surprised and grateful that he…

Day Trip Discoveries: Walking, jogging, hiking and biking on nearby trails

Whether you enjoy a brisk walk or more strenuous exercise, you can take advantage of several convenient trails in Snohomish County that are accessible year-round. Some trails feature bird-watching and wildlife viewing, all offer scenic views ranging from wetlands to mountains, and one even includes horseback riding. Each trail is fine for families as well…

Healthy Eating: Tomatoes and basil are for more than just pasta

Tomatoes and basil ripening and ready to be eaten is a celebration for me. I’m the only one in my household that likes raw tomatoes (unbelievable?!) so when they are fresh picked from the vine, I am in heaven. Basil and tomatoes go hand in hand–combining these two ingredients with fresh mozzarella and extra virgin…

Military Wire: Company performance improves with military veterans

Recent research performed by Efraim Benmelech and Carola Frydman, both associate professors of finance at Kellogg School, found “firms that are run by CEOs with military experience perform better than other CEOs.” The same holds true for companies that hire veterans as part of their overall team. While the trend in the early 2000s was…

Playtime: As back-to-school season gears up, ways to give back

There is no avoiding that we are in the back-to-school season. There are commercials showing snazzy tweens dancing to music that came out when I was in high school, pencil and ruler-decorated displays any time you shop, and the school supply lists — which are nothing like we remember them — are overwhelming and expensive….

Military Wire: Veterans weigh in on Hillary Clinton

Growing up, my dad encouraged me to use the “Ben Franklin Method” when faced with difficult decisions. Most of you know this method — get a piece a paper out, write your issue at the top, draw a line down the center, write pros on one side and cons on the other. I think in…

Ask the Vet: Thyroid disease in dogs and cats

First. let’s talk about the thyroid gland. Dogs and cats have a divided thyroid gland located on either side of the trachea just below the larynx. Humans usually have just one gland, more or less the shape of a butterfly. Some individual humans, dogs and cats can have ancillary thyroid tissue, usually small amounts, located…

Healthy Eating: Time to get creative with zucchini

We have once again arrived at the time of the year when neighbors start leaving zucchini on the front porch. I stopped planting this squash because I know so many folks are going to get extra. I love to shred it, measure out one-cup portions, store it in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze until…

Looking Forward: It’s time for another Old Settlers Picnic

On Thursday, Aug. 5, 1899 — 117 years ago — the very first gathering for a picnic by the old settlers of South Snohomish County took place at the Cedar Valley home of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Burleson. That first event was held to celebrate the 34th birthday of Della (Bartholomew) Burleson. This picnic gathering…

Day Trip Discoveries: Restoration Center is Paine Field’s surprise aviation attraction

Paine Field near Everett boasts several major aviation attractions such as the popular Boeing Tour at the Future of Flight and the vintage aircraft displays at Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight. A fourth, little-known attraction is the Museum of Flight Restoration Center and Reserve Collection on the southeast side of Paine Field. Here vintage…

Looking Back: Doris and Charles — and a love affair to be remembered

You may be surprised to learn this is actually a story about genealogy research. However, I am something of a romanticist when it comes to genealogy, and I definitely saw that this particular research project is all about romance. Unlike most of my Looking Back stories, this one doesn’t take place locally; instead it has…

Recommended Reads: ‘We the People’ explores evolution of American ideals

We the People, by Juan Williams This comprehensive American history tells how Americans, known and unknown, contributed to this nation’s story. The author poses interesting questions. What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Where are we today, and how did we get here? We’re taught who the original Founding Fathers are; who are…

From the Publisher’s Desk: It’s all about trust

Since starting My Edmonds News in 2009, I’ve attended numerous national seminars aimed at helping journalists become more entrepreneurial. In recent months, I have come to realize that much of what I learned is the reason why journalism is in such trouble. Nearly all of us in those seminars — funded by prestigious national journalism…

Playtime: Family walks and conversation with Pokemon Go

You don’t need to be a parent or a kid to have heard/read/seen the words “Pokemon Go” a million times since the app’s July 6th launch. The app that has turned into a world-wide phenomenon is based on the mid-’90s video and card game, and is akin to geocaching. Users head out (yeah, like outside)…