Healthy Eating: Homemade granola is parfait perfect

I have been busy working in my garden and enjoying the good weather we have been having. I always seem to get a late start in the vegetable part of my garden, but this year I have peas, arugula, baby lettuce, dill, parsley, kale and Swiss chard emerging already. The peas were a bit late,…

Military Wire: Veteran students thrive with ‘wrap-around’ services

Paul Knudtson, director of Armed Services Relations at National Louis University in Chicago, is not unlike many of today’s OEF/OIF veterans. He’s married, has several children and honorably served his country. Paul believes in service, like many who serve and have served in uniform, and has continued his “service” after taking off the uniform in…

Child’s Play: Lighten up and have fun with ’50 Dangerous Things’

Just last week, I was talking to my kids’ pediatrician about one of the million things I am worried about. At this point, over nine years into our relationship as pediatrician and person who needs reassurance, she handles it by saying just the right thing. I suspect she doesn’t need a long history to find…

Military Wire: Army’s $287 million Optimism Program results in low morale

The data from a recently released report highlighting the physical and psychological health of troops who participate in the Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, a program launched in 2009 designed to build troop resiliency, was disavowed by Sharyn Saunders, chief of the Army Resiliency Directorate. The reason? Despite the $287 million campaign to…

Healthy Eating: Perfect for your Easter or Passover table — Quinoa Salad

Passover and Easter are approaching and it is a time for family gatherings … which can mean a lot of overeating and rich foods. Here’s an easy, nutritious and healthy recipe for your holiday table. Feel free to substitute another grain as well as add additional vegetables. This recipe is a keeper that you can adapt to…

Fitness Corner: Simple nutrition tricks for weight loss

If you’re like most people, you want to lose weight. It’s a pretty normal desire, and one that is simultaneously motivating and debilitating. We’re surrounded by endless sources of information that tell us to eat this, not that; this study says this, this study says that; if you just do this, you’ll lose that; if…

Military Wire: Afghanistan crumbled under poor leadership

Excellence is not an accident. When cities and countries thrive, it mostly has to do with who is leading and charting the course. Smart leadership is able to weed through the white noise and identify opportunities when others aren’t. And when leadership falters or is usurped, crisis follows. Such is the case with Afghanistan. I…

Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: All about the eyes

Many say that the eyes are windows to the soul. Eyes also reveal our age more than any other facial feature. Why shouldn’t a youthful soul, have youthful eyes to gaze out of? Fortunately, there are many remedies for aging, tired eyes, from simple at-home tricks, to dermatology solutions offering long term results. Concern: Puffy,…

Military Wire: Active-duty faces cuts while Pentagon civilian force grows

As I shared in an earlier article, in mid-January 2015, the Army pulled together a consortium of business owners, politicians, and concerned citizens in the Lacey area to solicit feedback on potential cuts that would impact close to 16,000 troops and contractors. The detrimental financial ripple effect on surrounding businesses and cities — even the…

Healthy Eating: Protein-packed Double Chocolate Power Muffins

I have been teaching yoga since 1987 … when practicing yoga was still considered strange and long before it was popular in the United States. Yoga is part of my “mindfulness” practice, which helps me deal with everyday stresses. I have also been a bicyclist for an even longer time and for the past 15 years…

Looking Back: Reuben Hunter and an early-day mystery

Over 70 years before there was a City of Lynnwood, and even before Alderwood Manor, a few pioneer families were living on land that is now part of Lynnwood. They were the homesteaders, and three of the most well-remembered family names were Hunter, Breed and Morrice. Without a doubt, the most interesting of these was…

Money Talk: Patience a virtue in life and investing

Market volatility can be frightening. Even the possibility of volatility scares some investors. Anxiety is a natural reaction to the hyperbolic headlines calling for the next major market downturn due to the latest world conflict or catastrophe. The important thing to remember is that the primary goal of your portfolio is long-term returns. Shift your…

Military Wire: Federal Department of Veterans Affairs listed as ‘high-risk’

Bob McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, who replaced retired General Eric Shinseki after he faced continued criticism of agency failures, is facing an uphill battle after the recently released Government Accountability Office report. The Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, has been listed as a high-risk…

Healthy Eating: Valentine’s Day treats can be enjoyed S-L-O-W-L-Y

Valentine’s Day is often a time when it is easy to overindulge as well as overeat. After Halloween, Americans spend more money for chocolate and candy on Feb. 14. This Hallmark holiday is one where people feel compelled to buy cards, roses and candy. This is a holiday that can make or break a florist…

Looking Back: 50 years ago – February 1965

Fifty years ago this month on Feb. 3, one of the major events taking place was the opening of Interstate 5 from Seattle to Everett. Two o’clock ceremonies at the Northeast 145th Street Interchange in Seattle included the U.S. color guard from Fort Lawton and the Queen Anne high school band. Following was an address by…

Military Wire: What veterans think when the media gets it wrong

Brian Williams, the NBC Nightly News anchor, is taking some heat for “misremembering” an event in Iraq that took place in 2003. According to his original version of events, he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Last week, he recanted that version only after several soldiers who were involved…

Healthy Eating: A simple 2015 resolution — eat a little less at each meal

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? Have you still kept your resolution? So many of us make resolutions about diet, eating and exercise. I haven’t made resolutions for years, but when I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer I really started paying attention to my diet and exercise for the long-haul. There are…

Military Wire: Proposed cuts at JBLM a catalyst for recession

A decision that is forthcoming in the summer of 2015 could very well be a major blow to families, small business and major employers throughout the Puget Sound region. On Jan. 21, the Army pulled together a “listening session” down in the Lacey, Wash. area to better understand how a proposed downsizing of up to…

Looking back: A joining of the past and the electronic age

For many people microfilm and microfiche may appear too antiquated to even bother with anymore. Especially, since it may seem as if everything that is important from the past in the way of books and other written material has now been digitized and is available to all. However, if you are a historian, a writer,…

Money Talk: Get your business ducks in a row

Business ownership can be very rewarding – but it can also be risky. If you’re an entrepreneur pursuing your dreams and forging your own success, it’s important to put some safeguards in place to ensure that your business doesn’t upend your personal financial plan. Choosing an Appropriate Business Structure Your business’ legal structure can affect…

Military Wire: Military suicide rates remained high in 2014

There is hope among the experts that 2015 turns out differently than the past five years. According to a preliminary report released by Department of Defense, the total number of suicides among U.S. active-duty service members was virtually unchanged from 2013 to 2014. This would be reason to celebrate if the number was zero.Unfortunately, it…

Looking Back: The 1870 federal census and yet another genealogy pitfall

A very puzzling roadblock came to light with the 1870 decennial federal census when I was gathering information while writing the book Chirouse, I could find no listing for Tulalip in Snohomish County. At this same time, I was also researching the history of the pioneering Spithill family. I ran into the identical problem in…

Military Wire: Benghazi – the rest of the story

As America gears up for another election in 2016, both locally and nationally, issues once thought to be yesterday’s headlines will resurface — and the truth will be dressed in perspective and spin. On a national level, Benghazi will be a point of debate and one that all should research and come to their own…