Healthy Eating: Nutritious almond butter stars in these crunchy cookies

I have always loved a good peanut butter and jam sandwich. For me it’s the perfect hiking sandwich because you don’t have to worry about anything getting spoiled and I enjoy them smooshed out of my backpack! I’m not a fan of jelly, but I am lucky that our garden’s berry patches produce enough raspberries…

The Writer’s Desk: Prepare to Celebrate National Poetry Month

In Ray Bradbury’s Zen in The Art of Writing, he asks,” What does writing teach us?” “… [writing] reminds us we are alive ….and writing is survival…while art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.” What Bradbury confirms…

Under the weather: Spring showers to highlight first full weekend of new season

Well, we made it, everyone. We have survived another Pacific Northwest winter and have officially transitioned into spring. To make things even better, we were able to celebrate the new season with an actual spring-like day on Tuesday (March 22). I mentioned last week that we had the chance of seeing the first 60-degree day…

Re-Imagining Retirement: What needs expanding?

Joyce Major started sensing a need to expand her heart. In her mid-50s and selling real estate in Seattle, she became uncomfortable with her life. Her two sons would be leaving college and home soon. What came next for her? As it turns out, she dreamed a dream of doing community service projects around the…

Fitness Corner: What motivates you to work out?

What is the thought that gets you exercising? What is it, exactly, that makes a sedentary person decide that they want to get active? Or an overweight person decide they want to shed some pounds? Or a person decide they want to start lifting weights? It’s a decision that comes from a thought that motivates…

Art Beat: Scholarships and education opportunities for aspiring artists, musicians

Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation extends art student scholarship application deadline to March 28 The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation offers scholarships to students who will be pursuing college work in the visual arts. Students must live within the boundaries of the Edmonds School District and graduate from High school in 2022, or be Edmonds Community College…

Gardening through the seasons: Spring

We welcome a new quarterly column, “Gardening through the Seasons,” by Edmonds Master Gardener Barbara Chase. It is good to put February rain and gloom behind us and prepare for spring. March has come and we are starting to experience the natural beauty which makes the Northwest a gardening paradise. I love the seasonal changes,…

Under the weather: Showery weekend ahead as we wrap up final weekend of winter

When we were in the height of our cold snap back in late December and early January, many of you were probably longing for spring—or the warmer/nicer weather generally associated with it—to come quickly. Since then, we’ve had a drier-than-average year up to this point, with 66% of the days having less than 0.01 inches…

Home + Work: Working from…options are in bloom this spring

Working from your home office is nice but, let’s face it, we’ve been doing that for a really hot minute. Sometimes you’ve gotta change up the scenery a little bit and add some color into your workday. Here are some of our favorite places to work that aren’t your home office (and may or may…

Playtime: It’s March — time to register for summer camps, classes

The first semester in the Edmonds School District wrapped up and now it’s time for summer camp registration?!? I understand all of the reasons cities and other care providers have to plan this far ahead, but it doesn’t mean that the gauntlet of finding care and predicting the needs and interests of your kids isn’t…

Under the weather: Clear skies expected for first weekend of meteorological spring

Our transition from meteorological winter to spring was definitely a wet one after the majority of February was dry. Here is a map showing rainfall totals over the past week, from Friday through Thursday, March 3. Over the past week, most locations in Western Washington saw several inches of rainfall. The Tacoma Narrows Airport saw…

The Writer’s Desk: Tips for making the most of your writing

I love films about writers. A good indie movie, The Magic of Belle Isle, is directed by Rob Reiner and stars Morgan Freeman as a writer who has stopped writing. Freeman’s character, an award-winning Western writer named Monte, tells his nephew, “Drinking is my full-time job now, and I can’t work two jobs.” I like films…

Recommended Reads: Historical novel explores 1641 Irish Rebellion

When Starlings Fly As One, by Nancy Blanton Merel is serving as maid to Lady Carey in Ireland, as tensions erupt between the Irish and the English in 1642. Leaders on both sides do all they can to inspire and appeal to followers in this fight. Both countries have so much to gain, and potentially everything…